What goes on behind the scenes

We the Candidate get many questionnaires as we run our races.  Sometimes we can get as many as 15-20 questionnaire and many are lengthy.  These come from PACs and Special Interest Groups all over the country.  Some come with a caveat of giving the candidate some type of endorsement or financial gain to get the candidate to fill them out.  Some come with a demanding, threatening attitude behind them and you just wonder should you or should you not fill them out.  You know you do not agree with anything these groups stand for you so you make a command decision in not to fill them out period.  You know you will never get their endorsement, nor do they do not have your best interest in mind. 

To be fair, some groups send in a questionnaire simply to know your stance on an issue.  Do not however take all answers as gospel.  You may answer a question one way, but until you get into a civil debate on the floor or during a committee with several other people, you may be persuaded to change your mind.  Be kind to your candidates who do not fill out every questionnaire.  They can be time consuming and while you are trying to run a campaign, you just may not be able to take time to fill them all out.

As for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, they sent out a questionnaire that I thought was decent, so I filled it out.  As you will see they just wanted answers to a few questions.  They were important enough that I thought you should see them now, instead of two weeks before the election, August 21, 2018.  So many of you may have voted before then, so I am giving you a chance to see my answers in an extended version, because we were given limited space to fill out the questionnaire.  

I hope these answers help you make a better decision before you go to the polls, Where I would certainly appreciate your vote.

Thank you,


Casper Star Tribune Interview Questions from reporter Nick Reynolds
Article printed Oct 13,2018
A turn to the right: A rising crop of conservatives makes the case for social issues

I am printing this information so you can see what questions were asked and on what premise. This way you can read the article with Mr. Reynolds objective in mind and judge for yourself if he met his objective.

The initial email:
Nick Reynolds
Wed, Oct 10, 10:31 AM (5 days ago)

Good morning Lynn, hope all’s well!
My name’s Nick Reynolds, and have been working as the politics reporter at the Casper Star-Tribune since August. I hadn’t gotten to chat with you just yet I believe but, since the end of primary season and your victory this summer, I figured I had to reach out some time!
I was reaching out this morning because I had been working on an electoral politics piece for this weekend and, having talked to a few people around the state, was told you might be uniquely suited to talking about it. After talking to voters on primary day earlier this year about what was important to them, I heard from many people how important things like faith and family values were to them. Since then, I’ve been trying to gauge the impact and enthusiasm of religious and values-based voters across the state. If you’d have any interest in chatting, or have any other directions you think I should head in, let me know.
Thanks so much for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you,
Nick Reynolds
State Politics Reporter, The Casper Star-Tribune

The Questionaire:
Lynn Hutchings
Fri, Oct 12, 2:46 PM (3 days ago)
to Nick.Reynolds
For your review.  I will review your other statements.  Call if you have questions.
On Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 1:20 PM Nick Reynolds wrote:  My answers in blue

As far as the priorities of your constituents go, what do they care about most?    The Budget, Education (concerns over what is being taught in our schools, money going to schools, & teacher autonomy), State Income Tax and Federal Land Transfers

Does religion or a preference to certain social issues drive people to vote? How significant is this when you run a campaign?  A persons values are extremely important in the voting process. 
Religion does in fact play a key role. People are religious by nature. People want a representative who has integrity and wants to operate on the foundation of truth & just law making, along with one who will adhere to the U.S. and WY Constitution to serve in our state government.
When we discuss some of the more – I suppose they would be called – “socially conservative” bills that have been introduced in recent years, do you feel like these are things constituents are demanding? Is there an enthusiasm for bills like these that inspires people to vote for representatives who sponsor them? 
(i.e. bill on the National Motto being displayed in classrooms across the state and bills dealing with life issues.) There is an enthusiasm for them. This is why those with conservative values are being elected.  But those who were voted into office have to uphold the values, ethics, and party platform they ran on. Citizens have a responsibility to stay informed and be willing to contact their legislators and let them know these issues are truly of value to them.

 What do you think people should understand about conservatives in Wyoming?
First of all, we are diverse.  We each have unique values we would like to help conserve.  I mentioned to you, that you have a choice, you can choose a house built on a solid foundation made of stone, with a house is built with brick, nuts and bolts.  Or, you can choose the house made on sand, constantly shifting, with a house made of sticks held together by just bolts, no nuts.  Which would you prefer?  This statement represents timeless principles in building homes, cities, states and nations that we can not alter, unless we plan to fall.  This goes for anything in society, destroy the foundation and you have nothing to stand on or for. This is my take on conservatism, conserving our solid foundation.

Do you feel the Republican Party – though explicit in its platform to uphold things like family values and the like -- is necessarily homogeneous? 
Yes.  Are there some areas where candidates that may take a more “live and let live” approach and avoid social issues be more successful than others?  I  have lived in Cheyenne most of my life (I spent 20 plus years away in the military)   This mantra of "live and let live" is not one held by the Republican Party.  That is more a Left leaning mantra. We, true Republicans, believe in telling the truth, taking the bull by the horns and standing for what we believe is true and right for our state.

