A screenshot of a graphic that accompanied a Wyoming Republican Party statement calling on Gov. Mark Gordon to tie Wyoming to a lawsuit brought by Texas that seeks to overturn the results in four swing states. Thirty-two lawmakers have also called on Gordon to join Wyoming to the lawsuit. (Wyoming Republican Party website)

UPDATE, 5:20 on Dec. 10: On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Mark Gordon issued a statement saying Wyoming will not join the Texas lawsuit or file a brief in support of it. In the statement, Gordon said the state was not given sufficient time to properly consider either joining Texas’s motion or supporting states’ briefs. Seventeen states with Republican attorneys general have filed briefs in support of the lawsuit, and six have asked to join Texas in it, according to national media. Twenty states, including three with Republican governors, filed briefs opposing Texas’s lawsuit. 

After consultation with Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill, Gordon said, he believes the case could have “unintended consequences relating to a constitutional principle that the State of Wyoming holds dear — that States are sovereign, free to govern themselves.” However, Gordon said he “strongly support[s]” the U.S. Supreme Court hearing Texas’s petition. If the court does so, Wyoming will consider weighing in on the case, he said. 

Also on Thursday, Sen. Bo Biteman posted to his official Facebook page that 16 more current or elected state lawmakers had signed on to his letter, bringing the total to 48. Today’s names have been appended to the list at the bottom of this story.

Finally, in Washington D.C., 106 U.S. Congresspeople signed onto their own brief supporting Texas’s lawsuit. Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney did not. Cheney has previously called for President Trump to prove his claims of electoral fraud or else accept President-elect Joe Biden’s win. —Ed.

 

Thirty-two sitting or recently elected state lawmakers signed a letter urging Gov. Mark Gordon to engage Wyoming in a lawsuit brought by the Texas attorney general that seeks to overturn the presidential election results of four swing states.

The letter was delivered to the governor’s office on Wednesday, according to his spokesperson. On that same day, 17 states with Republican attorneys general filed briefs supporting Texas’s lawsuit, according to national media

Seeking consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas has sued Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, all key swing states that flipped to President-elect Joe Biden and were critical to his electoral victory over President Donald Trump. The Texas lawsuit accuses those states of using mail and absentee voting illegally. 

“Certain officials in the Defendant States presented the pandemic as the justification for ignoring state laws regarding absentee and mail-in voting,” the complaint filed by Texas AG Ken Paxton reads. The Texas lawsuit argues that state’s voters have been “debased” by the election in the four states.

Georgia’s attorney general, also a Republican, called the lawsuit “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong.” Georgia has now conducted both a hand audit and a recount that upheld Biden’s victory there.

The letter to Gordon was circulated to all current and recently elected state lawmakers by Sen. Bo Biteman (R-Sheridan) according to a copy of the email circulating the letter obtained by WyoFile. The governor’s office later provided WyoFile with a list of the lawmakers who had signed it. 

The letter echoes the Texas lawsuit’s claims. 

It calls on Gordon to direct Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill to “join the State of Texas in this lawsuit immediately in order to protect the sanctity of our election process and to ensure that Wyoming citizens’ vote will not be debased by the actions of the Defendant States.”

The governor had asked Hill to review the lawsuit, Gordon’s spokesperson wrote in a statement.

“The Governor has asked the Attorney General to consider the matter and possible actions Wyoming could take,” Gordon’s spokesperson Michael Pearlman wrote. “The Texas lawsuit, if it is taken up by the Supreme Court, will provide the highest Court an opportunity to review concerns about the outcome of the election in four states.”

Unlike in most states, Wyoming’s attorney general is appointed by the governor, not elected by the public. Gordon appointed Hill to the job when he took office. 

Gov. Mark Gordon holds a pocket sized U.S. Constitution at a press conference on COVID-19. (Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle/Wyoming News Exchange)

“The Governor believes that fair and lawful elections are essential to our democracy,” Pearlman wrote, “but it should be noted that this lawsuit is operating on a short timeline and Wyoming did not receive advance notice to be able to thoroughly review the filing before today.”

Ten sitting state senators, including some in leadership roles, signed the letter. Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Dockstader (R-Afton) and Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower) both signed the letter. The Republican Senate caucus elected Dockstader senate president for the 2021-2022 Legislature, and elected Driskill to Dockstader’s current role. 

