Laramie, Wy – Former U-S congressional candidate Gary Trauner says another run for office is not out of the question. The Democrat from Teton County lost the race for Wyoming's U.S. Representative seat last year by a razor-thin margin to incumbent Barbara Cubin. And Trauner says he's not quite recovered from the defeat. Trauner says he's been mulling his public service options these days and keeping up with his business consulting.
Cheyenne, WY – The state legislature has finished its time in Cheyenne, but lawmakers will soon be starting work on proposals for the future. But, the President of the Senate John Schiffer says next year he wants lawmakers to focus on the budget and urgent needs. He says part of the reason for that is the growing complexity of Wyoming's budget. Schiffer says leadership will ask lawmakers to study the future of Interstate 80 and how to improve the quality of education in the state. But, he says those projects might take a couple of years.
Laramie, Wy – The top educator in Wyoming sent off his recommendations for how to improve the federal No Child Left Behind Law today. Congress is getting ready to rework the law and State Superintendent Jim McBride came up with several proposed improvements. One idea he has is to change the student tests. McBride says he wants an exam that measures the growth of a child, rather than if they meet a definition of proficient. He says the current way of doing things is one size fits all. McBride would also like it if the law was more flexible when dealing with small schools.
Laramie, Wy – A legislative interim committee may review proposed changes in the state's lobbyist disclosure laws this year. The Joint Interim Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions has included the lobbyist disclosure review into interim work. The committee will review information from the League of Women Voters and the Equality State Policy Center which requested the lobbyist disclosure study.