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Biography

The Honorable Mr. Armstrong is the Great Grandson of Coach Corbett, was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and has deep roots here in Wyoming. Mr. Armstrong is the gggg Nephew of Abraham Lincoln and has always registered as a Republican. As a Geologist Mr. Armstrong worked for Halliburton, Earth Metric (SHP) as Senior Engineering Geologist, and then started his own company Earth Engineers.


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R. Mark Armstrong  PG  

for US Senate

For a Strong Wyoming

Applying for the Job to work for YOU!


A Citizen Constitutional Conservative


Pro Life


Let's get big money and corruption out of politics, and the Federal Government back inside the Constitution where it belongs!


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Platform

Government Should Not Pick Winners!

Government Policies Should Support Families and Veterans

Government Polices Should Not Attack Rural America

Government Should only fund Good Science

The Constitution is NOT a Living Document




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Centennial WY  82055

 I will listen, and represent the people of the State of Wyoming.  This is a critical election and Americas must have good  Representation in the Senate.   New fresh ideas and a willingness to fight with all I have .  My whole heart and soul for you and this great State, will be devoted to our cause!


Founding-era citizens viewed term limits as a means to prevent corruption and distant, entrenched interests staying permanently in power.  Mr. Armstrong pledges to serve no more than two terms.



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Corruption in Government

Bio and Platform

R. Mark Armstrong PLATFORM for

U.S. Senate

For a Stronger Wyoming.

A citizen Senator

Founding-era citizens viewed term limits as a means to prevent corruption and distant, entrenched interests staying permanently in power.  Mr. Armstrong pledges to serve no more than two terms.

Platform

Government Should Not Pick Winners And Losers!

Capitalism works, but crony capitalist hurts the middle class! Big government picks winners when giving a lucrative no competitive bid contract to political allies. Politicians reap the rewards of this pork funding when in office through political donations, and again when out of office. The problem goes deeper than this well-known problem. A regulator enforces the letter of the law on some entities and is less stringent on

others, or is slow when responding to requests causing inequities. Regulators benefit from the unequal imposition of regulations in numerous ways. The weaponization of agencies to attack anyone should be stopped, and we all should have the right to equal justice under the law. This should not be based on any discriminatory factor. The bigger the government the bigger the problem. The Constitution limits the scope of government, but is no longer considered as originally authored. Regulators no longer presume innocence and impact the health of companies.

Proposed solutions

Reduce the size of government by reducing taxes and the government funding of unneeded programs.

Life time term limits for all Legislative and Administrative representatives. We are not an Oligarchy.

Reduce sovereign immunity so that the government is for and by the people.

Government Policies Should Support Families and Veterans

The family is under attack from so many fronts: over taxed, over regulated, priced out of the dream, not supported, devalued, with under performing schools and parents that must work and therefore are inhibited from participating in the education of the children. A legal system that gives lip service to the best interest of the child, but this concept is not based in reality. Tax policies that do not encourage children in the family. Hardhearted policies that discourages the Godly family.

A good strong middle class with a vibrant economy supports the family. Reducing regulatory compliance burdens helps the economy.

When we send men and women to war we have an obligation to support them when they return home. Good jobs and schooling for veterans is our responsibility as a society. Service makes a better society.

Real men don't hit or rape women!

Proposed solutions

Improve the Wyoming Economy so our children do not have to leave the State to find jobs.  

Increasing home deductions for primary homes under half a million

Reducing the size of government and regulatory burdens helps the family and our veterans

Advocating for marriage counseling and mental health counseling.

Enhance penalties for violence against women. 

Government Polices Should Not Attack Rural America

Wyoming's population decrease is in part due to policies of the government. The war on extraction and agricultural industries by regulatory burdens is not currently being addressed with real science and common sense. The electric car (powered by coal) is not coming to Wyoming in the near future. The West and Wyoming carry the burdens and benefits of public lands. The Clean Water Act and National Environmental Protection Act can and at times are used to inhibit common sense solutions to problems in the west.

HUD has funding earmarked for housing depressed areas that some locations in Wyoming are qualified to receive. Wyoming is not getting our fair share. Infrastructure maintenance and development including but not limited to high speed internet should not be unfunded in rural America so that high speed rail can be developed in high density populations. We must remind people that rural America feed and power the nation. The electoral college is essential for fairness and is best for America.

Proposed solutions

MCOOL should be the Law

Diversity in Packing so the Price on the hoof is not unfairly manipulated by the Packing industry.

The Rig Count should be stabilized with a Federal Energy Policy ( Drill Storage at $40 / barrel and buy strategic reserve at $30 /barrel) 

Find a way for Wyoming to get our fair share of HUD and FEMA funds.