Two senator-elects signed the letter. Twelve current state representatives signed the letter, including Rep. Mike Greear (R-Worland), whom House Republicans elected speaker pro tempore. 

Biteman also circulated the letter to Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, State Treasurer Curt Meier and State Auditor Kristi Racines. None of their signatures appeared on the list provided to WyoFile by the governor’s office. Biteman did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Buchanan, Wyoming’s top election official, is also considering Texas’s lawsuit.

“The Secretary has been in discussions much of the day on the issue of the Texas request before the Supreme Court,” Communications and Policy Director Monique Meese wrote in an email to WyoFile. “He is currently reviewing the materials the State of Texas submitted to the Court in order to be able to more fully respond.”

Texas’s lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to delay the four states’ certifications of their elections, which have a Dec. 14 deadline, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Election officials in all four states, and indeed in every state, according to a New York Times review, have said there is no evidence of widespread voting fraud. 

Both Gordon and Buchanan have touted Wyoming’s success at carrying out its election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since media organizations reported that Trump was projected to lose the election, however, the president has launched a wide ranging offensive to overturn the results, including pressuring some state officials to try and overturn the election. 

The list of states joining the lawsuit include Wyoming’s neighbors Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. 

“Wow! At least 17 States have joined Texas in the extraordinary case against the greatest Election Fraud in the history of the United States,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening. “Thank you!” 

Twitter fact checkers labeled Trump’s claim of election fraud as disputed. 

Along with Biteman’s letter, the Wyoming Republican Party has also put out a statement urging Gordon and Hill to join the lawsuit. The statement included an image with “GOD BLESS Texas,” imposed on an outline of that state.

Some legal and election experts have derided the lawsuit as a long shot and a publicity stunt — the Texas AG is under indictment for securities fraud and under federal investigation for bribery, according to the Texas Tribune.

“This is a press release masquerading as a lawsuit,” University of California Irvine election law expert Richard Hasen told NPR. “What utter garbage. Dangerous garbage, but garbage,” the professor said.

However, experts also note that lawsuits filed by one state against another have a unique ability to draw U.S. Supreme Court attention.

The lawsuit makes the Texas AG’s intentions fairly clear. If all four states’ elections are in doubt, Trump would have the majority of the remaining electoral college votes, it states. 

“Alternatively, if Defendant States are unable to certify 37 or more electors,” it reads, “neither candidate will have a majority in the Electoral College, in which case the election would devolve to the U.S. House of Representatives under the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” 

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Below is the complete list of current and recently-elected lawmakers who signed the letter on Dec. 9, according to the governor’s office, and a draft of the letter obtained by WyoFile:

Sen. Bo Biteman (R-Sheridan)
Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Dockstader (R-Afton)
Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower)
Sen. Cheri Steinmetz (R-Lingle)
Sen. Dave Kinskey (R-Sheridan)
Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs)
Sen. Glenn Moniz (R-Laramie)
Sen. Affie Ellis (R-Cheyenne)
Sen. Lynn Hutchings (R-Cheyenne)
Sen. Tom James (R-Rock Springs)
Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne)
Senator-elect Troy McKeown (R-Gillette)
Senator-elect Tim French (R-Cody)
Rep. and Senator-elect Tim Salazar (R-Dubois)
Rep. Mike Greear (R-Worland)
Rep. Tom Walters (R-Casper)
Rep. Dan Laursen (R-Powell)
Rep. Clarence Styvar (R-Cheyenne)
Rep. Landon Brown (R-Cheyenne)
Rep. Bill Henderson (R-Cheyenne)
Rep. Scott Clem (R-Gillette)
Rep. David Miller (R-Riverton)
Rep. Chuck Gray (R-Casper)
Rep. Mark Jennings (R-Sheridan)
Rep. Mark Kinner (R-Sheridan)
Representative-elect Mark Baker (R-Rock Springs)
Representative-elect John Bear (R-Gillette)
Representative-elect Scott Heiner (R-Green River)
Representative-elect Ocean Andrew (R-Jelm)
Representative-elect Jeremy Haroldson (R-Wheatland)
Representative-elect Rachel Rodriguez-Williams (R-Cody)
Representative-elect Chip Neiman (R-Hulett) 

The following lawmakers signed on to the letter Dec. 10, according to a Facebook post from Biteman:

