Elections http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-negotiating-wyoming-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Matt Mead may be changing his mind when it comes to expanding Medicaid services for low income people in the state. After publicly rejecting the notion of Medicaid expansion late last year, the governor says he is negotiating in good faith with the federal department of Health and Human Services to develop a Wyoming specific Medicaid expansion plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-candidate-favors-local-standards-and-accountability <p>A member of State Superintendent Cindy Hill’s staff is hoping to replace her.&nbsp; Sheryl Lane is one of three Republican’s running for the right to face Democrat Mike Ceballos in the November general election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lane is a former classroom teacher and while she likes the fact that legislators are looking at improving school and teacher accountability, she does not like the way they are going about it.&nbsp; She says they have developed state accountability measures, something she opposes.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:37 +0000 Bob Beck 61023 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability Hill Officially Runs For Governor http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-officially-runs-governor <p>State Superintendent Cindy Hill says if she is elected governor she will push good government measures to make it easier for the public to get documents, she also plans to address conflicts of interest that she sees in government. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hill will run as a Republican.&nbsp; She said that she got into the race because she said Governor Matt Mead exceeded his authority of governor when he signed the law that removed her as the head of the Department of Education.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:17:45 +0000 Bob Beck 59242 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Officially Runs For Governor Gosar Says Mead Has Lacked Leadership http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gosar-says-mead-has-lacked-leadership <p>A Democratic candidate for governor says he is running because he says Governor Matt Mead hasn’t provided the leadership the state needs.&nbsp; Pete Gosar says Mead has been playing politics with many of his decisions.</p><p>“Whether it be Medicaid expansion or climate change or what have you, the governor has just been paying attention to polls and not telling us what he thinks.”</p><p>As a member of the state board of education, Gosar says he was upset that Mead did not veto an amendment that kept the board from adopting some peer reviewed science standards for the state.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:05:31 +0000 Bob Beck 58571 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gosar Says Mead Has Lacked Leadership Ed Murray Announces Run For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ed-murray-announces-run-secretary-state <p>A Cheyenne businessman is the fifth Republican to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State.&nbsp; Ed Murray owns a real estate and investment company and wants to use his business experience to update the office of Secretary of State.&nbsp; Among his goals are to make the position&nbsp;more business friendly.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:59:35 +0000 Bob Beck 56529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ed Murray Announces Run For Secretary Of State Two More Republicans Are Running For Secretary of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/two-more-republicans-are-running-secretary-state <p>Two former legislators have announced that they will seek the Republican nomination to become Wyoming's Secretary of State.&nbsp; Incumbent Max Maxfield is not seeking re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>Former House Corporations Committee Chairman Pete Illoway &nbsp;says he&nbsp;actually considered running for the office several years ago.&nbsp; His committee worked closely with the Secretary of State to modernize the post.&nbsp; Illoway wants to continue making it business friendly.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:49:20 +0000 Bob Beck 56165 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two More Republicans Are Running For Secretary of State Former Educator Will Run For State Superintendent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-educator-will-run-state-superintendent <p>A former classroom teacher and former Wyoming Department of Education employee has announced that she will run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.&nbsp; Republican Jillian Balow says she has four goals.</p><p>“Enhancing local control in the school districts; increasing collaboration across the state with multiple stakeholders; empowering parents to be more involved with education; and I’m also tackling the political issues that have dominated education in Wyoming.”</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:11 +0000 Bob Beck 55630 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Educator Will Run For State Superintendent Cheyenne Republican Will Run For State Superintendent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-republican-will-run-state-superintendent <p>An administrator in the Wyoming Department of Family Services says she is running for state superintendent of public instruction.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:54:30 +0000 Associated Press 55470 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheyenne Republican Will Run For State Superintendent Governor Begins His Re-election Campaign http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-begins-his-re-election-campaign <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead made it official, he is running for re-election.