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Bob Beck

Over the last several years a number of right leaning activist groups have gotten themselves heavily involved in Republican politics in the state. WyWatch was a group that pushed anti-abortion and family value legislation and Wyoming Gun Owners pushed for expanded gun rights. But the group with perhaps the biggest impact is the Wyoming Liberty Group. When it started in 2008 the Wyoming Liberty Group saw itself as a conservative government think tank that expressed concern over what they saw...

Cynthia Lummis

Environmentalists around the West are looking hard at what a Trump administration means for issues like wildlife conservation and federal land takeovers. National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara said, on the campaign trail, Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Junior, both expressed disapproval for the idea of putting federal lands in state control. “I mean, Mr. Trump himself in different interviews talked about keeping public lands public and not selling them off. So we’re...

Matt Micheli

Wyoming U.S. House Representative Cynthia Lummis is rumored to be on the short list for Secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration and the Wyoming Republican Party is doing what it can to make that happen. State party chairman Matt Micheli said at this point it’s just a matter of trying to put in a good word in Washington. “You know the transition team is assembled and there are people on the transition team that I know well," he said. "We can raise our hand and say ‘hey.'” Micheli...

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso will take on a new leadership role in the next Congress, as chair of the Environment and Public Works committee. The committee has oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency, among other things. Barrasso’s office declined to outline what his priorities will be as chair, but he has been a strong critic of Obama administration environmental regulations and he could use his gavel to focus on repealing those regulations. He takes over the position from Oklahoma...

Stephanie Joyce

Coal country is celebrating Donald Trump’s election victory. Support for Trump was strong from Appalachia to Wyoming, and people have high hopes he can reverse coal’s recent downturn. But can he? Like most of his co-workers, Jeremy Murphy listened to the election results on the radio in his pickup truck as he worked the overnight shift at the country’s largest coal mine, in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. “The two-way radios at work were really quiet,” he said. “Really, really quiet.” But when...

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University of Wyoming Political Scientist Jim King joins us to talk more about the Trump Presidency. There’s lot of speculation about how Trump will operate now that he’s president-elect. King joins Bob Beck to discuss that and what some Wyoming residents said before the election.

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Donald Trump promised sweeping reforms to the energy industry during the campaign. He vowed to bring back coal jobs, boost domestic oil and gas production, back out of international climate change agreements and gut the Environmental Protection Agency. Essentially, he vowed to undo most of what the Obama administration has done in the last eight years, and take the country in the opposite direction on energy and climate. Now, Trump is the president-elect. Wyoming Public Radio’s energy...

After some losses in Tuesday’s election, the Wyoming State Legislature’s Democratic count is down from 13 to 12. However, there were a couple of victories over Republican incumbents, like Debbie Bovee’s defeat of Gerald Gay in Casper. Wyoming Democratic Party Chairwoman Ana Cupril says Democrats were hoping to gain more seats in the legislature. One of the party’s major losses includes the defeat of five-time incumbent Mary Throne, who recently served as the House Minority Floor Leader....

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It was a good election night for the Republican Party, not just nationally, but in Wyoming as well. The party added a seat in both the state house and senate and elected Liz Cheney to replace Cynthia Lummis in the U.S. House. GOP party chairman Matt Micheli said they also added new faces and a bit more diversity. “Affie Ellis and Tara Nethercott are two new people coming to the state senate, but I think both are going to be outstanding legislators and leaders of this state.” Both Ellis and...

Wyoming State Legislature

There will be fewer women serving in Wyoming's legislature after Tuesday's election. A large number of women ran for seats in the state house and senate, 37 total. But only 10 won their races. Currently, Wyoming has the lowest representation of women in its legislature in the country, with just 12 women currently in office. Cathy Connolly, the House District 13 representative, said she is at a loss for why the state ended up losing female representatives. “You know to tell you the truth I don...