Re-examine sections of NEPA and the CWA

Government Should Only Fund Real Science

Grant funding can and has biased the outcome of research. The old message “follow the money” is too true when government funds research. Government funding for climate research does not require a whole earth approach. Vegetative cover including the impact of the pine beetle infestation, magnetic shield strength, solar storms, and sun activity do not seem to be included in climate models. Government funding has been bias towards CO2 and Methane as greenhouse gasses. This bias science hurts Wyoming.

Research should not be biased and favor large companies to increase the profit margin on drugs and other necessary human expenditures.

Proposed solutions

Restructure government grant funding so it does not dictate a result.

The Constitution Is Not A Living Document

The Constitution guarantees many human rights, but liberal judges and SCOTUS have degraded these rights. The right to: free speech, religious practice, self defense, property rights, trial by peers, and many other human rights are being attacked by big government.




Biography

The Honorable Mr. Armstrong is the Great Grandson of Coach Corbett, was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and has deep roots here in Wyoming. Mr. Armstrong is the gggg Nephew of Abraham Lincoln and has always registered as a Republican. As a Geologist Mr. Armstrong worked for Halliburton, Earth Metric (SHP) as Senior Engineering Geologist, and then started his own company Earth Engineers. Mr. Armstrong has worked to prevent adverse health affects from toxins. Mr Armstrong has worked oil and gas from throwing chain to developing prospects, and has never been out of zone when directing drilling. He has also worked for Wyoming DEQ.

Mr. Armstrong is a Geologist / Engineer and has worked the extraction industry, oil and gas, and environmental compliance. He knows the governmental bureaucracy from the inside and from the outside. He has fought for government accountability for years.

Mr. Armstrong served as a city councilman and kept a private prison from being built 500ft from the front door of an elementary school. He also authored city legislation to hold employees accountable for the work they do.

Mr. Armstrong has volunteered as a coach, librarian, Boy Scout assistant Scout Master, fire fighter, and at his church. He has a history of service and has sacrificed personal well being for the benefit of our society.

Mr. Armstrong knows he is not perfect and must rely on his lord and savior Jesus Christ.




 This survey was taken and filled out with my opposition to public unions, I'm unopposed to private sector unions.  I believe only three public services should be allowed to unionize. Firefighters (EMS First responders), Teachers, and Police officers. Bureaucrats should not be allowed to organize against the public.











Response to I vote


Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Agree 


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree 


I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree 


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother, rape, incest, and even with these caveats, a viable baby should never be aborted. I stand with Mother Teresa, whereas abortion advocates stand with Margaret Sanger.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree 


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree 


How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

This is a difficult question, but I do not believe billionaires need Social Security. The program was started to protect the elderly from dying in poverty. By placing an income-based cap on Social Security, its life would be extended for our children.


What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

All of the above. There is waste in all departments, including the military. A fundamental change from baseline budgeting, which causes waste and growth of government, is where I plan on starting. Agencies must have performance measured and must have budgets based on performance.


Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

I paid off my student loans. We work to reduce toxics in the environment, thereby reducing cancer risk. I'm not convinced that giving student loan forgiveness makes better teachers or public servants. We are now $28 Trillion in debt we must get our debt spending under control.

Religious Liberty


Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree 


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Agree 


I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes 


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof. This does not remove God from the public square as many liberals argue. We must fight back to keep our right to exercise our religious beliefs and practices in the public square.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree

 

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Disagree 


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I believe that capitalism works. Increasing the availability of educational opportunities for people who wish to become doctors should increase the number of doctors available to practice. With more doctors, the price of care should be reduced. Giving the people the opportunity to join co-op groups like Medi-Share is favorable in my opinion. Government should stay out of the market. We need more doctors and fewer lawyers. Repealing Obamacare would help reduce the cost of health care.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree 


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Terrorism is a form of warfare we now fight. The United States of America is a true World Force that should not be underestimated that could and should do good. The USA should never fund terrorists or states that sponsor terrorists. The spread of evil is real. The CIA and operations task forces of the military should play a significant role in stopping radical terrorists of all types.


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree 


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Disagree 


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree 


Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree 


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone who can do so legally. People who immigrate should assimilate into the culture of the United States and not fundamentally change the culture. Preferential treatment can lead to racism.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree 


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree 


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Disagree 


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Because of him, I love God and my neighbor.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative 


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

The information regarding my platform is at rmarkarmstrong4senate.com. The press has covered my campaign, and it is posted there. I have a 35-year record of helping small businesses navigate and push back against government overreach.


Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Let’s get big money and corruption out of politics, and let’s get the federal government back inside the Constitution where it belongs. The public has now seen the problems caused by unelected bureaucrats writing law. When a health officer can shut down the economy without legislative oversight the rights of the people are being infringed. I will work very hard to represent the People of my State and bring this Country closer to a Constitutional Republic as founded, as One Nation Under God!


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree 


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

None, other than violent felons, are restricted. Criminals do not obey gun laws.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Disagree 


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree 


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Disagree


The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree 


In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1) Term limits. 

2) Balanced budget. By changing government accounting from baseline budgeting to performance-based zero-sum budgeting. 

3) Defund Planned Parenthood. Giving public money to Planned Parenthood and then having them fund Democrat candidates makes no sense. 

4) Rewrite the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

5) Single issues on bills so that legislation must pass on its own merits. 

6) Food Security and Information Bill. Mandatory country-of-origin labeling and diversity of the packing industry. 

7) Pharmaceutical and Personal Protective Clothing Security Bill. Requiring the manufacturing of essential medical supplies in the United States. 

8) Repeal Obamacare. 

9) Campaign finance reform that requires media coverage of all candidates fairly.


Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

No.

 We continue to have racial protests and riots, but the fundamental racial character of the USA is improving. We still have room for improvement. By better communicating our history and bringing people closer together, racism should be reduced. People who fan the fire of hate should be reprimanded and should be debated in a civil discussion that educates people against hate.


Background

Education

University of Wyoming, Laramie, Prof Geo, 1984

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, 1976

Stanford, PaleoAlro, 1993


Work & Military


Affiliations

CVVFD, Volunteer

BoyScouts of America, Master

Sheridan Soccer, Ref

Modoc Soccer, Coach

Albany Library, Volunteer

Centennial Church, Member

Albany GOP, Delegate

Jefferson county GOP, Delegate

Offices

City Council, Held 1999



Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Questionnaire


Question 1. Extreme volatility in livestock markets is raising red flags across the country. What do you see as possible solutions to address market activity including volatility and the large disparity between the prices received by farmers and ranchers and the prices at the grocery stores?


The four major packing companies manipulate the price of beef on the hoof, to the detriment of our ranchers. The USDA controls the packing industry with the inspection of packing facilities. USDA has caused this monopoly, in some people’s opinion. Free markets where government does not pick or allow market manipulation against our ranchers is a must. If antitrust laws are required to get a free market for our ranchers, so be it. COVID-19 has highlighted this problem.

Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) so that the people know where the beef comes from is needed, and it appears USDA cannot be trusted to implement this requirement.

At the 2020 Wyoming GOP Convention, I authored two resolutions to advocate for these changes in government policies.


2. Rural communities play an important role in our nation’s economy. How would you address the needs of a deteriorating rural infrastructure in Wyoming and nationwide?


Wyoming’s infrastructure suffers when the economy is not stable and the government inhibits economic diversity and development. A federal energy policy that stabilizes the rig county and energy prices would be helpful. If storage was developed when the price of oil dropped below $40/barrel and strategic reserve was increased when the price of oil dropped below $30/barrel, stability of the market could be increased.

USDA and the Forest Service mismanaging public land hurt the economy and infrastructure. Logging would increase jobs and tax revenue. It would also reduce the fuel load in the forest that endangers the public and firefighters.


3. What is your position on efforts to expand broadband deployment to rural areas?


Communication is extremely important to businesses, business development, and education. Broadband is an essential part of allowing people in rural areas to compete in the marketplace. Education and business communication is of paramount importance to Wyoming’s future.

Cell phone signal reliability and 800mHz VHS radio signal reliability used by all agencies should be improved. Volunteer and non-volunteer fire departments, law enforcement, medical first responders, and other agencies use these signals to communicate. The dead spots can be problematic. There are some real safety issues with the lack of coverage.


4. What is your position on trade and what can be done to support agriculture?


I believe in free and fair trade, with informed consumers. MCOOL must be codified, so consumers can support the superior quality of American Meat.

Executive orders including but not limited to “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits,” and “Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Law” should be codified. Making these and other executive orders laws would prohibit another president from reversing them.


5. Other issues you want to address and/or background information.


I’m the great-grandson of the first coach at the University of Wyoming, Coach Corbett. Having a long family history in Wyoming with experience in ranching and the fossil fuels industry gives me an understanding of the challenges in Wyoming. My Grandfather Armstrong had to sell his ranch when his wife required long-term health care.