&nbsp; In his announcement Mead said that he has helped enhance Wyoming’s business climate and has been successful fighting the federal government.&nbsp; He noted that when he took office the feds were not releasing coal leases.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:55:47 +0000 Bob Beck 55194 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Begins His Re-election Campaign Cheney announcement met with shock and sympathy in Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheney-announcement-met-shock-and-sympathy-wyoming <p>Liz Cheney’s announcement Monday that she would be ending her US Senate campaign to&nbsp;address a family health issue&nbsp;was met in Wyoming with both shock and sympathy.&nbsp;</p><p>Former US Senator Alan Simpson said he called and offered his support.&nbsp; Simpson was among the first to say that a Cheney-Enzi race could hurt the state Republican Party.&nbsp;&nbsp; But Wyoming National committeewoman Marti Halverson says that wouldn’t have happened.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:11:34 +0000 Bob Beck 52273 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheney announcement met with shock and sympathy in Wyoming Liz Cheney ends her Senate campaign http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/liz-cheney-ends-her-senate-campaign <p>U-S Senate candidate Liz Cheney has decided to end her campaign to what she is calling a serious health issue within her family. The news broke Sunday night and was confirmed by the Cheney campaign this morning.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:41:07 +0000 Bob Beck 52236 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Liz Cheney ends her Senate campaign Lummis’ challenger hopes to become a Simpson-style statesman http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lummis-challenger-hopes-become-simpson-style-statesman <p>Rep. Cynthia Lummis’ challenger in the Republican primary says Wyoming needs a representative who’s good at negotiating.</p><p></p><p>Republican Jason Senteney says stalemates like the one that shut down the federal government are the result of lawmakers’ stubbornness.</p><p>If elected, he says he would be more open to compromise: “more like an Alan Simpson type of Republican.”</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:02:45 +0000 Willow Belden 49047 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lummis’ challenger hopes to become a Simpson-style statesman Gov. Mead reiterates need to grow 'rainy day account' during State of the State speech http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-reiterates-need-grow-rainy-day-account-during-state-state-speech <p></p><p></p><p>In the State of the State address today, Governor Mead reiterated his proposal to redirect more money from severance taxes into the ‘rainy day account.’ One percent of severance taxes currently goes into the permanent mineral trust fund, but Governor Mead wants it to go into a legislative savings account instead.&nbsp;</p><p>House Minority Leader, Mary Throne, has spoken out against having a rainy day fund so large, noting that it currently contains $5 billion. She says they need to determine how much they actually need to save.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:36:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35059 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead reiterates need to grow 'rainy day account' during State of the State speech Gov. Mead pushes for a WY Medicaid expansion plan pitch http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-pushes-wy-medicaid-expansion-plan-pitch <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Matt Mead said in his State of the State address Wednesday that lawmakers need to think further about Medicaid expansion in the state and to develop a plan specifically for Wyoming. Department of Health Director, Tom Forslund, said the state would save about $50 million over six years under a full expansion.</p><p>House Majority Floor leader Kermit Brown says there are still too many unknowns in the federal rules for the Affordable Care Act that could hurt Wyoming.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:20:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35058 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead pushes for a WY Medicaid expansion plan pitch Voter Mobilization Efforts Target Native Americans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/voter-mobilization-efforts-target-native-americans-0 <p></p><p>A get-out-the-vote effort on the Wind River Indian Reservation helped get people to the polls, but Fremont County, where the reservation is located, still showed slightly lower numbers of ballots cast this year than in 2008 and 2004.</p><p></p><p>Voter turnout on reservations has generally been low and often community members take more interest in tribal elections than in state and national races, but Wyofile journalist Ron Feemster, who was on Wind River for Election Day, says that didn’t seem to be an issue.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 01:46:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 32584 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Voter Mobilization Efforts Target Native Americans Jackson Council seat winner ran a paperless campaign http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-council-seat-winner-ran-paperless-campaign-0 <p></p><p>: Jim Stanford detests campaign yard signs. So when he decided to run for a seat on Jackson's Town Council he says he decided not to use them. The idea snowballed from there with Stanford deciding to run a paper-less campaign. In a competitive race, packed with qualified candidates, his unconventional approach worried campaign team members, including Amy McCarthy.</p><p>"I just wanted to make sure that as Jim went from door to door with so many people not being home that they knew that he had tried to stop by," McCarthy said.