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.
Hill will run as a Republican. 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.
A Democratic candidate for governor says he is running because he says Governor Matt Mead hasn’t provided the leadership the state needs. Pete Gosar says Mead has been playing politics with many of his decisions.
“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.”
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.
A Cheyenne businessman is the fifth Republican to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State. Ed Murray owns a real estate and investment company and wants to use his business experience to update the office of Secretary of State. Among his goals are to make the position more business friendly.
Two former legislators have announced that they will seek the Republican nomination to become Wyoming's Secretary of State. Incumbent Max Maxfield is not seeking re-election.
Former House Corporations Committee Chairman Pete Illoway says he actually considered running for the office several years ago. His committee worked closely with the Secretary of State to modernize the post. Illoway wants to continue making it business friendly.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead made it official, he is running for re-election. In his announcement Mead said that he has helped enhance Wyoming’s business climate and has been successful fighting the federal government. He noted that when he took office the feds were not releasing coal leases.
Wyoming Democrat Mike Ceballos has announced he’ll be running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ceballos is a business man without direct experience in education, but he’s been involved in various education foundations and sits on several education-related boards. He says his skill-set is appropriate for the job.
Cheyenne-native and retired priest Charlie Hardy has announced his bid to run in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against incumbent Senator Mike Enzi. Hardy says he feels compelled to run because he wants to bring some of Wyoming’s values—like cooperation and respect—out to Washington. He says his opponent hasn’t done such a good job of representing Wyoming’s values.
“He is a very nice person, very pleasant person,” he says. “But if you look at the voting record, I think there’s been some voting that hasn’t been very nice and hasn’t really served the people of Wyoming.”
The Northern Arapaho general tribal election, which was supposed to take place today, has been postponed to December.
First, the tribe will conduct a new primary later this month. The original primary election’s results have been voided because Arapaho Business Council members said one candidate, Kim Harja, should not have been on the ballot. Harja is supposed to sit out until 2016 because she was previously dismissed from the Council.
During this week's presidential debate, President Obama challenged Mitt Romney’s assertion that oil drilling on public lands was down by 14 percent. Almost as soon as they cleared the stage, a flurry of fact-checking revealed that while the rate did drop in one year—mostly due to the moratorium on drilling after the BP oil spill—drilling has increased on public lands during Obama’s tenure.