I’m a University of Wyoming alumnus and studied Geology and Petroleum Engineering. Climate variance is a hoax. Studies of the issue must be fairly reported. Reporting news in today’s world seems very biased.

NEPA is being used to hurt our economy and must be rewritten.

More information see rmarkarmstrong4senate.com



FREMONT COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS


What is the appropriate balance between state and federal oversight of natural resources and lands in Wyoming? Why? *


Less Government more Freedom. The Federal and State Government have mismanaged public land, natural resources on public land and access to public land. The biggest offender is the Federal Government. The Law (Section 12) that brought Wyoming into the USA limits State land, but this has been violated. The State funding schools from Section 16 minerals was brilliant.

When there is no public access to public land it is not really public. The Homestead Act, could move inaccessible public land to the tax role and have a public benefit. Private land!


What role does the government have in ensuring access to cost effective healthcare?


ObamaCare increased the cost of health insurance, it should be repealed. Insurance across state lines, preexisting conditions should be included in a fix. The administration of ObamaCare cost a lot.

Capitalism works and with an informed public cost should go down. Requiring hospitals to publish the cost of typical procedures can help reduce cost. Increased access can help.

We have treaty/moral obligation to provide healthcare to indigenous people. I will push to defund planned parenthood and use that $530 million to improve rural healthcare.


The most recent Gallup Poll found an extremely low approval rating for how Congress is handling its job. How would you improve coalition building across party lines? Explain. *


As a business man with good communication skills, working with all types of people, of any political belief, towards a common goal is my career. Reducing waste and corruption in government should be bipartisan. Improving Rural Healthcare is bipartisan. CoVid-19 exposed vulnerabilities; in both the supply chain and manufacturing of prescription drugs, as well as centralized meat packing. MCOOL should also get bipartisan support. These are just some examples where reaching across party lines will help America and Wyomingites. I'm results driven.




Resolution to Prohibit Bureaucrats from writing Law Authored by RMA 


WHEREAS, the legislature’s function is to write law; and

WHEREAS, unelected bureaucrats write rules and regulations that have the force of law; and

WHEREAS, this in fact allows bureaucrats to write law; now, therefore, let it be

RESOLVED, that the Wyoming Republican Party will actively support changing any law that allows bureaucrats to write rules and regulations that have the force of law; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Wyoming Republican Party will notify all bureaucrats that rules and regulations that have the force of law are opposed by the Wyoming Republican Party; and finally, let it be

RESOLVED, that the Wyoming Republican Party will support changes in existing laws that allow bureaucrats to write law.


Example

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 35-4-101 (1997 through Reg Sess)

The state department of health shall have the power to prescribe rules and regulations for the management and control of communicable diseases. Any persons violating or refusing to obey such rules and regulations or resisting or interfering with any officer or agent of the state department of health while in the performance of his duties shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by the imposition of such penalty as may be provided by law. Or in the discretion of the court said person may be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.


Proposed Changes

The state department of health shall have the power duty to prescribe rules and regulations propose rules and regulations to the legislature for the management and control of communicable diseases. If an emergency is present in the opinion of the department of health they must request the Governor declare an emergency. The department of health then have the right to write rules and regulations that have the force of Law for no more than 14 days. The legislature must codify the rules and regulations within 14 days and the Governor must sign it. Any persons violating or refusing to obey such rules and regulations Law or resisting or interfering with any officer or agent of the state department of health while in the performance of his duties shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by the imposition of such penalty as may be provided by law. Or in the discretion of the court said person may be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.





Response to Vote Smart



Abortion

Pro-life              Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?


Abortion is tearing at the fabric of our society. I will stand with Mother Teresa while the pro choice advocates can stand with Margaret Sanger. I will attempt to remove funding from PP and move it to Rural Health.


Budget

No          In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

No           Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?



We have a spending problem. We should get away from baseline budgeting and move back to a performance based zero sum budget. 


SS is to make sure that the elderly do not die in poverty after working a long hard life. A means test that excludes people that have multi millions and billions would extend the life and viability of the program.




Campaign Finance

           Y - Yes        Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?


Dark money is a problem in politics. We should know who and how a campaign is funded.


Defense 

             N - No        Do you support increasing defense spending?

There is waste and corruption in all branches of the Federal government.


Economy

           N - No             Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

           Y - Yes              Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?

           Y - Yes              Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?


Less government more freedom. When the Government forced the shutdown of businesses because of CoVid-19 the stimulus was important to save small businesses. Adding rider to the stimulus bill was extortion. A bill should be a single issue and argued on its merits.

