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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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”.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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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.
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.
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.