A report by consultants hired by the Legislature gives the Wyoming Department of Education poor marks in implementing state education reforms.
The report says the agency has failed in some of its responsibilities and hindered other entities involved in the state's initiative to better prepare its public school students for college and careers.
The report blames much of the agency's failings on loss of too many key personnel in the last two years.
At last night’s congressional debate, four out of five candidates for Wyoming’s U.S. House seat said climate change is not a concern.
The three third-party candidates all said they don’t believe that human activities contribute to global warming. Constitution party candidate Daniel Cummings said he thinks the earth is warming because of a natural sun cycle.
“So those who want to put a cap on global warming have got to find a way to turn down the sun,” Cummings said.
During tonight’s Congressional debate, Democrat Chris Henrichsen attacked Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis for losing hundreds of millions of dollars of Abandoned Mine Lands money that were destined for Wyoming.
Coal-producing states receive AML funds in order to pay for mine reclamation, but Wyoming used a portion of the money for buildings, infrastructure and other projects. This fall, Congress voted to severely limit the amount the Cowboy State gets.
Henrichsen says Lummis failed in her duties because she failed to stop the measure.
This November, incumbent US House representative Cynthia Lummis will defend her seat against a democrat and three third-party candidates. Among them, physician Daniel Cummings, Constitution Party candidate and owner of a family practice in Casper, Wyoming. If elected to the US house, he says he would do his part to stop any increased spending, which he believes could eventually create a state of national violence and collapse.
Wyoming US Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says she supports a plan to completely reform Medicare. Lummis was speaking during an interview that will air this week on Open Spaces. The Republican says she is a supporter of Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare. Lummis says it is wrong to call the effort a cut. She argues that the main part of the reform that she likes is that the healthiest and wealthiest recipients of Medicare will pay more into the system. Lummis says getting a handle on Medicare is critical if the federal budget is going to be balanced. “Medi
Wyoming delegates to the Democratic National Convention say they are getting re-invigorated about a number of issues ranging from equality to health care.
Laramie Businesswoman and former Mayor Jodi Guerin says the discussions she’s heard about the Affordable Care Act have her more enthusiastic about the law. She notes that Republicans keep saying they want to retool the law, but she doubts their sincerity.
A University of Wyoming history professor is dropping his bid to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.
Phil Roberts says there is no room in this year's Senate race for him because in order to be successful he would need support from a number of Republicans. But as his petition drive to gather signatures progressed, it became clear that most of his support was coming from Democrats and independents.
Roberts was a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998 and lost the primary to John Vinich, who then lost the general election.
Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso continues to hope that the U-S Supreme Court will toss out the entire Affordable Care Act and force Congress to develop a new health care overhaul.
If that happened, some popular programs– including the ability for children to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26 – would go away. During an appearance on FOX News, Barrasso said that would be part of any new legislation.
An orthopedic surgeon who has risen quickly to become one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the U.S. Senate is officially seeking his first full term in office. Sen. John Barrasso kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne by saying Wyomingites want the federal government to leave them alone. Democratic Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed Barrasso in 2007 after the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. Barrasso since has risen to chairman of the Senate Republican
The Casper Democrat running against Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is a political newcomer who says he wants to represent the interests of working families.
Chris Henrichsen is a 35-year-old political science instructor at Casper College. He filed paperwork on Thursday declaring his candidacy to run against Lummis.
Lummis announced on Monday that she's seeking a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A Republican, she served earlier as Wyoming treasurer and in the state Legislature.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis has announced her bid for a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House.
Lummis was first elected to the House in 2008. She easily won re-election in 2010, defeating Democrat David Wendt with more than 70 percent of the vote.
So far, two candidates have announced plans to challenge Lummis this year. Casper College political science instructor Chris Henrichsen is running as a Democrat, and former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy announced he will run as an independent.
Wyoming lawmakers are considering further reforms to the state’s pension system. This year, the legislature lowered pension benefits for new employees and changed the way cost-of-living adjustments are made.
But Cheyenne Representative Bryan Pedersen says he is convinced that even with the changes, Wyoming won’t have e
“This will at best float us three to five years. It’s a band-aid that will kick the can further down the road. And that’s with the plan fully performing at the eight percent estimated average annual return.”
Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis urged the U-S House Natural Resources Committee not to allow the two-percent royalty rate for soda ash to increase six percent, as is being proposed by the Obama Administration. Lummis told the committee Thursday that the two percent royalty rate has helped the industry.
Wyoming lawmakers are sitting on pins and needles as the Supreme Court takes up the health care law this week. Democrats passed the law, and Republicans despise it and are resting their political fortunes on overturning it.
MARCH 6: SUPER TUESDAY Ten states will hold Republican contests on Tuesday, March 6th. Wyoming Public Radio and NPR will offer special coverage from 7--8 PM. Our coverage will feature candidate speeches, news maker interviews, and expert analysis from NPR Contributors E.J. Dionne (The Washington Post) and Matthew Continetti (The Weekly Standard). We’ll also hear from NPR’s Mara Liasson and Ron Elving.
The Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a new legislative redistricting plan Friday. It makes subtle changes across the state,and House members voted to accept a plan that also keeps Senators Curt Meier and Wayne Johnson from being combined into one Senate seat.
Representative Pete Illoway oversaw the House effort and he admits he has mixed emotions about what they did to preserve the Senate seats.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says it is doubtful that his office will propose legislation for the 2012 session on how the state should handle Juvenile offenders. Some reports have claimed that Wyoming incarcerates more Juveniles than any other state. Governor Mead says his office is trying to verify that information and is closely looking at good practices that are taking place in some of the counties in the state. Mead says it has been a difficult issue to resolve, but he does want to find a solution.