We Will Not Conform: Memories and Motivation!


It was thrilling to be amongst those that were invited to be in the audience for the We Will Not Conform event hosted by Glenn Beck.  This was a strategy session on how to defeat Common Core.  Members of the audience were able to participate from the theaters via twitter.  It also was intended to connect and bring people together in their own communities.

Glenn Beck and other well known figures who participated are Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, David Barton, and Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks.  It was amazing to see Dr. Terrence Moore, author of The Story Killers and former Hillsdale College Professor, and Emmett McGroarty, from the American Principles Project.

What a boost it gave those in attendance to remember the importance of working TOGETHER across all isles and all political spectrums.


Here in our own state we have those that tell you NOT to come together and that there is only ONE answer to removing Common Core!  This is so sad that many are conflicted and confused by messages that are not consistent. I hope that this would not discourage those of you that are aware what Common Core entails and leave the fight.  I’m grateful Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core chose to support this event.

We NEED EVERYONE – even if we don’t agree on EVERYTHING!  This picture reminds me of how important this is!


Here I am pictured with two amazing women whom I’m lucky to call friends.  Yvonne Gasperino and Jenni White also attended in Dallas. Yvonne has successfully brought together MANY from all sides, working together with Stop CCSS in NYS.  They were just one of many groups that brought the opt-out movement that is now sweeping our nation!  Jenni with ROPE successfully moved her state of Oklahoma to a FULL removal of Common Core!  Does this mean they are done and can close up shop?  Of course not!  They are aware that without continued watchfulness Common Core could be back with a new name or through different avenues! Working together across the nation AND in our state, we too can win this battle!

This is Chris Loesch and myself during a break from filming.  He is Dana Loesch’s husband.   Dana was once on the other side of the spectrum compared to those that agree with Glenn Beck.  Now she eats liberals for dinner and has an amzing conservative show on TheBlaze.


Dana lead the charge at the grassroots table along with Heidi Huber of Ohio, Heather Crossin from Indiana, and Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project.   You can tweet to @DLoesch and #WWNC2 to give input.

Grassroots table

Dana was interested as I explained what lead to my resignation as a public school teacher and the path that lead  me to join others in this fight against top down intrusion into education.


It was an honor to meet Truth in American Education’s Shane Vander Hart.  He took my experience as a teacher being under a gag order and sent it across the nation.  I am grateful to his work then and now for exposing what education reform is doing to parents, students, teachers, and the nation.


Amy Edmonds and Cindy McKee networked and handed out literature to those concerned citizens attending in Laramie.


“Energizing. Motivating. Dawn-breaking as you realize you are not alone. These are some of the impressions people got as they attended the Glenn Beck We Will Not Conform event in Laramie”, said Cindy McKee.

McKee continued to describe why she attended as a member of Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core.

We wanted to make sure that people understood that a grassroots movement in Wyoming is already underway. Attendees each received a bookmark with information about how to connect to others who see what’s happening with education in Wyoming and want to do something about it. It was great to see some new faces who are just now becoming aware. It was really exciting to see new activity on Facebook and Twitter during and after the event from Wyoming citizens. This is how a movement grows. It was so gratifying to hear from folks who stopped to thank us for what we were doing as they were leaving the theater.  This kind of event brings people of a like mind together and enables us to connect people from across the state to one another. These connections will multiply and grow more forceful by the month. Thanks to all who attended!

Don’t t miss the rebroadcast!  It will be shown AGAIN on Tuesday July 29th at 6:30PM. 

Find tickets  & Theaters: http://www.fathomevents.com/event/we-will-not-conform-live .

There were theaters selling out across the nation for the amazing event!

Christal Swasey writes about how the theater she attended was overflowing with parents, educators, and concerned citizens HERE.

Lisa Cummings was blogging live from the event and gives a recap HERE.

One of the BEST recaps by the amazing blogger Lady Liberty 1885 HERE.

I whole-heartily agree with Cindy McKee of WCOCC when she says,

Make no mistake…the opposition is watching (they were in attendance as well). But if we persist, if we continue to find each other, organize, and become a powerful force of voters in Wyoming, we will effect change. Come be encouraged. Come meet other people who are concerned just like you. Legislators and other policymakers will indeed listen if we show up and we speak as a united voice, and we stay committed to the course.


Candidates Hill & Lain Meet-N-Greet in Rock Springs July 26th

Candidate Meet-N-Greet

Saturday, July 26th (following the Red Desert Round Up parade)

Approximately 11:30AM – 1PM

Smith’s/Rocky Mountain Bank parking lot (Foothill Blvd)

Rock Springs

       Cindy Hill for Governor                               &                      Sheryl Lain for Superintendent

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Come and visit with Cindy Hill and Sheryl Lain and find out for yourself why they are running for office. 

Click names above to read more about each candidate and why they are the BEST choice for Wyoming’s future!

