November 8, 2012
Thank you to everyone who supported my candidacy. Running for House District 54 has been a truly rewarding adventure. I have had the opportunity to meet people that I would never have met otherwise, visit parts of our community I had never been before and really learn more about some of the institutions and issues that are critical to our state’s continued advancement.
It has been an amazing and humbling experience. People I have only just met have sent money for the campaign. I’ve been invited into people’s homes and talked with them at their kitchen table. Many people volunteered their own time to do a wide variety of tasks that needed to be done—creating brochures and postcards, taking and editing video, walking neighborhoods putting out doorhangers, making hundreds of phone calls. Some have put their own names and reputations on the line speaking on my behalf in a variety of mediums. The list goes on and it is daunting to realize that they have done all this on my behalf.
While I am disappointed in the outcome, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Thank you so much.
The question now is what do we do going forward. We earned 40% of the vote on Tuesday. Not a majority, but a very significant minority. We could just say, “well, nothing ever changes.” or “maybe someday.”
Or we could commit to making our community better. We could commit to seeking an economy that is appropriately balanced. We could commit to assuring that all work and workers are valued—private sector and public sector; female and male. We could commit to the hard work that will make health insurance available to every Wyoming resident. The list of opportunities is long and the avenues to pursue positive change many. I encourage you to pick your path, commit to it and pursue it with vigor.
Thank you again for your support.
November 5, 2012
Ride on over to the Fieldhouse at Lander Valley High School on Tuesday and vote from 7 AM until 7 PM. Not registered? No problem. You can register and vote right there ( bring an ID to register).
November 5, 2012
On Saturday 25 Palmer for HD 54 supporters spent the morning decorating 2,500 doors with snazzy doorhangers. Split up into teams of five or six the crew knocked out their assignment by about 1 PM and then enjoyed the incredible weather with a chili picnic. Many, many thank yous to all of the volunteers!
November 2, 2012
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October 23, 2012
To date eighty-one individuals or families have made donations to the Palmer for HD 54 campaign fund. These donations have ranged from $10 all the way up to the individual maximum of $1000. It is extremely humbling to see the faith that people have put in me. While many of the people donating are friends that I have known for years, a large number are folks that I have just met during the campaign while going door to door. Amazing. Thanks to everyone who has supported this campaign over the months.
We are in the final push. Two weeks from now it will all be over. Can you help by donating now? Your donation will help cover the cost of mailings, advertisements and canvassing materials. Thanks for all of your support and good wishes!
October 17, 2012
Last night I was out knocking on doors and spent some time speaking with a Lander police officer about my candidacy. He asked the question, “How are you with the NRA?” My response was, “Not so good.” I then told him that I am a supporter of the Second Amendment and fine with all of Wyoming’s current gun laws. The following is a piece that I wrote a few months ago after learning the results from the NRA survey that I filled out.
F’ed by the NRA
I filled out my NRA survey about a week and a half ago. It was painfully long, with misleading answers and bogus conclusions. Today I learned the results. I’ve been hunting since I was 14 years old. I own many guns and I have raised my kids as hunters. I got a “F” rating from the NRA.
Here is a rundown on where I think I must have gone astray of the NRA:
- I believe high capacity magazines should be regulated. The shooter in the Aurora massacre used a weapon with a 100 round drum magazine. These are not necessary for hunting or self-protection. When I duck hunt I’m required to plug my gun so I only have three shots. It is ironic that the NRA believes that a movie theater murderer should have a hundred shots.
- I believe there are places where guns should not be allowed. Our schools and school grounds should be off-limits to guns. Period.
- I believe private property owners have rights. Property owners should be able to determine if they want someone carrying or storing a weapon on their property.
- I believe some appropriate gun controls may decrease crime.
- I believe that “stand your ground” laws are inappropriate in a civil society.
I am a law abiding gun owner and one of the most avid hunters that I know, afield 40-50 days each fall. I used to belong to the NRA. They lost my support when they started referring to federal law enforcement personnel as “jack booted thugs” in the 90s.
I will not pander to any person or organization. I am firm in my beliefs and will not change them to get a “good grade”. My opponent has been endorsed by the NRA. What did he say that he believed?
Here is a PDF of my “F” questionnaire. NRA Survey
October 15, 2012
Some friends made a pretty amazing video to support my candidacy. Check it out on my home page.