Removing regulatory burdens is more effective than the federal government printing money to stimulate an economy. Article 1 Section 10 requires all currency to be backed by Silver or Gold. The Government just printing money is inflationary.


Education 

           N - No          Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?


Federal standards are typically below Wyoming standards. Lets not dumb down America to a Federal standards


Energy and Environment 

           N - No            Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?

           N - No             Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?


A Federal energy policy that includes all forms of energy and puts them all on equal footing is what I support. We must have sensible and permanent disposal of nuclear waste. We should do more fusion research. A federal energy policy that stabilizes the rig count and the price of Oil would benefit all Americans and Wyoming.

If we logged the dead and dying timber in the Rocky Mountain Cordillera it would reduce CO2 levels back to the early 80's. The new growth would use the CO2


Guns 

            N - No             Do you generally support gun-control legislation?


The second amendment was written for a reason. It is not a hunting regulation.


Health Care 

           Y - Yes             Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?

           N - No             Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?


ObamaCare increased the size of governments by having them administer health care to the tune of $900 Billion. If we keep the good aspects like preexisting conditions and allow across state lines coverage we can reduce the cost of healthcare. Limiting insurance companies profit and tort reform will also decrease health coverage costs.


When the government allows regulators and bureaucrats to write law that shuts down businesses it violates the Constitutional rights of our citizens. Businesses should not be accountable, government should and PPP did that


Immigration 

           Y - Yes             Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?

           Y - Yes              Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?


We must stop illegal immigration prior to considering the eligibility of citizenship for long term residents of the country. An illegal convicted of a serious crime must be deported after serving the full punishment here. Catch and release is a good fishing policy not an immigration policy.


National Security 

          N - No             Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?

           Y - Yes              Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?


I support the USA Constitution that includes the War Powers provision. To use military force against an enemy Congress must exercise its Constitutional authority to declare war. If there is a true and real threat to our security then let Congress be informed and we will take action. If we are attacked in any way (USS Cole) we have the right and duty to respond. If the USS Cole would have been handled properly it could have prevented 911 and this endless war. Sending the FBI to respond to an act of War is not a proper response.


Trade

           Y - Yes             Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?


I believe in free and fair trade. Prior to the IRS the Federal government was mainly funded with tariffs. Other Countries have not been treating the citizen of the USA fairly. This also includes the multi national corporations that move production overseas for cheap labor. Tariffs can be an effective tool to level the playing field and have a free and fair market. When Corporations and foreign Countries do not treat Americans fairly we must protect our citizens right to work and prosper. Americans are the most productive people in the world and when treated fairly we prosper.


Administrative Priorities 

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.


Lets get big Money and Corruption out of Politics and the Federal Government back inside the Constitution where it belongs. The Federal Government just printing money violates Article 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution and it is inflationary. This is taking away the future of our children. The debit in many ways stems from the Federal Governments spending and printing money. We should get away from baseline budgeting and move back to a performance based zero sum budget plan.



 Response to Albany County League of Women Voters Questionnaire


Dear League of Women Voters,

Thank you for this opportunity to respond to you questions and allow the voters know my position on issues. The four questions are responded to as follows:

Question 1: What question in our nation's government are most in need of legislative attention and action?

Response: Spending and Debt. The current system of funding agencies the same as the previous budget cycle plus what the agencies believes it needs for the next cycle is typically known as Baseline budgeting. Baseline budgeting has an inherent bias that grows government, and tends to cause government waste. By modifying the budgetary system to a performance based zero sum budgetary system, waste and the debt should be reduced. Wasting the peoples money is disrespectful.

If Article 1 Section 10 of the USA Constitution was followed the government would not be permitted to just print money, which may lead to hyperinflation.

Question 2: What resources do you depend upon for news and analyses? Why those?

Response: My news sources range from the very liberal Addicting News to the conservative InfoWars; however, most national news comes from AP, and Reuters. I get Local Wyoming news from apps like Wake up Wyoming. I don't have TV and rely on the internet to receive the Sheridan Press and the Boomerang and many other news sources. I listen to the Radio when traveling. The divisions in our nation are promulgated by the diversity and bias in our media coverage. By diversifying my sources of news I try to understand multiple views and find solutions. This leads to smaller government solutions.

Question 3: What do you think of the financial relief measures taken by Congress so far, and what legislation would you support to help the nation now?

Response: The government shutting down the Trump economy is very concerning. The financial relief given to individuals of $1200 was appropriate, the millions given to corporations is concerning. The additional riders placed on the relief bill was extortion. The increase of Trillions in the debt could lead to hyperinflation. Unelected regulators promulgating rules that have the force of Law is very concerning.

