A Year Later: Election Day 2012

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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...]

Remembering Matthew Shepard

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I lived in Matthew Sheperd's hometown of Casper, WY for three years. He had studied at political science Casper College where I once taught.I never knew him, but I remember his death. I think about him often. I am only 11 days older than him.  There have been efforts of late to dismiss the the extent to which homosexuality played a role in Matthew's murder. Such attempts are completely contrary to the evidence that came up during the trial that convicted his … [Read more...]

Announcing Queer Pioneer Week

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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

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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

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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)

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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...]

Farewell, Wyoming

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I arrived in Las Vegas on Friday and Lyndee and the kids will be arriving over the next few days.I will miss my friends in Wyoming.Here is something I will not miss so much:Because...you know...President Obama is going after hunting rifles.Same truck.Our 3 years in Wyoming were an adventure. I am looking forward to continuing our family adventure here in Las Vegas! I think we will be spending a lot of time here:It is really warm here. Nothing we cannot survive … [Read more...]


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