A Year Later: Election Day 2012

November 6, 2012 was a great day. We fully expected to lose. It had been a hard campaign, but it had been a blast.We met lots of great people campaigning in all 23 counties of Wyoming during those 8 months. I really enjoyed talking with people on their doorsteps. For all the resentment I have for the political class and party insiders, the main thing I gained from the campaign was how much I love people...regular people.That night, I was bummed that my friend Joe Barbuto had lost his … [Read more...]

Announcing Queer Pioneer Week

Today, is National Coming Out Day.No, I am not coming out.However, I want to announce what will be happening here at Approaching Justice. Starting tomorrow, and going through next Friday, Approaching Justice will have an array of posts about gender, gay rights, and homosexuality.I am calling it Queer Pioneer Week.A year ago today, I spoke as a candidate for office to the National Coming Out Day gathering at the United Church of Christ in Casper, WY. Much of what you will read at … [Read more...]

“I know Chris. He isn’t this reasonable in real life. TV makes him more reasonable.” #campaignchronicles

The live televised debate on Wyoming PBS for the U.S. House of Representatives was the high point of the 2012 campaign.I knew that it would not change anything. It was on November 1 and election day was on November 6. It was too late for anything that happened at the debate to change anything. Additionally, Representative Cynthia Lummis is a well polished politician. I was not expecting any mishaps.Most of the people who would watch, the few that would, were people who had already made … [Read more...]

The Campaign Chronicles Return Tomorrow. #campaignchronicles

I have not written specifically about the campaign in a while. It is partially because I have still been processing the entire experience and trying to figure out if it was something I wanted to write about…or just plain try to forget about it.As Ana Cupril, the current Vice Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party, pointed out in the comments of a previous post, I was an unprepared candidate. I had no name recognition, no base, and no money.In all likelihood, running for Congress was a bad … [Read more...]

Another Liberal at Church!! (Adventures in Sunday School)

We are loving our time here in Las Vegas. In addition to the abundance of In-N-Out Hamburger locations, we are very much loving our LDS congregation here in Vegas. They turned out in large numbers to unload our U-Haul. They have warmly greeted us on Sunday, stopped by our home to bring us peaches or to welcome our children, and they made us feel most welcomed and included at the Pioneer Day breakfast we attended yesterday. As you may know, I have a certain fascination with bumper … [Read more...]

Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend.

Surviving Wyoming is no longer about surviving the brutal weather and climate (like it was the pioneers) but it is about surviving the brutal and cruel people.Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend. I am her friend. I stand by her for that very reason.I know what it is like to be thrown under the bus by an institution of higher education that is willing to spread vitriol and lies in order to cover itself.I know what it is like to deal with law enforcement in Wyoming. Not the most analytical … [Read more...]

Go Orioles! Opening Day, Baseball and Erin O’Doherty #campaignchronicles

It is Opening Day! Okay, yesterday was opening day but the Orioles open their season today. Yesterday didn't count.Baseball is an important part of my family's Spring and Summer…and hopefully Fall.I am an Orioles fan. I was raised in Maryland. I started following baseball shortly after the Orioles won the World Series in 1983. I grew up in the Cal Ripken era.Shem (11) and I started following Major League Baseball together last year. Shem also plays in our city youth baseball l … [Read more...]