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Steve Klein serves as attorney and research counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group and Pillar of Law Institute, focusing on free speech and criminal law.  Steve has co-authored numerous amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs for state and federal courts in several important free speech cases, advocating in favor of political speech across the country. In 2014, Steve was co-counsel in three successful free speech cases in Wyoming.
In the 2015 Wyoming Legislative Session, Steve lobbied on behalf of reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture law. 2015 Senate File 14 passed the entire legislature 80-9 before being vetoed by Governor Mead. Steve continues to lobby on behalf of reform in the 2015-16 legislative interim.
Steve holds a bachelors degree in politics from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review and President of the Ave Maria Federalist Society. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

University’s Secret Hiring Process Backfires

Just a few months after taking the helm, University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg resigned Wednesday, Nov. 13. I have never worked in academia, but attended school long enough to understand the adage that drama in the academic workplace is astoundingly vitriolic because the stakes are so low. Nevertheless, UW is a public institution, and as the funders of this drama we are entitled to know the details.

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The First Amendment Beats ObamaCare (Again)

On Friday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the denial of preliminary injunction in the case Gilardi v. Dep’t of Health and Human Services (HHS). This represents another victory for religious freedom against part of ObamaCare, a HHS regulation requiring certain employers provide insurance covering all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives. Hobby Lobby recently won a similar challenge in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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ObamaCare is a (Very Expensive) Party! (Bro.)

Forget everything I’ve said before. ObamaCare is a party, and you’re invited, bro! (Or, sis?)

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Campaign Finance Laws are the Dirtiest Political Tool

Campaign finance laws clean up politics. Or so we’re told. Lawrence Lessig, professor at Harvard Law School, has yet another article decrying campaign money as the source of “all that’s wrong with Washington.”  Rather longwindedly, Lessig laments that politics is dirty. Lessig concedes that money is not actually all that’s wrong with Washington but concludes (without getting into specifics) that “[m]oney is the part we could fix.”

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Reality: The Affordable Care Act isn’t.

Since joining the Wyoming Liberty Group in 2010 a few months after the passage of ObamaCare, I’ve followed the law’s legal ramifications quite closely. This includes discussing the excellent constitutional challenge against it, lamenting its survival at the United States Supreme Court as a “tax”, and working to fight back at the state level here in Wyoming. I’m still a young man, but I’m so old that I remember when we weren’t allowed to call it ObamaCare.

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Don’t Fear the Federal Boogeyman

Jim McBride, former Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, told a fascinating and shocking story Oct. 8 while testifying in favor of the Common Core State Standards before the State Board of Education. According to McBride, while in office he once had a conversation with the Undersecretary of the United States Department of Education at a cocktail party. After McBride suggested Wyoming schools could operate without federal funds, the Undersecretary stated the federal government would respond by withholding all federal funds to Wyoming including monies for such initiatives as Game and Fish and Transportation. Although McBride said he was unsure of the legality of such a claim and did not check with the Attorney General’s office afterward, the story was meant to reinforce that Common Core is here to stay.

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Prosecution Is Not a Craps Game

Just a few months after Andrew Johnson was released from Wyoming state prison after serving 24 years for a rape he didn’t commit, the Casper Star Tribune editorial board is calling for Natrona County prosecutors to prosecute sexual assault cases they don’t believe they can win:

The [District Attorney]’s office needs to get serious about going after these cases. It’s not a matter of finding the perfect case, it’s working these cases as well as possible. And sending the message to perpetrators that it isn’t open season on women; there’s a chance you will be prosecuted and convicted. Besides, once prosecutors start charging cases, the more likelihood for plea bargains.

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