Senate President Drew Perkins (R-Casper)
Sen. Wyatt Agar (R-Thermopolis)
Sen. Brian Boner (R-Douglas)
Sen. Wendy Schuler (R-Evanston)
Senator-elect John Kolb (R-Rock Springs)
Senator-elect Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep)

Rep. Aaron Clausen (R-Douglas)
Rep. John Winter (R-Thermopolis)
Rep. Christopher Knapp (R-Gillette)
Rep. Jim Blackburn (R-Cheyenne)
Rep. Hans Hunt (R-Newcastle)
Rep. Sue Wilson (R-Cheyenne)
Rep. Sandy Newsome (R-Cody)
Rep. Tim Hallinan (R-Gillette)
Representative-elect Bob Wharff (R-Evanston)
Representative-elect Pepper Ottman (R-Riverton)

 

Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham is reporting for WyoFile from Laramie. He covers state government, energy and the economy. Reach him at 443-848-8756 or at andrew@wyofile.com, follow him @AndrewGraham88

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  1. Evidently Mike Enzi doesn’t contest the results of the 2020 election. He has checked out of his office, refusing to accept any comments or pleas for his constituents in this late December.

  2. Have you read the oath that you took when you were sworn in to represent the people and uphold the Constitution that this Country was founded on? You swore to protect the people from foreign and domestic threats and yet the threat is right here in our own back yard. You have a right to an opinion not domination. you do not have the right to invalidate those that are different than you. Heil Hitler went out a long time ago. Our military is nobody’s Regime but they are the sons and daughters that believe in the Constitution. They should kick every “Senator or Representative” that cannot honor the duty you signed on for out of the position you do not deserve. I know one thing, You do not represent me.

  3. Now that the Electoral College voters have done their duty, I would like every one of these legislators to clearly acknowledge Joe Biden’s election.

    Or not.

    Reminder:
    18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

  4. Too late. Supreme Court, including all nine justices last night threw the Texas lawsuit in the trash can where it belongs.

  5. A pure act of sedition. The last time this happened ended up in a civil war. Those responsible deserve severe consequences. Thank God the United Supreme Court agrees.

  6. MEMO to all office holding federal and state Republicans who lined up in front of the Texas AG so he could heave a Hail Mary! pigskin ovoid into the legal void.

    You are all SEDITIONISTS.

    Kudo to Liz Cheney (!!!) for not wanting any part of this treachery. I never though I would ever hear myself think those words about her when the topic at hand was a Republican Party litmus test…

    QED

  7. We defeated the Reich, we defeated the confederacy, now we must save our democracy, refuse to seat our lawmakers that refuse to admit a dually elected president was legitimate!
    If that election was a fraud. So was their election!

  8. My take is not so much to encourage a Trump victory. While I would prefer that, the bigger issue is that we clean up our voting process and system.

    I look at what’s out there a0nd how the night went and am deeply skeptical that votes were accurately counted in certain places.

    The GA video may be innocent but shouldn’t we make sure? Shouldn’t we allow and encourage poll warchers and keep the counting in the open? Isn’t changing deadlines through last second by bypassing the constitutionally required process a problem, and then ignore the US Supreme Court?

    If we don’t snuff this stuff out now they will only continue.

    Frankly, I am not worried about Trump. I am worried about the vote.

    1. do you honestly believe that Michael J Pearce from Laramie is privvy to more accurate information than all the different courts? there is a reason that each one of the laughable cases have been thrown out and rejected.

      there has been an explanation given from the GA sec’y of State as to the video you’re referring to. Why isn’t that sufficient for you? is it because it’s an explanation that you don’t want to accept? sometimes, facts have a way of going against what you want.

      there was no fraud. there was no conspiracy. there was no cheating. accept the facts.

      1. No, Chuck. I make this conclusion on my own. Funky things happened and innocent or not, we need to root them out.

        1. multiple courts have been privvy to all the information and “evidence” and found nothing remotely close to what crazy rudy is claiming. why isn’t that good enough for you?

    2. My take is not so much to encourage a Biden victory. While I would prefer that, the bigger issue is that we clean up our voting process and system.

      I look at what’s out there and how the months leading up to the election went and am deeply skeptical that everyone got to vote and their votes mattered.

