Elections

Elections
5:32 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Clark County voters report problems at the polls

Voters have reported problems at polls in Park County, which opened at 7 a.m today.

David Koch of Big Horn News Network says poll workers told him that several ballot machines in Cody had not been programmed when the polls were opened.

First Deputy County Clerk Mike DeMoney of Park County tells Wyoming Public Radio that’s not true, but that a few of the machines had been mistakenly programmed to an incompatible setting. DeMoney says the problem was fixed by 7:30 a.m.

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4:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

High early voting numbers could mean strong turnout tomorrow


State officials are expecting strong voter turnout tomorrow.

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Elections
9:47 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Questions Surround Constitutional Amendment A

Cheyenne ER
Credit Bob Beck

A Constitutional Amendment designed to keep the federal government from deciding what health care Wyoming residents can receive has some uneasy. 

Constitutional Amendment A gives rights to Wyoming citizens and the state over health care decisions, but some worry about a provision that gives the legislature power to determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on someone’s health care rights. 

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Elections
9:07 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NPR/WPR Election Coverage

NPR and Wyoming Public Radio bring you Election coverage beginning Tuesday at 6pm (MTN) following All Things Considered. We'll closely follow the Presidential election as well as results from  Congressional, Senate, and Gubernatorial races.   Wyoming Public Radio will provide coverage of state and local races.


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Elections
5:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Judges Push For Passage Of Constitutional Amendment C

District Court Judges across the state are urging voters to vote yes on proposed Constitutional Amendment C. 

The Amendment would clarify what tasks a District Court Commissioner can perform.  A court commissioner is an acting judge who can handle a variety of tasks for a judge that range from taking depositions to holding Juvenile hearings. 

District Court Judge Jeff Donnell said that caseloads have grown over the years and Judges are spending more time on the bench and District Court Commissioners can help with a number of tasks.

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Elections
6:17 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Chesnut speaks out against "War on Drugs"

A Democrat US Senate candidate says the nation needs to stop its war on drugs.  

Tim Chesnut says the country spends too much money on the effort and should instead try to see the benefits of legalizing some drugs like Marijuana.  Chesnut says such a legalization effort could raise revenue.

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Elections
6:13 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

US Senate candidates talk Medicare

Two candidates for US Senate agree that something needs to be done to assure the affordability of Medicare long-term. 

Democrat Tim Chesnut suggests raising the caps on Medicare.  He says those who make more than 250-thousand dollars need to pay more into the system. 

Republican Senator John Barrasso favors revamping Medicare for those under the age of 55.

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Elections
5:56 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Voter Mobilization Targets Native Voters

Voter mobilization efforts on the Wind River Indian Reservation are targeting young, Native residents to vote in the general election on November sixth.

Voter initiatives on Wind River Indian Reservation include free rides to polling places on Election Day, hanging information leaflets on residents’ doorknobs about where and how to vote, and a celebratory feast for participants. Event Coordinator Jolene Catron says that the last time there was such an effort on the reservation, the number of voters almost doubled.

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Elections
5:52 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Candidates Differ On The EPA

Two U-S Senate candidates differ on the role of the environmental protection agency.  Senator John Barrasso says the E-P-A has hurt Wyoming’s energy industry and has developed unfair regulations that have harmed the coal industry.              

You know I think what the EPA has done for 40 years has made remarkable progress, but now we are at a point, at this point I believe they are failing America by the impact that they are having on so many energy jobs because of regulations coming out of Washington.”

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4:21 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Laramie residents boycott local restaurants, accuse franchise owner of voter-intimidation

Some Laramie residents have organized to boycott businesses owned by Tim Woodward, a local restaurant franchise owner.

Last week, Woodward and his brother Rob – the Woodwards operate franchises in Wyoming and Colorado – wrote an open letter in the Laramie Boomerang, saying they told employees that if President Obama is re-elected and the Affordable Care Act stands, he will be forced to cut hours and benefits to employees.

Will Welch, an administrator for the Facebook group “Say No to Voter Intimidation Food”, called the letter “craven and unnecessary”.

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Elections
9:25 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Country Party Candidate Goes After Republicans Who Spend

A year and a half ago, Don Wills helped to form a new political party in Wyoming, called the Country Party. Today, he is challenging Representative Cynthia Lummis for her seat in the US House.

A business owner in the computer industry,  Wills says his aim is to challenge what he calls liberal, progressive Republicans, and to raise the new party’s conservative profile.  He says there are two main parts of his agenda—the first: the deficit.

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Elections
10:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Rhetoric or Reality: Do the candidates differ on energy?

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. 

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Elections
3:01 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Voting begins in Wyoming

Early voting in Wyoming begins Thursday.  Since 1991, the state has allowed absentee voting without an excuse. 

People may register and in many instances they may vote in person at the County Courthouse or they can take their ballot home and return it.  State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says it’s very popular.

