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WyoRINO 2021

Welcome to the 2021 edition of WyoRINO. Wyoming’s 66th Legislature’s General Session just wrapped up with a whopping total of 441 bills received for introduction!

In addition to following the legislative session these past couple of months, we have followed the actions of the Wyoming Republican Party. It is quite evident that grassroots conservative Republicans are not only alive and well, but are actively participating at county and state levels to preserve the Timeless Truths that have been the hallmark of the Republican party.

Our nation was founded upon the Rule of Law, a representative form of government that defends the rights of the minority as well as the majority. This body politic, where the power resides in its citizens, is best represented by the Republican party.

It is the goal of WyoRINO to track the votes of Wyoming’s Republican state legislators and thereby provide a report that reflects their adherence to the Republican values, as enumerated in the Party’s Platform and Resolutions, they purport to support.

Just as in 2020, this year’s scorecard covers ten bills. WyoRINO has been questioned for focusing on too few bills, thereby not providing a broad enough scope of a legislator’s voting record. However, even when we increased the number of graded bills to 30, the results still come out the same. A RINO is a RINO is a RINO.

On a positive note, a number of pro-life bills were passed by very large margins this session such as SF 34 Infant Born Alive-Means of Care, SF 96 Homicide Amendments, and HB 253 Higher Education-Ban on Funding Abortions.

We were pleased that numerous efforts to increase taxes and fees were halted including HB 25 Fuel Tax, HB 37 Road Usage Charge, HB 182 Personal Income Tax, HB 206 WY Minimum Wage, HB 211 Property Taxes, HB 262 Statewide Real Estate Transfer Tax, SF 73 Tolling Authority for I-80 plus more. However, if you have any business with the Secretary of State’s office, be prepared for sticker shock, thanks to the unfortunate passage of HB 148 Fees Paid to Secretary of State-Amendments.

On the other hand, we were quite disappointed that a number of 2nd Amendment bills did not make it through. HB 124, the Second Amendment Protection Act, died in committee. The senate version, SF 81, was weakened through the amendment process before dying in the House. These SAPA bills would have been the strongest and most comprehensive gun control nullification bills in the country. SF 67 Repeal Gun Free Zones did not survive the process either.

Another bill worth mentioning, HB 256 WY Sovereignty Act (HB 256 was one of the Wyoming Republican Party’s top six priorities) would have created a process for comprehensively reviewing the constitutionality of all federal actions that impact our state and nullifying them if found unconstitutional. It died in committee.

In response to the Chinese coronavirus, numerous bills were initiated. HB 127 Public Health Amendments became law but was weakened by several amendments. SF 80 Public Health Orders-Local and Legislative Oversight was drafted with much stronger language but ultimately was not considered for introduction. Additionally, the following bills were introduced in reaction to the overreaching mandates related to the virus but did not become law: HB 98 Public Health Orders-Reform, HB 230 State Health Officer-Governor Appointed, HJ 16 Vaccine Bill of Rights, SF 94 Prohibiting Coerced Vaccinations and SF 95 Election of State Health Officer.

Lastly, HB 250 Ban on Sanctuary Cities and Counties, a very timely topic with the serious threat of the lax immigration policies our nation is facing, died in committee.

There were many more bills that deserve conversation (ex. education funding) but neither time nor space allow for that here. We urge you to visit the State of Wyoming’s legislative website to browse through the bills and familiarize yourself with its layout. There is a lot of information there and you will be amazed at what you can learn.

With a year of unprecedented assaults on Americans’ liberty (i.e. lockdowns, mask mandates, election fraud, currency debasement through inflation), the stark reality of the challenges our nation is facing may seem to be overwhelming. However, we must remember to call to mind the words of early American patriot Samuel Adams…

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Those of us here at WyoRINO plan to do just that. We will continue to hold Wyoming Republican legislators accountable to Republican ideals and will continue to expose RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), liberal legislators masking as Republicans.

Ride for the Brand, Wyoming

 

What is a RINO? A Republican in Name Only

Have you as a loyal Republican, gone to the polls year after year, voting for candidates with an “R” beside their name, trusting they would legislate and vote like a Republican but only to be disappointed?

Don’t feel bad – so have we.

The time is long overdue to hold politicians accountable for big government, big regulation, big taxation laws – values that the Republican party does NOT support.

This is the primary reason WyoRINO.com was created – to expose liberal Wyoming Republicans who violate our Wyoming Republican values.

 

WyoRINO Voting Index Summary 2021

RED = RINO

ALBANY
Sen. Furphy – 30%
Sen. Hicks – 60%
Rep. Andrew – 80%
Rep. Paxton – 30%

BIG HORN
Sen. Cooper – 40%
Sen. Kost – 30%
Rep. Flitner – 60%
Rep. Greear – 56%
Rep. Winter – 90%

CAMPBELL
Sen. Driskill – 67%
Sen. McKeown – 90%
Sen. Wasserburger – 22%
Rep. Barlow – 40%
Rep. Bear – 90%
Rep. Fortner – 100%
Rep. Hallinan – 80%
Rep. Knapp – 80%

CARBON
Sen. Hicks – 60%
Rep. Burkhart – 40%
Rep. Paxton – 30%

CONVERSE
Sen. Boner – 44%
Sen. Wasserburger – 22%
Rep. Barlow – 40%
Rep. Clausen – 60%
Rep. Haroldson – 100%