      States closed polling places in minority communities, instituted ID laws in many states and what is in essence a poll tax on anyone who has gone through the legal system in Florida. Texas closed down all but one ballot drop spot in every county, some the size of the smaller states in the union, to make it harder to get your polls in early. So many things happened leading up to the election to subvert the vote that need to be dealt with aggressively in the upcoming years.
      If we don’t snuff this stuff out now it will only continue.

      Frankly, I am not worried about Biden. I am worried about the vote.
      _________

      You see what’s going on there? Elections are messy, the officials, in the case of Georgia a group of Republicans who used to be deeply loved by Trump, are doing the best they can in the circumstances. Basically every challenge that called major fraud has been thrown out in the courts, many by Judges who were appointed by Trump.

      If mail in balloting is inherently corrupt, then Wyoming is just as bad as everywhere else. I’m a registered member of the Republican party and got a letter asking me to request a mail in ballot back in… June or July maybe? That’s how it should be, it was great to vote that way. I could actually look up every person and ballot question from the comfort of my home. But when that’s done in a Democratic leaning state its suspect and must be corruption? Come on.

      It’s time to get over it and move on. Sure, whine and complain like the Democratic party did after Gore, Kerry and Clinton lost, but stop the lawsuits, threats of violence and efforts to blow up the system that comments like this promote. Our version of Democracy isn’t perfect but it’s better than most of the other options.

      1. I agree with some 0f what you said. Its time to move on, yes, and even WYs mail in are fundamentally flawed. There is nothing different or special about us.

        But that’s the problem. They ARE ripe for abuse, and despite someone’s best intentions they remain flawed.

        Our version of democracy is in danger as people have indeed figured out how to manipulate and shut down opponents. This is not healthy.

        1. our version of democracy is in danger because of trump and his supporters. by all accounts, this was a fair and even election. secretary of state’s, judges from all levels, and security professionals have all agreed that there was no fraud, no manipulation, and no “abuse” as trump and his supporters have cried and moaned about.

          we have smooth brained trumpists that refuse to believe they lost so they claim that our whole election process is flawed. is that protecting our democracy?

          trump himself refuses to conceded after 60 failed court cases. he still claims he was cheated. is that protecting our democracy?

          the trumpists who are in government want to throw out millions of ballots because they weren’t for trump. is that protecting our democracy?

          in my opinion, protecting our democracy would be speaking out against those who are trying to manipulate the vote for their candidate. gerrymandering, purging of voter rolls, and limiting access to polling locations would all be better fights to involve yourself in. your claim of wanting to protect our democracy rings hollow when you’re only interested in it after your guy lost.

          1. I disagree, Chuck.

            And it is widely accepted that there are irregularities. Most see them but believe most of those would not have changed any results. So they turn the other way.

            As I said earlier, those that don’t see problems aren’t looking.

          2. Since I can’t reply to Michael, I’ll reply to my own post..

            I see plenty of problems with this past election. However, none have to do with irregularities in voting or ballots.

            the trumpists who sit idly by while their “savior” pulls every lie out of his rear end are the problems. questioning the validity of the election is one of those lies.

          3. And Chuck, you are aware of the thousands of affidavits signed by people of all backgrounds saying shenanigans went on,right?

          4. And Michael, you are aware that the “thousands” of signed affidavits didn’t help any of the 60 or so cases that were brought in front of all the various courts, right?

            Affidavits mean nothing if there is no evidence to support the accusations.

            There was no fraud, there was no cheating. Accept the results.

          5. An affidavit is a personal statement acknowledging something happened. The thousands signed Indicate something may well be wrong. That’s the point.

          6. 60 different courts have seen the affidavits and the “evidence” and none chose to follow up with any investigation. These courts had the sum of the “omg fraud” cases and nothing was done. Why was that?

            Are they all democrats? Are they democrats that have posed as Republicans their entire lives only to be involved in the grand conspiracy of 2020? Or, they must all be part of the globalists that the genius Q followers have been so worried about?

            You have conjecture and conspiracy theories leading your fight. The multiple judges had the evidence and “proof” leading their decisions. I’d trust the judges and courts over online theories. That is my point…

            Carry on digging though. Maybe the next Q drop will give some more promising “leads” for you to follow up on.

