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Letter to the editor: Response to ‘Wyo. Senator blames group for gun bills defeat’ in Feb. 27 Telegram

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2013

Is it just me, or does it seem the name Sen. Phil Nicholas comes up too often when reviewing the controversial Wyoming 2013 congressional session?

As you may recall, Nicholas was one of the proclaimed movers and shakers involved with the swift passing of SF 104, which stripped elected Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Hill of the vast majority of her duties/staff and funding for her activities on behalf of the Department of Education.

This time, Nicholas was again in the middle of the firestorm debate over HB 103/104. Briefly, these proposed laws would have presumably protected Wyoming citizens from federal persecution for owning certain firearms, ammunition and accessories.

You are probably aware of the threats coming out of Washington relating to gun control, and one would think an elected Republican senator would also be in favor of protecting Wyoming citizens from additional overzealous federal regulations.

But, apparently not! Senator Nicholas saw to it the bills never saw debate in the Senate because, “of rude pressure tactics from a pro-gun organization,” even though some mentioned the question of Constitutionality and if the bills could have been drafted better.

But, these potential reasons were not offered initially to the AP; it was the reference to “rude pressure” that apparently was the most pressing on Nicholas’ mind. The senator went on to say, “… that outrageous conduct, mean conduct, has no place in Wyoming politics.”

And THAT, voters of Wyoming, is coming from one of the, at least four senators which had a 60-plus page bill drafted before the start of the 2013 session, drove it thru the Senate in record time, with little discussion, and pushed it into the House before most Wyoming voters even heard of the infamous SF 104.

If the senator feels that criticizing language is “rude” and “mean,” how might he categorize the mid-term stripping of duties, staff, facilities and budget which is what SF 104 [now SEA0001] did to Hill?

I wonder how would the senator bare up to pressures from all sides such as these if just words seem to have such a (profound) effect on him? [Did I mention that the superintendent was physically moved out of her offices into a totally separate facility – away from the Department of Education?].

Voters of Wyoming, I would suggest to you we have some individuals in Congress that [by deed] have their own agendas, which at minimum is disregarding the wishes of their constituents! I would further suggest it might be time these senators become misters.

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