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 01:40:20 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 32582 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson Council seat winner ran a paperless campaign Park County voters nix sales tax http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/park-county-voters-nix-sales-tax <p>The Mayor of Cody says residents in her community can expect to see budget cuts and a reduction of services following the failure of a one-percent sales tax which was intended to address infrastructure needs of Park County.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Nancy Tia Brown says her community will see some changes: “It was a time for the Cody voters or the county voters to let us know if they wanted to continue things as they were or make adjustments.&nbsp; And we are going to have to make some adjustments.”</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:17:51 +0000 Bob Beck 32525 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Park County voters nix sales tax Voters OK Fremont County sales tax http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/voters-ok-fremont-county-sales-tax <p>Fremont County will have more money to fix roads, now that voters have approved a 1-percent sales tax.</p><p>County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson says the state transportation funding hasn’t been adequate to properly maintain the county’s transportation infrastructure.</p><p>“There’s bridges that are starting to fall into disrepair,” Thompson said. “We have huge backlogs of road maintenance. … So this will allow us to do some maintenance projects that will keep us from having to rebuild the roads later on.”</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:31:17 +0000 Willow Belden 32513 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Voters OK Fremont County sales tax Wyoming Voters Approve Health Care Constitutional Amendment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-voters-approve-health-care-constitutional-amendment <p>Wyoming voters have endorsed a state constitutional amendment specifying that competent adults have the right to make their own health care decisions.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Proponents had pushed the amendment to voice opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act. They say they still see a place for the amendment despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer that upheld portions of the federal law.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp; Voters on Tuesday also endorsed an amendment specifying that the state will preserve citizens' opportunities to hunt, fish and trap.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:16:17 +0000 Bob Beck 32492 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Voters Approve Health Care Constitutional Amendment Jackson approves two ballot issues and defeats one http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-approves-two-ballot-issues-and-defeats-one <p>Teton County voters resoundingly approved a 14-million-dollar tax<br>proposition to close the county's landfill. Hailey Morton, the top<br>vote-getter in the Jackson Town Council race, called the proposition a<br>no-brainer.<br><br>&nbsp;"If it didn't come from the sales tax, from the<br>SPET tax, it would have had to come from property tax, which you know<br>whether that was from the general fund or raising property tax, I<br>think constituents realized that's not what they wanted to do."<br><br>Jim Stanford, who also won a seat on the Town Council, said the Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:04:25 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 32491 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson approves two ballot issues and defeats one Democrats lose two legislative seats http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-lose-two-legislative-seats <p>Republicans have increased their clout in the Wyoming Legislature as a result of yesterday’s election. The GOP gained two House seats in Rock Springs and another in western Wyoming, though Democrats gained a seat in Cheyenne.</p><p>One of the Democrats’ key losses was Rep. Joe Barbuto, an incumbent from Rock Springs. He lost to Republican Mark Baker.</p><p>Several other Democratic incumbents had fierce competition as well. Rep. Mary Throne, Sen. Floyd Esquibel, and Rep. Patrick Goggles each won re-election by only a narrow margin.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:38:32 +0000 Willow Belden 32465 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats lose two legislative seats Lummis re-elected http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lummis-re-elected <p>U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis easily won re-election in yesterday’s election. She was up against Democrat Chris Henrichsen and three third-party candidates.</p><p>Lummis says the presence of the minor-party candidates indicates that some Wyomingites feel the Republican candidates weren’t conservative enough.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:34:47 +0000 Willow Belden 32463 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lummis re-elected Voters Decided the Fate of Ballot Initiatives http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/voters-decided-fate-ballot-initiatives <p>Beyond selecting federal and state candidates, Wyoming voters decided the fate of numerous local ballot initiatives.</p><p>In Weston County, voters increased property taxes to raise funds for the local hospital, nursing home, and other health services. Sweetwater County voted to issue bonds to build a new pool at the high school, and passed a 1% sales tax for infrastructure projects. Platte County will re-authorize property taxes to fund a nursing home, and Converse County approved a 1% sales tax to build a library and an education building.