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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday forcefully pushed back against President Trump's campaign message that voters wouldn't be safe under a Biden administration.

"The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now he's trying to scare America," Biden said in remarks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Biden called Trump power hungry and lambasted the president for what Biden sees as a lack of moral leadership — a common refrain from the former vice president on the campaign trail.

Nate Hegyi, rural reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, is embarking on a 900-mile cycling trip crisscrossing the continental divide in August and September, interviewing and listening to Americans ahead of the 2020 election. 

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President Trump on Thursday accepted the Republican nomination for the 2020 race against Democrat Joe Biden in a speech that harshly criticized his opponent's record, railed against "cancel culture" and repeatedly invoked a sinister image of a "socialist agenda."

RNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 27

Aug 27, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of Day 4 of the Republican National Convention. President Trump caps off the week with his address.

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RNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Aug 26, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. Vice President Pence headlines the night.

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RNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 25

Aug 25, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. First lady Melania Trump headlines the night.

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RNC Live Coverage: Monday, Aug. 24

Aug 24, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Republican National Convention. On Monday, the party is formally nominating President Trump as its presidential nominee.

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What are your thoughts on voting by mail?

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his leadership of the Postal Service on Friday and sought to reassure senators that his agency would be able to deliver the nation's election mail "securely and on time," calling it a "sacred duty."

"There has been no changes in any policies with regard to the election mail for the 2020 election," he said.

DNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 20

Aug 20, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking Thursday night.

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DNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Aug 19, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday's speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.

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Kanye West is trying to get on Wyoming's presidential ballot as an independent candidate for this November's General Election.

According to the Wyoming Secretary of State's office, the rapper and designer filed the official paperwork late Monday night. On Tuesday, there were reports of people trying to gather signatures for West throughout the state.

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Some notable legislators lost their seats in last night's Wyoming Primary, many were targets of a conservative arm of the Republican Party. 

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Former Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is one step closer to returning to Washington. Lummis won the Republican Senate primary and will face Democrat Merav Ben-David in the General Election.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. But that right came much earlier in the Mountain West. 


DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton.

A U.S. Postal Service employee faces jail time after allegedly throwing out critical immigration documents.


DNC Live Coverage: Monday, Aug. 17

Aug 17, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Monday's speakers include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama.

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Tuesday, August 18 is Wyoming's primary election, and while there is a race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, more interesting races surround the attempt by the conservative arm of the state Republican party to gain power in the legislature. Nick Reynolds of the Casper Star Tribune joined Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck to discuss this.

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What do you think of Joe Biden's VP pick, Kamala Harris?

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, made their first joint appearance Wednesday following Biden's announcement of the selection a day earlier.

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Several policies that affect the west and the energy landscape here are back in the news, including proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Bureau of Land Management Waste Prevention Rule, and the Great American Outdoors Act.

On August 4, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. On July 29, three coalitions of environmental groups filed lawsuits challenging the final NEPA regulations. On July 29, the EPA made changes to how coal ash will be treated, including extending a deadline for discarding the waste in unlined ponds. On July 23, EPA the Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding hoping to boost production of uranium.

Hana Vizcarra, staff attorney at Harvard Law School's Environmental & Energy Law Program, spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper Mckim about why so much action is happening right now.

New leadership is cutting costs at the U.S. Postal Service in a way that's backing up mail around the country, and many are concerned that could impact mail-in ballots ahead of the election on November 3. In the Mountain West, how your ballot could be affected depends on where you live.


Democrats are pushing to turn the Senate blue this November, needing just four more seats to gain control of the chamber. Two key races are in the Mountain West.


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In the next several days, Wyoming Public Radio will be chatting with some of the folks seeking Wyoming Congressional seats. We begin the series by speaking with Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Robert Short.

Mr. Short is a Converse County Commissioner, an entrepreneur, and a businessman whose worked in areas such as energy, agriculture and tourism. We begin the conversation discussing energy and some of the things that need to be done to help Wyoming's industry get through tough times.

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In Wyoming history, only 119 women have won legislative races. Since about half of the state is made up of women, it means they seriously lack representation. It's an issue that has been discussed for years, though little gets done.

Susan Simpson

The legal right to vote doesn't always translate to the ability to vote. 

There can be barriers to the polls, says Susan Simpson, the president of the League of Women Voters of Wyoming. That's a nonpartisan organization that provides information on political candidates and works for higher participation in the political process. Simpson talked with Wyoming Public Radio's Erin Jones about how Wyoming measures up when it comes to voting access.

As the United States prepares for a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, a new national survey finds that most Americans support making it easier to vote by mail in November.

 


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The Equality State Policy Center wants the 2020 elections to be safe and widely accessible.

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The 2020 candidate filing period for Wyoming is officially open. And with that, Wyoming's Secretary of State Ed Buchanan has also launched a campaign to keep voters informed and safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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