Two legislative solutions to solve these problems are 1) be a bill the requires legislation to be a single issue, and 2) remove the power of regulators to right Law. I’ve made this suggested change to WY Title 35-4-101.

Question 4: What few facts would you most like voters to know about you?

Response: Running a business since 1993 that interacts government bureaucrats daily, gives me a great understanding of the problem. I’ve attended Colorado School of Mines, University of Wyoming and Stanford, and I know how to fix the problem. To know more about me and my family heritage (Corbett Hall) see http:www.rmarkarmstrong4senate.

Thank you for this opportunity to allow the voters to understand my positions on issues.

Sincerely

R. Mark Armstrong, PG

for Us Senate

for a Strong Wyoming





NEA Fund for Children and Public Education

Political Action Committee of the

National Education Association

2020

Congressional Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate name R. Mark Armstrong

Campaign address (street, city, state, zip code) 63 Old County 130, Centennial, WY 82055

Campaign telephone number 307 399 8516

Campaign website

Candidate signature

Date

*Candidates: Questionnaire information and responses are for INTERNAL USE ONLY. Please clearly indicate your response to each of the questions. Clarifications, explanations and other information may be attached, but please be certain to make reference to the corresponding question. Please return your completed and signed questionnaire to your NEA state affiliate.

Section A. Opportunity Begins with Great Public Schools for Every Student

Ensuring Every Student Has the Opportunity to Learn

1. Do you support public schools having reliable, sustained, and appropriate streams of revenue and resources suitable to address individual student needs? _x_ yes ___ no

2. Do you support increasing Title I funding? _x_ yes ____ no

3. Do you support increasing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding?

_x__ yes ____ no When my little brother was ready for school he was denied access. So this issue is personal with me.

4. Do you support mandatory full funding at the promised 40 percent level for IDEA? _x_yes ____ no

5. Do you support including school modernization funding as a part of a federal infrastructure plan? __x_ yes ____ no

6. Do you support increasing federal investment in the Community Schools model to exceed federal investment in charter schools? __x_ yes ____ no

7. Do you support increasing federal investments to help states expand public high-quality prekindergarten programs and to ensure all children have access to full-day kindergarten? _x__ yes ____ no

8. Will you urge Congress to support increased federal investments in and commitment to Indian, Native American, and Alaska Native education? __x_yes ____ no

Children’s Health, Wellness, and Safety

9. Please indicate which of the following you support in regards to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). (Select all that apply.)

____ Expanding access and increasing funding for Medicaid and CHIP

__x_ Converting Medicaid to a block grant

____ Instituting per capita caps on Medicaid funding

____ None of the above

10. Do you support ensuring healthy nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, such as the standards outlined in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act? __x_ yes ____ no

11. Do you oppose any cuts or attempts to block grant funding for school meals and child nutrition programs, particularly the Community Eligibility Provision? _x__ yes ____ no

12. Which approaches to preventing gun violence and improvements to safety preparedness in schools do you support? (Select all that apply)

____ Universal background checks for guns bought in stores, online, or at gun shows

____ Banning assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks

____ Lifting the prohibition on gun violence research and study by the Centers for Disease Control

__p_ Increasing funding and access to school-based mental health and trauma-informed services, including the full complement of specialized instructional support staff (i.e. counselors and nurses)

____ Prohibition on federal funding to purchase firearms and firearms training for educators

____ Preserving the Gun-Free School Zones Act

__x_ None of the above The 2nd Amendment expresses our God given right to self defense. This right should not stop at school property.

Striving for Professional Excellence

13. Which approaches to teacher preparation programs do you support? (Select all that apply)

_x__Providing incentives for teacher preparation programs to include comprehensive “residencies” of at least a year in which accomplished teachers provide guidance to new teachers

_x__Providing adequate supports for new teachers including mentoring by experienced teachers and appropriate professional development for their level of experience

____Providing incentives to states to require the necessary clinical practice to be professionally ready prior to becoming the teacher of record

____Providing incentives for teacher preparation programs to recruit and retain teacher candidates

____Providing incentives for teacher preparation programs to recruit and retain teacher candidates from under-represented groups to expand diversity in the teaching workforce

____ None of the above

Geologist are required to be mentored by three seasoned geologist for five years before they can sit for an exam that allows them to practice.

14. Do you support federal funding for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which offers valuable professional development and high standards for educators to further their practice? _____yes __x___no

15. Do you support providing funding that can go toward training for education support professionals (i.e., custodial and maintenance personnel, school bus drivers, paraeducators, secretaries, computer technicians, etc.) and specialized instructional support professional (i.e., nurses, speech pathologists, psychologists, etc.)?

