Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately. Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate. While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains. The problem started back in 1991.
Former State Representative Matilda Hansen fondly remembers her days as a Democratic Lawmaker. When she entered the House in 1975 she had a lot of friends in the room.
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.
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.
The Chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party says the country will soon be facing a battle over things that most thought were settled in America. Chuck Herz took the opportunity of Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's visit to the state to attack Romney's lean to the right of the Republican Party and took after other Republican hopefuls as well. Herz says many of the proposals by Republicans concern him.