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Wyoming Democratic Party unionizes

The Wyoming Democratic Party staff is unionizing as a part of the IBEW Local 415 union.   Workers handed in their union cards Saturday to Joe Barbuto, the chair of the party, and he voluntarily recognized the union.   “A big part of it is walking the walk,” said Lindsey Hanlon, the deputy communications director and a Read More…

Gordon, Lummis to fundraise for South Dakota’s Noem

The fundraiser, coordinated by Michigan-based Republican consultants the Templar Baker Group, features former candidates for the Wyoming statehouse, agriculture leaders and other high-profile political figures. It comes as Noem has been floated as a potential candidate for the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination for president. A representative for Gordon said Noem’s campaign approached him initially, asking Gordon whether he would Read More…

Death of former House Majority Leader David Lust stuns South Dakota political world

A longtime South Dakota lawmaker and former House majority leader died unexpectedly Friday, prompting tributes from state political leaders from around the state. David Lust died during the overnight hours Friday morning of a suspected heart attack, his law office confirmed to the Argus Leader. Lust was a partner at the Rapid City firm Gunderson, Read More…

Wyoming GOP official asked congressmen for help ousting Cheney

Breaking with the longstanding norm of intraparty candidate neutrality, a Wyoming Republican Party official asked members of Congress for help vetting potential challengers to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in next year’s Republican primary. According to emails obtained by WyoFile, Wyoming Republican Party Revenue Committee Chairman Jeff Wallack contacted staffers for Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Read More…

Governor plans to expand outdoor opportunities, address overcrowding at Wyoming State Parks

(Cheyenne, WY) –  Governor Mark Gordon has announced that up to $6.5 million of remaining CARES Act funds will be used to fund capacity expansion at Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites. This will expand opportunities for people to spend time outside in the state, boost tourism and address overcrowding caused by COVID-19. The funds will Read More…

South Dakota governor slams Biden over fireworks plans: ‘What a hypocrite’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) blasted President Biden on Tuesday, accusing him of being a “hypocrite” for planning Fourth of July celebrations at the White House after her plans to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore were denied. “What a hypocrite. President @JoeBiden wants “a summer of freedom” where we “mark independence from the virus by celebrating with Read More…

North Dakota Enacts Price Transparency Law

On April 27, 2021, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed House Bill 1032 into law, making North Dakota the latest state to enact drug price transparency measures. The North Dakota law has three main disclosure requirements applicable to drug manufacturers: (1) quarterly Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) reporting, (2) disclosure of certain information upon a drug price Read More…

Democrat announces candidacy for Idaho governor

NAMPA, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Transgender Democrat Melissa Sue Robinson announced on Tuesday her candidacy for governor of Idaho. Robinson says she’s running to help save the educational system in Idaho and fight fascism that has been “brought forward by Lt Governor, Janice McGeachin, Rep. Barbara Ehardt, The Idaho Freedom Foundation, Wayne Hoffman, and other far-right-wing Republicans.” Read More…

Gordon and Lummis support Wyoming’s rise in digital finance

CHEYENNE — Governor Mark Gordon and Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) welcomed news that the Federal Reserve has announced the opening of a comment period for proposed “Account Access Guidelines for the Reserve Banks.” In a press release, Gordon and Lummis said this is “a critical step towards approval of Wyoming-chartered special purpose depository institutions (SPDIs).” READ FULL STORY

Gov. Kristi Noem’s new PAC paves way to fundraise, spread influence

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has formed a federal political action committee, indicating her growing fundraising prowess and national ambitions. The Republican has insisted she is focused on getting reelected as governor next year, but her nationwide fundraising network has fueled speculation she could be eyeing a 2024 presidential bid. Last week, her campaign registered a Read More…

Ammon Bundy files election paperwork for Idaho’s governor race, though he’s not a registered Idaho voter…

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office indicating he intends to run for governor in 2021, writes Idaho Press reporter Ryan Suppe. The Secretary of State’s campaign finance portal shows Bundy’s name, with a Republican party affiliation. His treasurer appointment filing is dated May 21; he sought to Read More…

What Voters in Wyoming Say About Liz Cheney’s Lonely Stand

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On a prairie hill on the rolling highway into Wyoming’s capital city looms a billboard with the beaming face of the state’s lone congressional representative, Liz Cheney. In huge letters it declares: “Thank you Rep. Cheney for defending the Constitution.” Some local Republicans see Cheney’s lonesome stand against former President Donald Trump’s Read More…

Balow Says No To Teaching Critical Race Theory in Wyoming Classrooms

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is pushing back against proposed federal priorities for schools to teach the theory that racism is an ingrained part of American life. The U.S. Department of Education recently proposed priorities for American history and civics education grant programs which include encouraging districts to use curriculum related to the Read More…

Former Wyoming state senator arrested for soliciting prostitution

A former Wyoming state senator has been arrested in Sweetwater County for soliciting prostitution, jail records show. John Hastert, who served in the Wyoming Legislature from 2003 to 2019, was booked into the Sweetwater County Detention Center Thursday, according to the detention center’s inmate roster. He faces charges of soliciting prostitution and interfering with a peace Read More…

Wyoming’s congressional delegation not impressed with President Biden’s joint address

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wyoming News Now) – Wyoming’s congressional delegation is responding to President Biden’s Join Address Wednesday evening. In statements from all three of Wyoming’s delegates, none were impressed. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney responded by calling the speech, and Biden’s actions, disappointing. Her statement is below: “The policies President Biden has advanced in his first Read More…

Idaho Gov. Little vetos 2 bills that would trim governor’s emergency powers

BOISE, Idaho — On Friday afternoon, all of Idaho’s living governors showed a united front behind Gov. Brad Little vetoing two bills that would trim an Idaho governor’s powers during an emergency while expanding the legislature’s.   In a brief press conference, Gov. Little was joined by former Republican Idaho governors C.L. “Butch” Otter and Read More…

CHENEY ON BIDEN’S AFGHANISTAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL: ‘WARS DON’T END WHEN ONE SIDE ABANDONS THE FIGHT’

President Biden has announced that the United States will fully withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, which is, of course, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack that rocked the United States in 2001, leaving hundreds dead and a nation in mourning. Though the Trump administration reached a deal with the Taliban to complete Read More…