____ yes __x__ no

Accountability for All Public Schools

16. Do you support holding charter schools, including online charter schools and for-profit charters, to the same standards of transparency (i.e. financial, holding public board meetings, and reporting that includes the preservation of historical data) as all public schools? __x__ yes ____ no

17. Do you support holding charter schools, including online charter schools and for-profit charters, to the same accountability standards/requirements (i.e. civil rights, employment, health, labor, safety, educator qualifications) as all public schools? __x__ yes ____ no

18. Do you support reducing the number of federally mandated high-stakes standardized tests and allowing local teacher-designed methods of assessing learning?

__x__ yes ____ no

19. For the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), do you support expanding the options available to demonstrate student learning and school performance, such as locally developed assessments, among other options? __x_ yes ____ no

20. More specifically, within ESEA do you support requiring the meaningful inclusion of opportunity and school climate indicators that highlight disparities, such as students’ access to school counselors, nurses, technology, and advanced placement courses?

__x__ yes ____ no

School Vouchers and Related Privatization Schemes

21. Please indicate whether you support the following: (Select all that apply)

__y_ Private school vouchers

__y_ Education savings accounts for K-12 students

____ Tuition tax credits for K-12 students

__y_ 529 savings plans for K-12 private school tuition or home schooling

____ None of the above

22. Do you support private school vouchers for any of these specific populations of students? (Select all that apply)

__y__ Students from military families

__y_ Students who attend Bureau of Indian Education schools

__y__ Students attending Washington, D.C. public schools

__y__ Students with disabilities

__y__ Students who have been bullied or harassed

____ None of the above

Section B: Opportunity Requires an Economy that Works for America’s Middle Class

Creating a Fair Economy

23. Do you support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to at least $15.00 per hour, which would benefit many education support professionals (i.e., custodial and maintenance personnel, school bus drivers, paraeducators, secretaries, computer technicians, etc.), and tying future wage increases to inflation on an annual basis?

____ yes _X___ no

24. Please indicate which changes to the U.S. tax code you support in order to ensure we have the revenue needed to make critical investments in our future. (Select all that apply)

____ Reducing corporate tax rates

____ Increasing corporate tax rates

__x__ Closing corporate tax loopholes

____ Reducing high-income individual’s tax rate

__x__ Increasing high-income individual’s tax rate

__x__ Repealing the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions

____ No change

Making College More Affordable for Everyone

25. Do you support legislation allowing federal student loans to be refinanced—like mortgages—when interest rates decline? _x__ yes ____ no

26. Do you support legislation allowing all federal student loans to be discharged during bankruptcy?

____ yes __x__ no Teachers are not the issue here Lawyers are.

27. Do you support expanding public service loan forgiveness programs to include contingent or adjunct faculty in higher education institutions? ____ yes __x__ no

28. Please indicate which changes to the Pell Grant award you would support. (Select all that apply)

__x__ Expanding the maximum award to keep pace with annual cost of living increases

__x__ Year-round Pell Grants

____ No change

____ Decreasing the maximum Pell Grant award

Employees’ Rights and Benefits

29. Do you believe all public sector employees should have the right to bargain collectively? ____ yes __x__ no

Public employee retirement benefits are bankrupting states.

30. Do you support due process rights for all education employees? __x__ yes ____ no

I was wrongfully terminated by the State of Wyoming. I was not a Union member. As a ProSe litigant the court determined that I was wrongfully terminated. The State refused to obey the Court order. This is not a due process problem it is an administrative problem.

31. Do you support protecting people from being denied health insurance coverage or being charged more for coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions? __x__ yes ____ no

32. Please indicate if you support the following approaches to health coverage taxation. (Select all that apply)

____ Maintaining tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health coverage

____ Eliminating excise tax on higher-cost employer-sponsored health coverage

_x__ None of the above

Retirement Security

33. Do you support eliminating or reforming the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision? _x___ yes ____ no

Government employee retirement is bankrupting States.

34. Do you support raising the Social Security payroll tax cap? __x__ yes ____ no

Studying the benefit of not providing Social Security benefits to Millionaires, Billionaires and Trillionaires should be conducted.

