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Near-censure of Mead rattles GOP convention

May 6, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

EVANSTON -- Gov. Matt Mead narrowly avoided being branded with a censure resolution at the Wyoming Republican Party Convention in Evanston on Saturday.

The resolution failed Saturday by a vote of 145 against, 132 in favor. It called for rebuking Mead, a Republican seeking his party's nomination in a contested primary, for his approval of a bill last year that removed much of the power from the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A divided Supreme Court earlier this year overturned the law as unconstitutional.

The resolution also stated that Mead supported common core education standards against party policies.

The prospect that the censure motion might stick hung over the convention Saturday as Mead and challengers Cindy Hill, the state superintendent of public instruction, and Cheyenne rancher and retired physician Taylor Haynes asked delegates for their support in speeches earlier in the day.

The language of the resolution was blistering in its condemnation of Mead. "Only in times of egregious betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure one of our leaders," it stated. "Today, we are faced with such a betrayal."

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