Bouchard

Republican Anthony Bouchard beat Independent Kym Zwonitzer in the race for Senate District 6 by about 300 votes. The seat represents rural Laramie and Goshen Counties. Zwonitzer entered the race after her husband David lost in the Republican primary. Bouchard leads a gun rights organization and calls himself a fiscal conservative. He says the state must reduce its spending. “I think the biggest problem that we have had since the time that I have been watching the legislature very closely, is...

Wyoming State Legislature

Republican challenger Jared Olsen beat Democratic incumbent Mary Throne in House District 11 of Laramie County. It was a close race, with Olsen winning by only 63 votes. Representative Throne’s loss came despite raising more than $34,000, a remarkably high amount for a local race in Wyoming. It’s also remarkable considering she’s served five terms, most recently as the House Minority Floor Leader. Jared Olsen has never held elected office, but that didn’t keep him from challenging a five-term...

Brett Neilson

Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard interviews News Director Bob Beck about what the outcomes of several key races mean for Wyoming.

Marian Orr

Marian Orr has been elected to be Cheyenne’s next Mayor. Orr won Cheyenne’s hotly contested mayoral race with 56 percent of the vote. Throughout her campaign, she said she was focused on repairing infrastructure in the city, especially roads, and improving the city’s police force. Now she said it will be a matter of moving funds around. “Really we don’t prioritize our roads,” said Orr. “We actually spend sometimes more on parks and recreation than public infrastructure, and so I believe what...

Ryan Greene

Democrat Ryan Greene has conceded the race for Wyoming's lone U.S. house to Liz Cheney. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Cheney has taken 62 percent of the vote while Greene took 30. Greene said he wishes Cheney the best of luck going forward but offered her some advice. “Well, you know, vote for Wyoming, not for the party,” Greene said. “Our issues are not reflective of one party. Always, always keep the Wyoming people in mind, regardless of the party. Do what’s best for the state.”...

Liz Cheney

The daughter of a former Vice President is Wyoming’s new Congressman. Liz Cheney easily defeated Ryan Greene to win the same seat that was once held by her father Dick. Cheney had been accused of being a carpet bagger after moving to the state to run for federal office. But her strong views about abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency and against a number of Obama administration policies gained her support. Cheney says it was a message many wanted to hear. “People are very concerned...

Caroline Ballard

As voters cast their ballots this Election Day in the first race to feature a major-party female candidate for President, some Laramie residents gathered to honor the first female voter. In 1870, Wyoming became the first state to give women the right to vote. Laramie resident Louisa Swain was the first woman to exercise that right. Around 50 voters gathered at the statue of Swain in Laramie Tuesday to pay their respects and to voice support for female candidates, including presidential...

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Three of Wyoming’s Supreme Court justices and seventeen District and Circuit Court Judges in the state are up for retention on Tuesday’s ballot. Voters will decide whether or not to keep Supreme Court justices Keith Kautz, Kate Fox, and William Hill. In this year’s Wyoming State Bar Judicial Advisory Poll - a survey of the state’s attorneys that ranks the judges up for retention in an election year - 90 percent of attorneys favored retaining Fox and Kautz, and 82 percent favored retaining...

Volunteers Work To Get Out The Vote On Wind River Indian Reservation

Nov 4, 2016
Matthew Copeland and Scott Christy

Wyoming’s Native American community is more affected by government decisions than perhaps any other group in the state. Yet, low voter engagement among those affiliated with the Wind River Indian Reservation continues to frustrate tribal leaders. The Wind River Native Advocacy Center — a nonprofit that works to empower Native Americans in Wyoming — has launched an ambitious new program aimed at getting out the native vote in Fremont County. Micah Lott is spearheading the organization’s “Every...

WyoFile

Campaign finances have started to look different in Wyoming this election season. An unprecedented amount of money is being spent, often times in smaller, local races, and sometimes that money is being spent anonymously. Andrew Graham, a journalist with WyoFile , has written an extensive series on the changing reality of money and Wyoming politics. He told Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen about some of the changes that have happened since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Surprises In Oil And Gas Campaign Spending

Nov 4, 2016
Jordan Wirfs-Brock / Inside Energy

This chart shows oil/gas and coal company contributions to presidential candidate committees. It includes contributions from company PACs as well as individuals employed by the companies who donated at least $200. While coal interests have retained their strong preference for Republican presidential candidates, oil and gas interests have shifted their spending to Clinton in the general election. With a month to go before the election, oil and gas interests had spent roughly the same amount on...