            Cheers

  9. Paul Nemetz
    Cheyenne

    We wouldn’t have any of these problems if we had term limits and campaign finance laws that prevented corporate America from “buying” an office for their Candidate. Hope that one more time in my lifetime I would see a Candidate take office who was actually a Public Servant as our election system was intended to be. We have too many elected officials who forget the difference between “me” and “we”.

    1. I agree we need term limits, but the powers-that-be always have ways of protecting the status quo.

      This from Ballotpedia: The Wyoming Term Limits Initiative was on the November 3, 1992, election ballot in Wyoming as an initiated state statute, where it was approved.

      It was the second citizen initiative to appear on the Wyoming ballot. It passed with 150,113 voters in favor and 44,424 voters opposed. The principal sponsor of the initiative was Dave Dawson of Casper, WY. The measure needed 24,646 valid signatures filed by its sponsors to earn its way onto the Wyoming ballot.

      In Cathcart v. Meyer, a 2004 decision of the Wyoming Supreme Court, the state’s high court decided that the 1992 initiative was an unconstitutional violation of Section 3 of Article I and Section 2 of Article III of the Wyoming Constitution.

  10. The bid by Republicans to invalidate hundreds of thousands of American votes is not patriotic, it’s despicable. None of these suits or audits are addressing states where the vote was overwhelmingly Republican. Should we assume widespread voter fraud occurred there as well? Or is it just Democratic votes that are fraudulent?

    We have all learned in team sports that gracious losses can lead to future wins. The GOP attacks on American democracy are disgusting. There is nothing American or sportsmanlike in trying to steal an election because it didn’t turn out like Republicans wanted. Who am I? An American Independent voter who at least used to vote both sides based on issues, not politics.

  11. Gordon, if you’re going to seek another term, you’d be wise to join with the Texas AG in his lawsuit. I don’t want you speaking for me if you’re a RINO.
    I’m not that much of a Trump fanatic, but considering the alternative….I would have been much happier had Ted Cruz been our nominee, but failing that, I supported and still support our President.
    So, get with the program or get out of the way.

  12. Why are so many people defending Trump? Exactly what has he done to earn that type of support? He promised to bring back coal and coal is worse off than when he took office. He promised a big tax cut and yet you got virtually nothing unless your are a multi-millionaire. He promised to drain the swamp yet more of his appointees have quit in disgrace or scandal than in any administration in my lifetime. He promised to make America Great yet we have become far lesser in the eyes of our allies and in the eyes of our adversaries. His trade war with China has only increased the prices we have to pay for all the Chinese products to which we have become addicted. He did away with the Trans Pacific trade agreement Obama made with many countries in the Pacific region. China just recently signed a trade agreement with those same countries of which we are left out. As of today, over 280,000 people have died from Covid-19 which is more than the total American dead in all, but two, of the wars we have fought since the American Revolution. Those two were the Civil War and WWII. Many of those people would still be alive if we had listened to science instead of Trump.

    I am not here to criticize but to try to find some understanding. I really want someone to explain to me why, in spite of empirical evidence as to why you shouldn’t, you do support him. I really don’t get it. We are all worse off than we were 4 years ago.

    1. Mr. Lieb,

      You posted this 10 days ago, and not a peep from the smooth brained trump fans. I’m assuming some are gathering to make a semi cogent response, but i’m not very optimistic that anything of substance will be posted.

      cheers

    2. David,

      I don’t support Trump’s personality. He is often too much a jerk for my liking. It is not necessary to insult Gold Star moms, for instance. He was not my choice 4 years ago, or even in 2020.

      However, there are reasons to appreciate what he has done. The job rate, prior to COVID was phenomenal. Trump is removing our troops and promoting peace. The Middle East is quieting down and many nations are recognizing Israel. No war with North Korea, like many predicted. Trump also did more with justice reform than any other recent president, including Obama. The economy was flying before COVID. Black Americans were moving forward like we have not seen in decades.

      Much of what Trump is criticized for, besides personality, began under Obama, like the treatment of illegal immigrants.

      Currently, it is my opinion that the call from the left now is cheap and easy.. Trump had desired to bring us together, as had W and Obama. That the progressives now say it after causing so much strife and throwing such a fit the last four years is childish and, yes, cheap. Its like the kid who screams in the check out line until he gets the candy and suddenly becomes wonderful. The underlying behavior still stands.

      Those that support Trump recognize these things and appreciate them. Whether you agree with my statements or not is immaterial unless you really were looking to pick a fight.

