Category Archives: Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership

Wyoming Statesman Gale McGee Encounters a Bolivian Coup D’état

Between 1978 and 1980, the country of Bolivia was constantly in a state of crisis. There was a series of military governments that ruled briefly, each overthrown by the next. Rodger McDaniel’s 2018 book, The Man in the Arena: The … Continue reading

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Wyoming Senator Edward Crippa in the McCarthy era

Though a small collection, the Edward D. Crippa papers are of historical interest.  Crippa (1899-1960), who had served in World War I and been Wyoming state highway commissioner from 1941 to 1947, was appointed to represent Wyoming in the U.S. … Continue reading

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“I didn’t know how much I didn’t know: AHC perspectives from the immigration symposium

When I read that convoluted quote I gave to the Laramie Boomerang, I thought to myself, “Now why did they print that?  I sound like an idiot.”  But then I realized it is the only way to describe it.  The … Continue reading

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Meet MEChA!

With the immigration symposium (“Where Are We Now? Immigration Policy and Its Impact from a Wyoming and a National Perspective”) approaching next month, we thought it would be timely to share some background information on one of the organizations that … Continue reading

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Documented

“I lived the American dream, building a successful career as a journalist, but I was living a lie…I’m actually an undocumented immigrant,” said Jose Antonio Vargas to radio weekly Democracy Now! in a recent interview.  He has shared his experiences … Continue reading

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Why an Immigration Symposium?

Immigration reform is a topic of local, state, and national concern, but why would the Simpson Institute have particular interest in this topic?  The namesake of the Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership was once at the … Continue reading

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