Brett Neilson

Jackson resident says a state system that flags voters as potential non-citizens may be intimidating some U.S. citizens, who have the legal right to vote. Jackson's Gina Valencia became a U.S. citizen in 2010. That November she registered to vote in her first U.S. election and then voted in five elections. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has a copy of her U.S. passport on file as proof of her citizenship. But this year, she received a letter from the Teton County Clerk saying she had...

Mayoral candidates Marian Orr and Amy Surdam were friends for a couple of years. Then, they each learned the other was seeking to become Cheyenne’s next mayor. Marian Orr said they decided to meet up. “We had coffee,” said Orr. “I knew that she was considering, and I wanted to be very upfront with her that I was considering the race, as well.” Amy Surdam remembered the meeting, as well. “And I just said OK let’s just be sure that we get to the other side and can be friends, number one. And...

Cheyenne’s two mayoral candidates have raised nearly $50,000 over the course of their campaigns, according to new filings with the Laramie County clerk's office. Amy Surdam, who is running on a platform of improving amenities in Cheyenne, raised more than $30,000, largely during the primary race. Of that, $3,500 came from political action committees, including the Cheyenne PAC, Federated Firefighters of Wyoming PAC and the Wyoming Realtors PAC. Candidate Marian Orr, who has vowed to fix...

Forward Wyoming

Two organizations the Wyoming Republican party alleged violated campaign finance laws sent official responses to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office. The Wyoming GOP said that mailers sent by Forward Wyoming Advocacy were actually paid for by a progressive political consulting firm, but not marked as such. But the Executive Director of Forward Wyoming Advocacy, Sydney Stein said in a press release that while her organization contracts with ELLA Wyoming for data management and web design,...

Wikipedia

The Wyoming Republican Party has filed two complaints with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office, alleging certain mailers broke campaign finance laws. The two complaints were filed on October 20 and 25, and refer to two separate mailers sent to Wyoming residents earlier this month, which expressed support for Democratic candidates in legislative races around the state. The first complaint alleged that mailers sent by Women Lead Wyoming were actually paid for by ELLA WY—a Laramie-based...

Marian Orr, Amy Surdam

The Cheyenne mayoral race is heating up as it heads into its final weeks before Election Day. It’s a historic race, as two women vie to become the city’s first female mayor. After advancing from the primaries, candidate Amy Surdam got pushback from her opponent Marian Orr after she called them both girls instead of women. Reporter James Chilton, who is covering the race for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle , said other than that incident, gender has actually played a small role in the race. “It’s...

Pete Souza - Official White House Photo

With President Obama heading out of office soon, Wyoming lawmakers fear he’s preparing a slew of executive orders that could hurt the western economy. The president has already done executive actions on everything from the energy policy to immigration. Some have been upheld by the courts, while others have been struck down. But court cases take years, and that has Republicans like Wyoming Senator John Barrasso worried that Obama is going to use his pen on the way out of office. “The White...

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Wyoming voters will be asked to support a Constitutional Amendment this November that will change the way the state treasurer can manage Wyoming’s rainy day accounts and endowments. Called Constitutional Amendment A, it will allow the state treasurer to invest that money in the equities market and the expectation is that it will help grow those funds. Some are concerned that this could put funds at risk, but State Treasurer Mark Gordon says the amendment would allow the Treasurer to manage...

Lawrence Struempf

Larry Struempf is hoping to shock the world. The Laramie Libertarian is hoping to win the nod to become Wyoming’s next congressman. Struempf is a Wyoming native who has worked in the field of computer information systems for many years. He is running on a platform of less government and more civil liberties. He joins us to discuss some of the issues.

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