      See, I find us better than we were four years ago, despite the attitude from the left and the progressives. The reason is what I stated above.

      But the thing is is that we have to be able to talk with each other, and so I do appreciate your curiosity and hope it is sincere.

      My opinion is that we have to truly be open to what others are saying and look to why. That is an open mind. An open mind is not shutting down opposition because it conflicts with ones worldview.

      I am happy to answer more if you’d like.

  13. What fabulous comments! But for the man who believes there is truly concealed evidence of voter fraud– if it happened in only the four states Trump lost , shouldn’t we assume that the same crimes were perpetrated in the statesx he won, too? Because when were voting, no one knew for sure who would win the election..

  14. I’m really glad to see my representative Albert Sommers (R-Pinedale-House District 20) is not on the list of signers. There is some sanity out there! Thank you, Mr. Sommers!

  15. Well wait till Texas doesn’t like the way your citizens vote and take you to court cause your different then Texas you can’t throw out 20 million votes cause you don’t like the outcome. That what they do in Communist countries or a country that has a Dictator but a country built on law
    Biden won the Nov election I’m sorry that the Repulican party didn’t work harder to get Hispanic and Asian Votes oh yes I forgot the African American vote, as they didn’t like how those 17 states wanted to start Jim Crow laws again and I’m sorry that what the Republican party has been turned into.

  16. So if the suit prevails and a Republican wins the next election, don’t cry Wyoming when California sues to overturn our election. Payback you know.

  17. Hillary had some respect for the process. neither Trump nor the degraded specimens who do his bidding have that.

  18. Glad to see a broad swath of legislators supporting this! Thank you to the moderate GOP members for supporting President Trump!

  19. Wyoming has Spineless politicians and a Rhino Liz Cheney. So dissapointing that you can’t defend the votes of the american peope. Great job not contributing to anything.

    1. I’m actually surprised at Rep Cheney. She’s showing an actual spine in the face Republican spinelessness. I may not support her on every issue, but she has surprised me throughout tRUmp’s months-long power grab. Bravo Representative Cheney.

  20. All I can say is this is not the Republican Party I joined 40 plus years ago. This is an embarrassment to Wyoming. Let’s focus on our state budget problems instead.

    1. Amen—my take, too!. I am an Al and Pete Simpson Republican from Way Back. I no longer recognize, nor support, my Wyoming Party of Lincoln and Eisenhower, unless they “See the Light,” soon.

  21. Good article and thanks for listing the cranks we have in the Legislature. I hope they don’t use magical thinking in the case of the State budget like they are doing in this scam Texas lawsuit. It’s time for the Trump cultists to lick their wounds, call it a day, and move on.

  22. I have watched the revenue committee since October, November and plan on addressing it in December. I have watched a partisan stance from Several Senators listed on this paper, even the author’s actions, Senator Bitman, during the Zoom. I also watched Senator Driskill’s actions to name two members of this critical Committee. Right now, Wyoming has a legislative body that will not address Wyoming’s Conditions’ realities. I watched the committee yesterday, and Senator Hicks was the chairman. What I saw was budgets in Wyoming Government being screened on a biased approach. I truly believe Legislators. are working not for the people of Wyoming but their own personal interests. Now, why would I state this for Senator Bitemans dad testified on public comment. Yet, I did not see Senator Biteman abstain on the vote to move the bill forward…
    In Elk Mountain Post Office, we have a petition posted from the Republican leadership addressing removing the Governor’s mandates on Covid restrictions. When the Wyo-Files addressed the Freedom Caucus issue, I was watching it in action.
    Want the real truth, Wyoming voters expect a budget that is addressing our problems. I see it this way: it addresses the same old song of a haven for the rich and investors within the Fossil Fuel industries, not our people.

  23. Who was it that said America would fall not because of a military threat from outside, but from the rotting within itself.

    Republicans are rotting our democracy. Intentionally so . QED

    1. Unfortunately it is the Democratic party moving this country to socialism that is rotting our democracy. If it wasn’t for a Democratic party shifting so hard left you could probably find common ground.

      I’m sure if the tables were turned the Democratic party would be squealing like a stuck pig and the media would be rallying around the legal motions.