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:24:41 +0000 Irina Zhorov 32460 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Voters Decided the Fate of Ballot Initiatives Democrats lose footing in Wyoming Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-lose-footing-wyoming-legislature <p></p><p>Democrats in Wyoming are widely outnumbered by to Republicans, and this election they lost another member in the Legislature.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Republican Mark Baker defeated Democratic Representative Joseph Barbuto for a state Representative seat.</p><p></p><p>Democrat Chris Henrichsen ran for US House against Cynthia Lummis and lost. He says the keys is not to bolster the party, but to focus on running candidates that can appeal to different kinds of voters on issues, like Democratic governors have done.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:17:12 +0000 Irina Zhorov 32457 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats lose footing in Wyoming Legislature Teton County propositions contribute to huge voter turnout http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-county-propositions-contribute-huge-voter-turnout <p></p><p>Teton County ran out of ballots at several polling stations tonight because of skyrocketing voter turnout.</p><p>Volunteer election judge Mike Gierau says there were almost 5,000 absentee ballots, in addition to massive amounts of people waiting in line to vote on election day.</p><p>“A lot of times you see people in a presidential year just vote for the top offices and then not really go on to the other side of the ballot. Today there was a lot of votes on the other side of the ballot, a lot of votes on those propositions we saw."</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:13:35 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 32456 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton County propositions contribute to huge voter turnout Incumbent Sen. Barrasso wins re-election http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/incumbent-sen-barrasso-wins-re-election <p></p><p>U.S. Republican Senator John Barrasso has been re-elected.</p><p>The conservative Junior Senator from Wyoming says there needs to be more bi-partisan cooperation during the next Congress.</p><p>“I think that people that have gotten elected tonight have a responsibility to the country to make sure we focus on this incredible debt and focus on getting people back to work. So I’m committed to that.”</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:06:40 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32455 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Incumbent Sen. Barrasso wins re-election Results for Wyoming Legislative Races http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/results-wyoming-legislative-races <p>Updated 7:45 p.m.</p><p>STATE SENATE RACES: Unofficial results</p><ul><li>District 14 (Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta Counties): With 14 out of 24 precincts reporting, Stan Cooper, the Republican incumbent, leads John Vincent Love 1,881 to 329.</li><li>District 8 (Laramie County): Incumbent Democrat Floyd Esquibel beat Republican Curtis Albrecht 1,816 to 1,681.</li><li>District 28 (Natrona County): Republican Jim Andersen beat Democrat Kim Holloway 4,560 to 2,462.<br></li></ul><p>STATE HOUSE RACES: Unofficial results</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:56:27 +0000 Willow Belden 32453 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Results for Wyoming Legislative Races Contested County Commission Races in 2012 General Election http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/contested-county-commission-races-2012-general-election <p>Update: 11:31 pm</p><p>Albany County:<br>With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, Democrat Tim Sullivan beats Republican Shelley Towler, 5794 to 4910 to for the open seat on the Albany County Board of Commissioners.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Natrona County:&nbsp;<br>With 46 out of 46 precincts reporting, Republicans Forrest Chadwick and Matt Keating are ahead of the pack for two seats on the Natrona County Board of Commissioners. They have 14,648 and 14,146 votes respectively. Independent Keith B. Goodenough is in third place is 10,468.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:49:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32452 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ballot Issues by County in 2012 General Election http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ballot-issues-county-2012-general-election <p>In addition to voting on candidates this general election, voters were asked to decide on three Constitutional Amendments and, in most counties, on local proposals for sales taxes and development projects.</p><p>Here's the breakdown of the ballot questions.</p><p>Albany:</p><p>- Authorize property tax not exceeding 1/2 mill on the dollar of assessed valuation of all taxable property in Albany County for planning, developing and providing regional transportation?</p><p>- Authorize 1/4 penny sales tax to benefit Laramie Economic Development Corporation? FAILED</p><p>Big Horn:</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:28:31 +0000 Irina Zhorov 32451 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton County runs low on ballots http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-county-runs-low-ballots <p></p><p></p><p>Voter turnout in Teton County has been much higher than expected. So high that one poll has already run out of ballots.&nbsp;</p><p>Teton County Clerk Sherry Daigle&nbsp;says she stocked the polls with enough ballots to accommodate 105-percent of registered voters there. But by mid-afternoon, at least half of all precincts were getting ready to open – or had already dug into – their last pack of 100 ballots.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:33:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32443 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton County runs low on ballots