The Republican Party in Wyoming is undergoing changes; moderate Republicans have to battle more conservative members from their own party. Sometimes that’s during an election, but other battles occur in committee rooms and on the legislative floor. University of Wyoming History Professor, Phil Roberts, says the influx of ultra-right ideals is coming from Southern Republicans. "I for the life of me can't figure out why the Wyoming republican party is allowing itself to get run over the by southern republicans, but that's what's happening in the congress everyday that happens in the congress, and everyday it's filtering in Wyoming. Because Wyoming has never had a tradition of social conservatism, of religious conservatism, that's alien to WY." Roberts says Democrats in the state have been moving to the right in response to the shift, as well. He adds that’s a bad long-term strategy for the Democrats.
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.”
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.”