“People that are thinking they may be out of town, shift workers who it’s hard for them to get to the polls, the elderly, it’s just a convenience for a lot of people.”

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3:18 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Wyoming Public Radio and NPR bring you live coverage from the Republican and Democratic Conventions

Tues through Thursday nights from 6 to 9pm

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12:07 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Most incumbents survived challenges in Wyo Legislative races

A push by the conservative arm of the Republican party mostly fizzled in last night’s primary election.  Most incumbents won their elections and will advance to the general election. 

Senator Charles Scott of Casper survived the race with perhaps the highest profile in defeating veteran Representative Bob Brechtel.  Scott says his ability to hash out differences with constituents during the campaign helped, along with the fact that voters were familiar with him.  He says the contest told him that there is no need to change his approach.               

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12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Democrat Tim Chestnut will face Senator John Barrasso

U-S Senator John Barrasso easily won his primary election last night and will face Albany County Commissioner Tim Chestnut in the upcoming general election.  One of the issues that will be debated will be the inability of Congress to work together.  But Barrasso says that’s been over stated.               

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Elections
6:31 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wyoming Public Radio will have primary election coverage

Join us for 2012 primary election coverage Tuesday night.  We will provide updates on our website, have on-air results of key raises at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm and provide coverage on twitter.  We will use the hash tag #Wyvote.

Elections
7:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Legislative races should drive voter turnout

Wyoming’s primary election is Tuesday/today and despite the fact that there is not a high-profile federal or statewide candidate on the ballot, the State elections Director predicts a solid turnout. 

Peggy Nighswonger  says there is interest in a different set of races this year.       

“I think there will be a lot of interest in the legislative races.  We have 15 legislative races where the incumbent is not going to be running. 

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4:39 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Two veteran lawmakers will face off in a Casper Senate primary

State Senator Charles Scott of Casper is facing a challenge from veteran Representative Bob Brechtel.  The two are competing in the Senate District 30 Republican Primary.

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Elections
5:18 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

3 Republicans battle in the Senate District 28 primary in Casper

Three Wyoming Republicans are facing off in next week’s primary election to become the G-O-P nominee for Senate District 28 in Casper. 

Senator Kit Jennings is the incumbent and he is being challenged by Physician Tom Radosevich and retired businessman Jim Anderson.  Anderson favors local control in most instances, including economic development.  He wants the state to focus on helping what he calls Wyoming’s core industries.

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6:31 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Bleming, a soldier of fortune from Lusk, seeks Barrasso’s seat

Sen. John Barrasso faces two Republican opponents in next week’s primary election. One of them is Thomas Bleming of Lusk.

Bleming is a former soldier of fortune and says what most sets him apart from the incumbent is that he opposes the Patriot Act, which Barrasso voted for.

Bleming says to balance the federal government, he would make sweeping cuts.

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5:27 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Nicholas and Alexander face off in primary for Albany County seat

In Albany County, Republican Phil Nicholas is the incumbent for Senate District 10, but will need to win a primary election if he wants to return to the state legislature.  Nicholas is in line to become the Senate majority floor leader if he wins his re-election.  His Republican primary opponent is Anne Alexander, who’s an economics professor at University of Wyoming.

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6:13 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Albany County Commissioner to run for U.S. Senate

Democratic Albany County Commissioner Tim
Chesnut says he will run for the U.S. Senate.

The 47-year-old Laramie resident admitted his chances of victory
were small. But Chesnut hopes his campaign will help shift the
political climate away from the hyperpartisanship seen today and
encourage politicians to find middle ground.

Chesnut will face perennial office-seeker Al Hamburg, a retired
painter from Torrington, in the August Democratic U.S. Senate
primary.

Elections
5:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Americans Elect gains spot on Wyoming ballot

A group trying to mount a novel third-party presidential campaign has gained a spot on the Wyoming general election ballot.

Secretary of State Max Maxfield announced Monday that the Americans Elect party gathered enough signatures of registered voters in the state to be added to the November ballot.

Americans Elect needed 3,740 signatures to gain ballot access as a provisional party. The organization submitted more than 7,000 signatures.

The Republican and Democratic parties will be listed on both the primary and general election ballots.

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6:29 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Sublette And Goshen Counties Hold Precinct Caucuses Thursday

Registered Republicans will be able to vote in precinct caucuses tomorrow/Thursday in both Sublette and Goshen counties.

Bob Rule is state committeeman for Sublette County. He says precinct caucuses are important because they serve as the entry point for political participation.

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5:28 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Crook County Kicks Off Election Season In Wyoming

Crook County Republicans will be the first in the state to weigh in on the presidential election this weekend when precincts caucus at the courthouse in Sundance.

Crook County Committeeman Bruce Brown says registered Republican voters will meet to talk about platforms and resolutions that will be forwarded to the County and State Conventions in March.

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