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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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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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Two Committee Bills Threaten Health Care Freedom

Draft bills spilling out of Wyoming’s Legislative Services Office have already started to raise eyebrows. Two, so far, would limit healthcare choice in Wyoming. 

The first, 14LSO-0141 Hospital licensure, would confiscate the operating license of a hospital if it discriminated against Medicaid and Medicare patients by serving only patients choosing to pay with their own money or with private insurance. The second, 14LSO-0142 Hospitals-charity care equalization, would tax a hospital for serving those same patients.

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Truckers Stand Against Government Regulation

Wyoming Liberty Group stands for the principled application of commonsense to leverage good policy so as to limit government interference in our lives.  We stand behind our faith, our families, and our culture — these are things our political process has forgotten and ignored.  It is high time to take back Our lives, Our Dreams, and Our Way of Life. 

We are proud of those truckers who dare to make a point of the urgent necessity for restoring constitutional law in America.  We like the fact that the Constitution of the United States, must coordinate with the Wyoming Constitution under the principle of dual sovereignty, because state constitutions can provide specific protections.  

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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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And They Say We’re Crazy

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid felt compelled to blame Tea Party members for what was then an impending government shutdown – and is now a reality for all nonessential government functions. In a statement released about the budget, Reid called Tea Party members “anarchists” who were trying to extort the American public. With some recent revelations about just how out-of-line federal spending has become, we should pause to see who the crazy ones really are.

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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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