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A Jackson Republican is running a campaign on putting Wyoming first as he tries to upset incumbent U.S. Senator John Barrasso. Dave Dodson had intended to run as an Independent, because of his concerns about the current state of Republican Party. But he decided to stick with his roots and run as a Republican. 

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Sheridan’s Bill Dahlin is a long time distance runner who’s competed in two Boston Marathons and who’s completed several ultra-marathons. He’s hoping to use that mental toughness he’s developed over the years and put it towards running the state as Wyoming’s next governor. The Republican tells Bob Beck that his goal is to diversify the state economy and one of his ideas surrounds hemp.

Separate bills are active in Congress to alternately strengthen or weaken the law used to create national monuments.

Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

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Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has been a leading player in his party’s years-long effort to repeal and replace so-called Obamacare, but the GOP has failed to deliver.

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Doctor Taylor Haynes is running for governor as a conservative and a constitutionalist. He’s a Cheyenne urologist, a rancher, and has served on a number of boards and commissions including several years as a University of Wyoming Trustee. Recently his residency in Wyoming has been challenged and those charges came after this interview was conducted, so it will not be part of this discussion. 

At Thursday’s Montana rally, President Donald Trump repeatedly called Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” Montana is home to eight tribal nations and more than 60,000 Native Americans.  

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Rod Miller has worked as a cowboy and on the staffs of Governor Ed Herschler and Mike Sullivan, was a small businessman, and became a ranch manager. Now, he wants to become a member of Congress and is challenging Representative Liz Cheney in the Republican primary. Miller is a colorful candidate but is very serious about this election. He joins Bob Beck where they begin talking about what to do about immigration.

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This month babies being ripped away from their parents dominated the immigration debate in Washington, but Wyoming lawmakers are hoping the conversation can turn to the state’s need for guest workers.

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—

including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.


 


The Executive Committee of the Teton County Republican Party says it’s formally supporting a Jackson ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

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Aftab Khan and his family have lived in the Gillette area for over a hundred years, and a few years back the family opened a mosque there. Bret Colvin started a Facebook page called Stop Islam In Gillette and, after the mosque opened, he knocked on the door during services while a large number of people rallied behind him, some of them armed. The event was covered extensively in the local and the international news. Quickly, the online rhetoric between them grew ugly. 

But until now, they’ve never met in person.

A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known for his opposition to shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon is looking for a promotion. Gordon is among those who are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has been voting on a slew of opioid-related bills–and they’re not done. The plan is to take up more than 30. Some deal with ensuring old pills are easily and safely disposed of, while others try to ensure the government has the best data on the crisis. Still, others seek to prevent drugs from flowing in through the nation’s many points of entry–whether the southern or northern borders or via a plane or ships.

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Cheyenne businessman Sam Galeotos is running as a Republican candidate for governor. He says he’s running because he’s worried about Wyoming’s future. Galeotos is a Wyoming native who sits on the board for Green House Data in Cheyenne.

Earlier in life, he left Cheyenne and had success in the online travel industry. He tells Bob Beck that he’s very interested in growing new businesses in Wyoming. 

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Cheyenne Attorney, Campbell County native and former State Representative Mary Throne says she is running for governor to hopefully change Wyoming’s thinking when it comes to the economy.

She says Wyoming can continue to have a thriving energy economy and not be a boom and bust state. Throne tells Bob Beck that lawmakers have made the boom and bust a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It's officially Hemp History Week. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes the “full growth potential of the industrial hemp industry.” But at the state level, real progress for the hemp industry is still all over the map.

Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt made a quiet visit to Boise Tuesday, to sign a new agreement between his agency and the state of Idaho.

 


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Jackson Resident Foster Friess is a highly successful businessman, investor, and philanthropist. After watching the state struggle financially over the last few years he has decided to enter the Republican primary race for governor. 

A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers kicked off an anti-gerrymandering campaign this month. They want to take redistricting decisions out of the hands of state legislators and put it into the hands of twelve voters.

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Wyoming Attorney Harriet Hageman is seeking the Republican Nomination for Governor. Hageman was raised on a ranch in Goshen county and is the daughter of former State Representative Jim Hageman.

She is one of the top private property rights and water rights attorneys in the nation and hopes to bring that background to the governor’s office where she hopes to fight a number of federal regulations and restore power to the state. Hageman tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that regulation reform will save citizens a lot of money.

Former State Representative Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary in Idaho’s gubernatorial race. If Jordan wins in November, she’d become the first woman governor of Idaho and the first Native American governor in the country.


The governors of neighboring Western states shared a stage Tuesday to talk about energy. Utah Republican Gary Herbert and Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper agreed about many issues — until they were asked afterward about the Trump administration. That's when it became clear they have contrasting views on how the federal government is listening to the states.

Former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan and U.S Ambassador to Ireland talks civility in politics and how a Democratic governor can serve two terms as governor in a Republican state. Sullivan was a key participant in the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland and named the 2016 Citizen of the West.


W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and host of the hit Emmy Award-nominated CNN docu-series, United Shades of America. W. Kamau Bell talks about his life work as a political comedian and what that means for him personally and professionally.

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Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso helped craft a sweeping bipartisan bill that could go a long way to deal with Wyoming water issues.

A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report on Tuesday confirming that Russians hacked U.S. elections in 2016. It outlined what states could do better. It turns out our region is actually not doing too bad a job.


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Democrat Gary Trauner announced earlier this year that he is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator John Barrasso. Trauner lost two previous bids for federal office losing in U.S. House races to Barbara Cubin and Cynthia Lummis. 

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