35. Which approaches to Medicare policy and funding do you support? (Select all that apply)

____ Raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67

____ Converting Medicare to a voucher system, also referred to as premium support

__x__ Means testing Medicare benefits eligibility

__x__ Maintaining at least the current level of benefits for recipients

____ None of the above

36. Do you support the deferral of income tax on contributions to a pension plan?

__x__ yes ____ no

Section C: Opportunity for All Requires a Democracy that Works for All

Human and Civil Rights

37. Which approaches to improving school climate and discipline practices do you support?

____ Increasing funding and access to school-based mental health, including the full complement of specialized instructional support staff (i.e. counselors and nurses)

____ Increasing funding and/or staff support to implement restorative practices in schools

__x__ Increasing funding and/or staff to implement trauma-informed services and education practices

____ None of the above

Reducing clasroom size for disruptive children seems work.

38. Do you support legislation updating the Voting Rights Act to ensure adequate voter protection, access and awareness by including oversight of those jurisdictions that have a recent record of voting rights violations and voter disenfranchisement? __x__ yes ____ no

39. Do you support adequate funding for the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights so it will have the necessary resources to ensure equal education access for all students through data collection, research, investigation, and enforcement of both individual and systemic civil rights complaints and demonstrated problems in our nation’s schools?

_x__ yes ____ no

40. Do you support amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex in the areas of public accommodation, such as education, employment and public spaces?

__x__ yes ____ no

41. Please indicate which immigration policies you support for aspiring Americans. (Select all that apply)

____ Provisional protection – a reprieve from deportation and a work permit for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children (DACA program)

___x_ Protecting family unity

____ Creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

____ None of the above

Preferential treatment of people by race or class is a form of racisum.

Section D: Short Answer

42. Do you believe the federal government has a role in fostering educational excellence and equal access for all public school students? ____ yes _x_ no

If yes, please provide a short answer describing what you believe that role should be. If no, please provide a short answer describing why you believe the federal government should not play a role in public education.

Washington DC should not tell Wyomingites how to educate our children. If the Courts determine there is a problem only then should the federal government be involved. The Reservation not having enough teachers is an example of to much federal intervention.

43. What is your personal background or experience with public schools?

My Grand father was Superintendent of Schools in Albany County. He received approximately $5,000 per child per year (adjusted for inflation) to educate children. Today Wyoming spends $17,000 per child per year plus an additional $8000 federal money

My Aunt was the principal of an elementary school in Casper.

My mother was a teacher but because my brother was at home she was a stay at home mother.

To become a Professional Geologist it is typically required to have 5 years of mentor ship by a Professional Geologist before the state allows you to sit for the PG. I have mentored over 20 Geologist.

44. FOR SENATE ONLY: What would your criteria be for considering confirmation of the president’s nominee for Secretary of Education? What stakeholders would you consult and what knowledge, experience, and expertise would you look for?

My preference is to reduce the influence of the US Department of Education. Wyomingites know more about educating our children then DC Bureaucrats.

Choosing a head of US Dept of ED would lean towards someone that agreed with the 10th Amendment philosophy. A candidate that ran a State Dept of Ed and had an excellent record would receive preferential treatment. A record that proved a value for the educational dollar would receive preferential consideration. Records that indicate the value of the educational dollar would be consulted.

45. What criteria would you use to decide whether or not to support nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States?

First I want to state that the nomination must be legal. Nomination of a family member for any federal judgeship should be considered a non starter because it is illegal.

A record that indicates a belief in the original construction of the Constitution would be given preferential consideration.

a. Who or what types of stakeholders will you rely upon to inform your decision and what information about potential nominees will be most important to you?

The record of the Judge's decisions would be considered. When the four point test under Pickering was changed by Garcetti v Ceballos, 547 IS 410 to including the control of the work place, the original intent of the 1st Amendment was violated. Government employees should always have the right to speak about corruption and unethical conduct in government.

The Pickering determination was an 8-1 decision, while the Garcetti determination was a 5-4 decision. The Garcetti decision rely on the whistle blower laws to protect government employees that speak about unethical conduct. The 1st Amendment does not stop when an person becomes a government employee.

The people's rights to Constitutional protection will be the most important information I consider.

b. With regard to selection criteria for a Supreme Court justice, what qualifications, knowledge, viewpoints, and experiences do you consider essential for this position?

A decision record that respected the original construction of the Constitution. Following precedent has been known to cause significant issues with the peoples rights.

46. What would your criteria be for considering presidential nominees in general, and what would your process be for vetting nominees’ qualifications, expertise, and position on issues?

First the Nomination must be legal. That has not always been the case with Governor nominations in Wyoming.

The vetting process will be a carefully and critically examining of the candidates history and beliefs. The process of investigating someone thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a life time job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness will be multi-facitied. Vetting a candidate is a little like a job interview. The sources used and the people contacted would be extensive. Work records, publications, social media, friends family would all be a resource to determine the character of the candidate.


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