Questions please contact christyhooley@gmail.com


Two of Three Candidates for Governor will debate July 15th in Casper


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Two of the three Republican candidates for Governor, Taylor Haynes and Matt Mead, will debate Tuesday, July 15th.

Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College

The event starts at 7pm and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

While Haynes and Mead have agreed to debate at this particular event sponsored by the Casper College, KCWY News 13 and the Casper Star-Tribune, Cindy Hill declined due to concerns over the Casper Star-Tribune.   Cindy Hill issued this press release explaining her reason for declining.

Cindy Hill has announced that she will refuse to participate in an upcoming gubernatorial debate hosted by the Casper Star-Tribune. Her press release on the subject is below. She plans to participate fully in future debates not hosted by the Casper Star-Tribune.

Hill Proposes Debate Process That Assures Fairness

Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Cindy Hill today declined an invitation to take part in a debate sponsored in part by the Casper Star-Tribune due to the newspaper’s history of inaccurate reporting.

Hill, the State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, said she has decided against taking part in the debate — for the same reason she recently decided to stop responding to Star-Tribune requests for interviews: she cannot trust the publication to assure fair treatment.

“The Star-Tribune has consistently misrepresented my positions, misquoted me and gone out of its way to cast me in an inaccurate light,” she said. “This tactic has only grown worse since I advocated for the return of the people’s constitutionally protected voting rights that were taken by the current governor.  How can I trust such a group to run an impartial debate and treat all the participants fairly?”

Hill also said she does not want to be seen as supporting the newspaper in any way, including lending her name to its debate. She stressed that there are many fine journalists in Wyoming and that this comment on the Casper Star-Tribune should absolutely not be applied more broadly.

Hill said she looks forward to debating her primary election opponents in settings not connected with the Star-Tribune, i.e., in a way that assures fairness to all candidates.

It should also be pointed out the Cindy Hill has agreed to debate with Matt Mead on each occasion that she has been invited.  She feels strongly about debating Matt Mead as it will show that she is confident in her ability for government leadership.  The only exception has been this debate for the above mentioned reasons.  I have seen the twisting and turning of words and facts by the newspaper in name.  I have come to accept that the Casper Star Tribune has never striven to be unbiased but in fact have chosen to target certain groups, candidates, and leaders that don’t fit their agenda.

Please do your best to educate yourself on which candidate will do the best for our state.


WEA endorsing Jillian Balow is cause for School Choice Concern!


The WEA’s (Wyoming Education Association) candidate survey states this about school choice in their survey to candidates:

Non Traditional School Options
7. The WEA supports innovation in public education, but believes that any plan such as charter schools must:
• include adequate safeguards for all employees and students regarding health, safety, contract and employment
provisions, non-discrimination, and equal educational
• be staffed by licensed professionals;• fully comply with all statutes and regulations required of other K-12 public schools;
• be adequately funded and not divert current funds from the regular public school programs; and,
• Periodically be appropriately assessed and evaluated.

I am curious where the candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction stand on this very important issue.  I am especially interested since Jillian Balow received the WEA’s endorsement and recently stated on the radio that she is a “huge champion of school choice”.

I agree with Amy Edmonds, policy analyst for the Wyoming Liberty Group and former legislator, when she said, “I’m not sure how you can be a “huge champion of school choice” and get the WEA’s endorsement. They’ve made their contempt of parental choice pretty clear.”

Basically the WEA is in favor  of school choice as long as it looks like, acts like and doesn’t prevent funds from going somewhere other than to public education.  Is the WEA afraid of a little competition in the form of education that doesn’t conform to traditional standards (thinks out of the box) OR do they want to force ALL types of educational choices for parents to conform to their standards OR all of the above?

Keep in mind that I was a dues paying member in the WEA up until a year ago!  Had I seen the questions on the survey before I was literally “wined and dined”(okay no wine but free dinner was involved) into signing up, all in the name of protecting me from that crazy parent or student that might sue me!  I am curious how many members of both the WEA and the NEA realize what these unions are really about!  For Jillian Balow to celebrate receiving the WEA’s endorsement really concerns me as both a public school teacher, parent and someone choosing an alternative to educate my children.

Having the WEA’s endorsement isn’t something that will bring many educated voters to vote for her in the Primary Elections.  Just my two-cents!




State Candidate’s Debate – Superintendent of Public Instruction & Sec. of State!

     State Candidate’s Debate

Secretary of State & Superintendent of Public Instruction

Wynona Thompson Auditorium

Cody High School

Monday, July 7th

7PM (Doors Open at 6PM)

Candidates for Secretary of State as well as all three Republican candidates for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will be present.   They will debate and answer written questions from the audience.

Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Sheryl Lain                                      Bill Winney                                 Jillian Balow

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Candidates for Secretary of State


         Clark Stith                    Ed Murray                   Ed Buchanan                    Pete Illoway

The direction of education in Wyoming and our nation is important to all of us!

Hope to see you there!
For more information contact:
Larry French – Park County Republican Chairman
307-587-612 or 307-250-0217