      1. 2016 is so easily forgotten when it goes against your ideology eh?

        multiple courts of law have deemed trump’s and rudy’s claims as unverifiable and ridiculous. multiple republican sec’y of States have deemed trump’s and rudy’s claims as unverifiable and ridiculous. But, we have the smooth brained trumpists still going to bat trying to defend the indefensible. What evidence will convince you that you are believing in a lie?

      2. You wouldn’t know “socialism” if it jumped up and bit you in the face!
        What do you think the fire department, police department, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, libraries, streets and roads are?
        ALL funded by taxes, i.e., *gasp* SOCIALISM!!
        Republicans are of, for and by the rich! Democrats are not “out to get you”!

      3. Rob,
        Pray tell exactly what has any Democratic specifically done to move this country to socialism? Is it the public schools, Social Security, Medicaid, roads or parks that you are so against?

    2. As a Democrat the only people yelling “socialism” is Trump. We already have many “social” programs that benefit millions of people in this country including Republicans (schools, fire/police, Medicaid, unemployment, parks and on and on). “Socialism” is just the new scary word Republicans have used to scare people into voting for them – why they can’t actually have policies and plans that can stand on their own, I don’t know. I irony is they are using “socialism” (which most Democrats don’t support) as the scary reason to appose Biden while at the same time supporting an Authoritarian Dictatorship – a REAL thing that is actually happening right now. So who are the real “Patriots”?

  24. I thought Wyoming Republicans were for States’ Rights. What would the signers of this document do if they actually succeeded in breaking our democracy and a national, fascist dictator (one who is actually competent) stepped in to run Wyoming and its resources? How would you feel if your votes and the votes of your constituents were nullified as you wish the votes of citizens (real live ones) in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to be? Democracy is fragile. Don’t let a sore-loser ruin ours. Be careful what you wish for!

    1. Kristine is right on with this statement! I back Liz in asking for proof of frad. If you beleive in Trump I have land in Yellowstone Park to sell you!

  25. Our legislative body has more important issues to address now when our revenues are at rock bottom.

    We all have the right to state our opinion and to protest in in a manner that pushes a particular agenda. This agenda has been thrown out of several courts and now the Supreme Court has refused to even listen to this argument. Recounts and validations have been overseen by a number of elected Republican officials and now several conservative judges as well as the SCOTUS have dismissed all of the lawsuits brought before them. The nine members of the Supreme Court did not even render an opinion on this issue. It is a heart warming feeling that not all conservative has taken part in the KOOL-Aid party. Hopefully the antidote will be available soon.

    I guess sheep are both red and blue.

  26. Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas who filed this suit is under federal indictment for securities fraud. It is reasonable to believe that this case is not a serious lawsuit, no neutral and detached lawyer thinks it has any chance of success, but that it is Paxton’s way of soliciting a pardon from Trump. If that is so, then these Wyoming legislators are just more patsies and marks in Paxton’s securities scam. I lived in Wyoming for 35 years and found many people to like and and aspects of the state to like. The worst part of Wyoming is not the cold, windy winters. It is the backwards, reactionary, stupid, MAGAbilly politics.

  27. What about the fact the Hillary Clinton won the popular vote 4 years ago? Maybe her supporters should have demanded squandering money, time, tying up the legal system, and damaging the democracy. What Trump and these supporters are doing now is unraveling democracy. It’s not good and it continues to divide and flame emotions.

  28. I would love to hear these state legislators define what Don’t Tread On Me and States Rights mean. This appears to go against they let local governments govern their states, counties, and municipalities.

  29. I truly hope Wyoming will join Texas in their suit of these 4 states. There are dozens of people that have signed affidavits stating direct knowledge of illegal voting by mail, counting ballots multiple times, dead people voting ect….
    Election night Trump was ahead in all of the States in question but Nevada, yet overnight Biden takes a huge jump? Not likely. I watched a video of ballot counting in Georgia where black suitcases were pulled from under a table and counted after the polls closed and poll watchers went home…
    Everything about this election stinks. Regardless who you voted for, if we allow Mark Zuckerberg to donate $400 million in 4 states, with access to voter rolls in key Democratic strong holds, allow voting rules to be changed unfairly in Democratic strong holds, Mass mail in ballots without proof you are who you say you are….the list goes on.
    Our democracy is at stake, voter fraud is a real concern for many Americans. Covid 19 was used as a way to circumvent the election laws in many states. The only fair way to be sure our 2020 election was fair is to investigate all the claims of fraud without prejudice. Better yet, start the whole election process all over. No mail in ballots allowed….go to hand counts instead of using the faulty Dominain voting machine that are in question….let’s get this right…time is certainly on our side.
    Then we will find out once and for all….I guarantee Biden didn’t get a record 8o million + votes.

