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 Date: June 24, 2022 
Media Contact: David Martin; david@wyodems.org 307-371-2419 
Wyoming Democrats: SCOTUS Decision Rolls Back Freedom 
Cheyenne–The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to revoke a right that women have relied on for 50 years—the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion—is an attack on freedom. “Wyoming Democrats held our state convention two weeks ago and we’ve never been more steadfast in our commitment to fighting for the freedoms that we Americans hold dear,” said Wyoming Democratic Party Executive Director Sarah Hunt. The Supreme Court decision is part of a troubling trend among Republican politicians to sacrifice individual freedom for the sake of political power. The Court is now stacked with enough far-right justices to overturn a right that a strong majority of Americans want to keep—62 percent according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. “This is a watershed moment for Americans and we believe people in Wyoming will rethink the trust they’ve placed in Republican politicians,” said Hunt. “The most basic job of a legislator is to preserve and protect freedom. The Wyoming Republican politicians have betrayed that trust.” Wyoming has a trigger law that will outlaw abortion now that Roe v. Wade is overturned. If a woman requires abortion services, that forces her to travel out-of-state for medical care. Lower income women will be disproportionately affected. All Americans are appalled to see their rights diminished. And, the Republican politicians who hold super-majority control of state government have displayed high tolerance for the most radical, anti-freedom elements of the rightwing. To see just how committed Wyoming Democrats are to freedom, visit the website to see the platform adopted at the 2022 Wyoming Democratic Party Convention

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Death threat allegation prompts wider conversation about missing and murdered Indigenous women

Democrats criticize redistricting process

Casper Star-Tribune:

Allegations that a Cheyenne lawmaker threatened the lives of a current legislator and a former state representative have raised broader concerns about the weight of threats against Indigenous women as well as rising incivility in the Wyoming Legislature.

The Wyoming House of Representatives and the Cheyenne Police Department are investigating the allegations against Rep. John Romero-Martinez, R-Cheyenne.

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Powell Tribune: The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party condemned the Legislature for its redistricting process throughout the 2022 budget session, but the organization will not file suit in opposition.

In a statement released at a news conference Thursday, Joe Barbuto said the redistricting ordeal resulted in a “powerful and persuasive” argument for turning Wyoming’s process over to an independent commission to uphold the principle of “one person, one vote.” This is not currently maintained with the 62-31 map approved by legislators, due to Sheridan County being over the standard 5% population deviation and voters underrepresented. Read more

Wyoming Democratic Party will not sue over redistricting

Bill signed into law expands definition of stalking

WyoFile:

The Wyoming Democratic Party criticized lawmakers Thursday for how they redrew legislative district lines during the 2022 budget session. The party denounced the Legislature for prolonging the redistricting process into the late hours of the final day of the session despite having several months to work on the issue.

“Even more disturbing are the concerns that much of it was motivated by lawmakers attempting to pick their own voters, including family members in some cases, instead of focusing on creating districts that made sense and offered fair equal representation,” Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto said in a statement.

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Jackson Hole News & Guide: A bill that expands the definition of stalking to encompass 21st century technology was signed into law on Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.

Senate-Enrolled Act 44 expands the definition of stalking under the law to include electronic means of contact and surveillance.

“It’s important to keep our statutes up to date,” Teton County Rep. Mike Yin said. “We didn’t have a way to prosecute someone who was stalking someone virtually, like GPS, tracking devices or other forms of internet tracking. Now if you’re harassing someone virtually, tracking someone or what websites they’re visiting, that can still fall under the statute of stalking. I think it’s another tool in the toolbox to help keep people safe.” Read more

Death threat allegation prompts wider conversation about missing and murdered Indigenous women

Casper Star-Tribune:

Allegations that a Cheyenne lawmaker threatened the lives of a current legislator and a former state representative have raised broader concerns about the weight of threats against Indigenous women as well as rising incivility in the Wyoming Legislature.

The Wyoming House of Representatives and the Cheyenne Police Department are investigating the allegations against Rep. John Romero-Martinez, R-Cheyenne.

Read more

Democrats criticize redistricting process

Powell Tribune: The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party condemned the Legislature for its redistricting process throughout the 2022 budget session, but the organization will not file suit in opposition.

In a statement released at a news conference Thursday, Joe Barbuto said the redistricting ordeal resulted in a “powerful and persuasive” argument for turning Wyoming’s process over to an independent commission to uphold the principle of “one person, one vote.” This is not currently maintained with the 62-31 map approved by legislators, due to Sheridan County being over the standard 5% population deviation and voters underrepresented. Read more

Wyoming Democratic Party will not sue over redistricting

WyoFile:

The Wyoming Democratic Party criticized lawmakers Thursday for how they redrew legislative district lines during the 2022 budget session. The party denounced the Legislature for prolonging the redistricting process into the late hours of the final day of the session despite having several months to work on the issue.

“Even more disturbing are the concerns that much of it was motivated by lawmakers attempting to pick their own voters, including family members in some cases, instead of focusing on creating districts that made sense and offered fair equal representation,” Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto said in a statement.

Read more

Bill signed into law expands definition of stalking

Jackson Hole News & Guide: A bill that expands the definition of stalking to encompass 21st century technology was signed into law on Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.

Senate-Enrolled Act 44 expands the definition of stalking under the law to include electronic means of contact and surveillance.

“It’s important to keep our statutes up to date,” Teton County Rep. Mike Yin said. “We didn’t have a way to prosecute someone who was stalking someone virtually, like GPS, tracking devices or other forms of internet tracking. Now if you’re harassing someone virtually, tracking someone or what websites they’re visiting, that can still fall under the statute of stalking. I think it’s another tool in the toolbox to help keep people safe.” Read more

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