Next week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the U-S, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington on Wyoming Senator John Barrasso's role in the ongoing debate.
A review of state legislative work shows that 37 states are led by one party, and that has led to changes in many state laws across country. The report was published by Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Editor Sandy Johnson says having majorities in legislative bodies helps pass a lot of legislation, from pro-marijuana laws in more Democratic States to loosening gun laws in more Republican states like Wyoming. Johnson says that it’s led to other changes as well.
Governor Matt Mead says the Republican Central Committee acted too hastily when it approved a resolution endorsing a petition drive to repeal the state law that removed powers from State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Several members of the committee also wanted three Republican legislators who were instrumental in passing the law to leave the party. Mead says a court challenge to the law will be heard by the Supreme Court and the Wyoming Attorney General’s office is also concluding an investigation into how the Department was run in Superintendent Hill’s first two years in office.
National Republican leaders are doing some soul searching after suffering losses in November. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on what Wyoming Republican lawmakers think of the new effort.
MATT LASLO: The Republican National Committee says the GOP has a problem with women and minority voters. In assessing the parties lackluster showing in 20-12, party leaders introduced a 219 point proposal to help soften the party’s image, including doing better outreach in communities that are traditionally Democratic strongholds.
A former State Representative, an attorney, a two-time candidate for State Auditor and a State Committeewoman have all expressed interest in filling the remaining term of State Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died earlier this month.
Ed Prosser, Bruce Brown, Clark Stith and Janet Anderson have all told Wyoming Republican officials that they’re interested in the job. GOP Chairman Tammy Hooper says it’s a good list.
“I think everyone that’s applied have a professional degree, have the education, have worked in campaigns or have run statewide races themselves,” Hooper said.
The Wyoming Republican Party paid the Internal Revenue Service $12,490 in penalties and interest for lapses in paperwork. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ryZygE ) the amount paid is noted on a GOP account balance sheet dated Nov. 10.
GOP Chairwoman Tammy Hooper says missing paperwork from 2008 included W-2s and forms necessary to maintain the party's status as a nonprofit political organization.