Monday, November 19, 2012

Laramie County Democrats gather tonight to talk turkey

The Laramie County Democrats and Grassroots Coalition hold a joint meeting tonight (Nov. 19) at 7 p.m. in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union hall, 810 Fremont, Cheyenne. When we say "joint" meeting, this has nothing to do with well, you know, this isn't Colorado!

Topics of discussion on tonight's agenda include: Nov. 6 election results; the upcoming legislative session; future plans for local Democrats; and the election of a new treasurer, as LCD treasurer Gary Roadifer of Pine Bluffs is stepping down to make time for some new responsibilities.

We had a great victory party at Suite 1901 on Nov. 6. It wasn't all fun and games. We had some disappointing losses in county commission and legislative races. We did elect Lee Filer to the legislature in HD12 -- the local paper profiled this newcomer in Sunday's edition. Way to go Lee!

The big celebration on election day was for the reelection of President Barack Obama. Romney's margin of victory in Wyoming was the second-biggest in the nation, ranking behind Utah's. That probably brought little comfort to Wyoming Republicans who had pinned their hopes of the Romney/Ryan ticket. In the end, an excellent Obama ground game and a surge of young, multicultural voters clinched the presidency for Democrats. While the Republican-dominated Wyoming Legislature discusses ways to close our southern border to swarms of Colorado potheads, LGBT activists and people of color, we will be busily studying their strategies, looking for ways to turn Wyoming purplish red in future elections.

See you tonight. Bring a progressive friend.

Meanwhile, read this intriguing article by Jack Healy in yesterday's New York Times: In Wyoming, Conservatives Feeling Left Behind.

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