They say a district’s candidate embodies their ideals – what connects the districts where more socially conservative candidates succeed?  The connection is a candidate that is not afraid to stand for the Truth. One who is willing to stand for the values of our founding, religions and families and has a desire to create an atmosphere of civility that will continue to the next generation and for those to come.  As Russell Kirk said, "Conservatives adhere to custom, convention and continuity.  Custom that enables people to live together peaceably; the destroyers of customs demolish more than they know or desire.  Convention...avoid perpetual disputes about rights and duties. Continuity is the means of linking generation to generation; it matters as much for society as it does for the individual; without it life is meaningless."

Some commentators I’ve reached out to on the left – and some who may be considered “center right” – have told me they feel the Republican party has gotten “more conservative” in recent years. Would you agree with this? 
I do not believe we have gotten more conservative, but as a mutual interviewee stated those who have adhered to certain values have been awakened.  Those who have sought to "demolish customs" we value have beaten on our doors and demanded we "conform or get out of the land" per se.  Why do you think that is?  People want to be able to speak the truth, in love, and be able to disagree with an issue without being threatened, called names, or lose their jobs, their business or their reputations because of it.  Truth will Win.

Now you have the whole story based on my answers.


WTE Questionnaire
Because this is my sight & I have no word limits I have expanded on the answers a bit and put them in Green

1.      Why are you running for this office? (50 words) I’m running because District 5 residents have expressed the need for a new Senator who better represents their values, values like transparency, cutting government spendings, resisting tax increases (especially a State Income Tax), supporting 2nd Amendment rights, and respecting the sanctity of human life.  Senator Emerich voted against these values.   

2.       What distinguishes you from your opponents? (50 words) I understand and respect the proper role of government. I demonstrated as a State Representative that I posses the necessary fortitude to withstand attempts to enlarge and enhance the role of government.  I have also proven that I am constituent-centered, accessible, and dedicated to upholding Wyoming Republican Party Principles.  The WY and U.S. Constitutions are what we should base our laws on as law-makers not on emotions/feelings.  Every law should pass the principles of liberty questions our Forefathers laid out in these documents for us.  Mainly, does the law make us more dependent on the government or more free from its control?

3.       What do you think is the most important issue in this race? (50 words)  From my perspective, the most important issue is the issue the residents in Senate District 5 thinks is the most important.   Overwhelmingly, the most important issue is NO STATE INCOME TAX.

4.       Is economic diversification a priority for you? If so, how would you go about helping to diversify the state’s economy? (75 words) The vast majority of the hundreds of people I’ve talked to believe in the Free market system—where people invest their own money in projects they deem worthy.  People instinctively understand that we invest our own money far more prudently than when government spends other people’s money (the Taxpayer’s money).  As a state Senator my role in diversifying the economy should be minimal—supporting minimal legislation, creating a fair and business-friendly environment.    

5.       How do you plan to address education funding challenges? (75 words)  Students, parents, teachers and funding are critical to education. The consistent narrative is “throw more money at education so we can get better results."   Other states spend less and get better academic achievement.  As a legislator my focus will be on how to provide excellence in education without simply increasing funding.  My focus might involve educational choice, creative delivery models using information technology, and bringing parents back as key stakeholders in the decision-making process.  FYI - Article 7 of the Wyoming Constitution address funding issues specifically for our schools.  During the last election in 2014 four mailers were sent out stating I voted against school facilities funding (HB0042).  These mailers lied to you.  I voted "Yes" on school facilities funding.  http://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2014/HB0042   review the final vote.

6.       How important is providing commercial air service to Wyoming communities? If it’s important, how would you make it happen? If not, why not? (75 words)   The importance of any business in a community should be determined by the private market, not by government, and in this case, specifically by an airline and potential passengers.  If a given Wyoming community can demonstrate sufficient interest in air travel and an airline is willing to provide service at affordable rates, no subsidy of any kind is needed from government.  No need to force many taxpayers to subsidize air travel for just a few.   

7.       How do you plan to address challenges related to providing health care to all Wyoming residents? (75 words)  My plan as legislator should be minimal at best.  According to Article 7, Section 20, of the Wyoming Constitution,  it is the duty of the legislature to protect and promote the health and morality of the people,  not to provide health care.  I would promote health insurance purchases across state lines, more competition and transparency in physician pricing along with health care savings accounts.  I also like the idea of Provider/Patient personal payment plans.  As I spoke with some in District 5 over coffee, we discussed Telemedicine, which I found a very viable options to many of the rural health care needs.  Also the probability of perhaps building steel buildings and housing helecopters with medical teams on a rotating or on call basis like EMTs. This would save time and money in lieu of building a complete hospital in ever community.  The possiblities are limitless.

8.       How would you promote transparency, if elected? (75 words)  To promote transparency I would support that every legislative vote taken be open, recorded and available to the public, including committee meeting votes.  I would support legislation to create a budget that was more streamlined--easier for the public to understand, helping them be fully informed.  Furthermore, our State checkbook should be open and available online in such a way that everyone in Wyoming can see for themselves where every dime is spent.  Openthebooks.com - Why should we as taxpayers not be able to see with just a click what is going on in Wyoming State Government?  This is a simple question and this site is helping to provide some of the answers.  But we need to be more transparent with our public information so the citizens can be informed.