election post-mortem

By Jim Stanford on November 5, 2010

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As much as I looked forward to hearing Matt Mead at the Rotary forum last month, he lost me at "Obamacare."

Step back from the edge. On a whole, the election results weren’t as bad as they could have been. Voters saw through what one friend described as a “fog of irrationality” to elect good candidates locally. The county, another friend said, will continue to have “cohesive, responsive, logical leadership.”

Nationally, Democrats still control the Senate by essentially a 53-47 margin, with 51 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party. No matter what wacko legislation comes out of the Republican-led House, the Senate will cool the wilder impulses.

How now, Tea Partiers? Ye wingnuts who have railed against government woke up this week to find out, guess what, you ARE the government! That means you bear the responsibility for getting things done, not just ranting angrily. Odds are these “outsiders” become just like everyone else elected to Washington, feel voters’ wrath and get tossed out next election.

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let’s spend all of Wyoming’s trust funds on … a really big gun

By Jim Stanford on February 23, 2010

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Wyoming legislator in Cheyenne.

Maybe it’s the water in Cheyenne, or a surge of Republican testosterone.

But there’s something about the Wyoming legislative session that turns otherwise rational, reasonable men into a pack of chest-bumping bro’s trying to out-redneck each other.

This year the aggressive posturing has reached a near-absurd low. First, the governor moved to effectively squash wind power in Wyoming.

Then came a slew of bills railing against the federal government, stopping just short of secession. Five bills challenging federal authority have passed the House, including one that would further sanctify the Cowboy State’s central obsession: guns.

Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, talks of a “palpable anger” toward the federal government from Wyoming residents.

What are they so angry about?

Oh, yeah: We elected a black Democrat president.

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Lords of Nature

By Jim Stanford on June 5, 2009

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Western Wolf Coalition ad. Photo by Mark Miller.

Western Wolf Coalition ad. Seven packs are active in the Jackson Hole area.

At Summit on the Snake last week, Steve Cain, chief biologist for Grand Teton National Park, alluded to recent research showing that restoration of wolves has had ancillary benefits for the Jackson Hole ecosystem, including increased numbers of pronghorn, small mammals and raptors.

The predators have reduced coyote populations, for example, which prey on varmints, which are now more numerous and so provide more food for eagles, hawks and other birds of prey. Similar studies have found a correlation between a reduction in elk populations and increased riparian habitat.

Tonight the Western Wolf Coalition presents a film about this balance wolves and cougars bring to the environment, “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.” Showtime is 7 p.m. at Center for the Arts, and admission is free. Click here to watch a trailer.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Mike Jimenez, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Dubois rancher Jon Robinett; Phil Cameron, outreach director for Western Wolf Coalition; and state Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, who has tried to broker a legislative solution to Wyoming’s wolf management issues.

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935 reasons to impeach; Gingery looks to bust youths

By Jim Stanford on January 25, 2008

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“There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
— Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002

Oval Office Overlord, at his usual cheery selfSomeone finally has done the math.

A nonpartisan research group has documented 935 false statements made by the Bush-Cheney administration in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Dick Cheney told only 48 of those lies, compared to 260 by President Bush, 244 by Colin Powell and 109 by Donald Rumsfeld.

The report was compiled by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit organization of independent investigative journalists dedicated to ethics in government.

Most importantly, the study found that Bush and seven of his top officials “waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation” about the threat posed by Iraq.

Join U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) in calling for impeachment hearings.

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