CROOK
Sen. Driskill – 67%
Rep. Neiman – 100%

FREMONT
Sen. Case – 30%
Sen. Cooper – 40%
Sen. Salazar – 60%
Rep. Larsen – 30%
Rep. Oakley – 20%
Rep. Ottman – 100%
Rep. Winter – 90%

GOSHEN
Sen. Bouchard – 90%
Sen. Steinmetz – 90%
Rep. Duncan – 30%
Rep. Eklund – 50%
Rep. Hunt – 50%

HOT SPRINGS
Sen. Cooper – 40%
Rep. Winter – 90%

JOHNSON
Sen. Kinskey – 40%
Rep. Crago – 40%

LARAMIE
Sen. Bouchard – 90%
Sen. Ellis – 50%
Sen. Hutchings – 100%
Sen. Nethercott – 40%
Sen. Pappas – 10%
Rep. Blackburn – 100%
Rep. Brown – 40%
Rep. Eklund – 50%
Rep. Henderson – 30%
Rep. Nicholas – 10%
Rep. Olsen – 40%
Rep. Romero-Martinez – 30%
Rep. Styvar – 100%
Rep. Wilson – 50%
Rep. Zwonitzer – 22%

LINCOLN
Sen. Baldwin – 10%
Sen. Dockstader – 80%
Rep. Heiner – 70%
Rep. Simpson – 80%

NATRONA
Sen. Anderson – 40%
Sen. Landen – 40%
Sen. Perkins – 30%
Sen. Scott – 60%
Rep. Gray – 100%
Rep. Harshman – 22%
Rep. MacGuire – 30%
Rep. Obermueller – 20%
Rep. O’Hearn – 30%
Rep. Sweeney – 20%
Rep. Walters – 50%
Rep. Washut – 78%

NIOBRARA
Sen. Steinmetz – 90%
Rep. Hunt – 50%

PARK
Sen. Cooper – 40%
Sen. French – 80%
Sen. Kost – 30%
Rep. Flitner – 60%
Rep. Laursen – 100%
Rep. Newsome – 33%
Rep. Rodriguez-Williams – 100%
Rep. Winter – 90%

PLATTE
Sen. Boner – 44%
Sen. Steinmetz – 90%
Rep. Duncan – 30%
Rep. Haroldson – 100%

SHERIDAN
Sen. Biteman – 80%
Sen. Kinskey – 40%
Rep. Crago – 40%
Rep. Jennings – 100%
Rep. Kinner – 30%
Rep. Western – 70%

SUBLETTE
Sen. Baldwin – 10%
Sen. Dockstader – 80%
Rep. Sommers – 20%

SWEETWATER
Sen. Baldwin – 10%
Sen. Hicks – 60%
Sen. James – 90%
Sen. Kolb – 60%
Rep. Baker – 100%
Rep. Heiner – 70%
Rep. Paxton – 30%
Rep. Stith – 40%

TETON
Sen. Dockstader – 80%

UINTA
Sen. Baldwin – 10%
Sen. Schuler – 20%
Rep. Eyre – 33%
Rep. Heiner – 70%
Rep. Wharff – 90%

WASHAKIE
Sen. Cooper – 40%
Rep. Greear – 56%

WESTON
Sen. Driskill – 67%
Sen. Steinmetz – 90%
Rep. Hunt – 50%
Rep. Neiman – 100%

*RED highlight indicates a RINO (score below 70%)

WyoRINO 2021 Summary PDF File

2021 Senate and House Scorecards

DISCLAIMER: Ride for the Brand, Wyoming is not affiliated with any other person, organization, political party or publication and does not speak for anyone but itself. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of Ride for the Brand, Wyoming only, and do not represent the view, opinion, official policy or position of any other person, organization, political party or publication whatsoever with which its members have been, are now, or will be affiliated with in the future.

WyoRINO.com is an index that is based on the Platform and the Resolutions of the Wyoming Republican Party, which are passed in convention every two years by thousands of elected grass roots Republicans.  This valuable tool scores Wyoming legislators based on their adherence to the timeless Republican values which will always inform and direct our party and country, regardless of current events.  These lofty principles include but are not limited to, adherence to U.S. Constitution, the defense of life, liberty and property, limited government, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, fiscal responsibility and a free market economy.

If your Wyoming state senator or representative ran on the Republican Party ticket, it is correct and logical to assume that once elected, your legislator will actually vote like a Republican.  Far too often, however, that is not the case.  This is why WyoRINO.com was established – to expose liberal Wyoming Republicans who hold office.

The percentages which are indicated on the Voting Index reflect the cumulative scores based on ten key votes during each Wyoming Legislative session.  These particular bills were chosen by Ride for the Brand, Wyoming due to their easily identifiable traits in relation to Republican values. To examine the bills which were rated and their explanation, click on the WyoRINO Voting Index tab.

We encourage readers to examine how their own state legislators voted on each of the ten key measures. Ride for the Brand, Wyoming believes that a score below 70% indicates a RINO legislator. In the world of education, anything below 70% is considered a failing grade and we agree.

We also encourage readers and voters to commend their legislators for their constitutional votes and urge improvement where needed.