      1. You’re not paying attention if you don’t know about the evidence. There is actually quite a bit. Look into it, Ryan.

        1. is this “evidence” the reason that every court has denied to take up any action?

          all the judges that melting rudy has been in front of can’t all be democrats or part of the globalists can they?

          it’s time to be rational about all this. the trump base needs to realize that they are being lied to, and have been for a while now.

          1. My take is not so much to encourage a Trump victory. While I would prefer that, the bigger issue is that we clean up our voting process and system.

            I look at what’s out there a0nd how the night went and am deeply skeptical that votes were accurately counted in certain places.

            The GA video may be innocent but shouldn’t we make sure? Shouldn’t we allow and encourage poll warchers and keep the counting in the open? Isn’t changing deadlines through last second by bypassing the constitutionally required process a problem, and then ignore the US Supreme Court?

            If we don’t snuff this stuff out now they will only continue.

            Frankly, I am not worried about Trump. I am worried about the vote.

        2. And yet none of the 50+ lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal team have alleged fraud. I wonder why that is?

          1. Mostly procedural reasons not merit based.

            And serious question: are you aware that there are thousands affidavits that have been filed outlining fraud?

        3. you are being dishonest in saying that the cases have been dismissed and ignored due to procedural discrepancies. there is no substance to the complaints. while there are most likely procedural errors, judging from the shoddy complaints, there is also no merit to anything that goofy rudy or powell have submitted to ANY of the courts.

          please be rational and not partisan.

    1. I guarantee the information and news you consume is biased, incorrect, and flat out lies. which one of our guarantee’s is worth more?

      there has to come a time where you stop to think about everything that has been claimed, but no evidence produced to back the claims up. your “theories”, conspiratorial or not, have no evidence to back them up as fact.

      The Texas AG is in legal trouble. the only reason he put forth the ridiculous publicity stunt is to try and get a pardon like all of trump’s family will soon be receiving. please think objectively and realize that you are being fooled.

      Cheers

    2. There is no provision in the constitution, no federal law, nor any state in the Union that allows for a “mulligan” for Presidential elections, let alone on the mere grounds that he loser of that election is dissatisfied with the outcome. In fact, something like what you suggest is not lawful, since the Constitution explicitly says that “The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” The days chosen by Congress for the 2020 election were November 3rd, 2020 and December 14th, respectively. States chose their electors, in their own respective manner, on the day of congress’ choosing on November 3rd, and those electors will then vote on December 14th to ultimately elect Joe Biden as President in accordance with the constitution.

      While we’re at it, there is also no provision in the Constitution that allows Texas (or Wyoming, or any state) to have any say whatsoever in what another state’s election laws and procedures are, nor does it afford Texas (nor the U.S. Supreme Court, for that matter) any power at all to decide whether another state’s presidential election results actually ‘count’ after the election has already taken place and also after that state has finalized and certified the results of that election in accordance with it’s own laws and procedures. (laches)

      I’m sorry you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. There will be another one in 2024, in which I would encourage you to participate.

    3. Well Traci, the Pittsburg Steelers had a two touchdown lead in the second quarter Sunday, but when the final buzzer rang their undefeated streak was over. Try to make a legitimate legal argument next time, you know, one that will hold up in a court of law.

      Question: Do you think other states have the right to tell Wyoming how to run its elections?

    4. I was going to debunk everything you said with “actual” proof -but I know you wouldn’t believe anything Trump doesn’t endorse – that’s the problem when you loose the ability to think for yourself and do your own fact checking.
      Very sad how gullible Trump supporters are – especially as they send him millions of dollars for his “defense fund” that is only paying for his campaign debts, the RNC and lining his pockets through his super PAC’s (his terms on donations – check the fine print). He’s nothing more than a grifter taking advantage of people who blindly followed and believed everything he says. Sad – and very horrifying.

    5. Show us the “evidence”. Don’t tell us it exists and expect us to take your word for it. Publish it right here in WYOFILE for all of us to evaluate. Prove it or go home.