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Balow pens coloring book about first female schools chief

Balow pens coloring book about first female schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. — Superintendent of public instruction candidate Jillian Balow is handing out a new piece of campaign literature: a children’s coloring book about the nation’s first female superintendent of public instruction.

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Mead enjoys commanding lead in poll

Mead enjoys commanding lead in poll

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican Gov. Matt Mead has a 25-point lead over Democrat Pete Gosar in the Wyoming gubernatorial race, according to a new poll commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune.

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Dozens rally in Casper for same-sex marriage

Dozens rally in Casper for same-sex marriage

CASPER, Wyo. — Gay Wyomingites and their supporters rallied in downtown Casper on Wednesday, one day ahead of a federal court hearing that could decide the fate of same-sex marriage in the state.

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50 Wyoming business owners voice gay marriage support

50 Wyoming business owners voice gay marriage support

CASPER, Wyo. — More than 50 business leaders around Wyoming are publicly supporting same-sex marriage in Wyoming.

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Gay marriage advocates hope for quick court resolution

Gay marriage advocates hope for quick court resolution

CASPER, Wyo. — Plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage case in federal court hope U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl will decide quickly, perhaps even at the close of Thursday’s hearing, that the nuptials are a right in Wyoming.

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Wyoming senate hopefuls knock Enzi on campaign contributions

Wyoming senate hopefuls knock Enzi on campaign contributions

RIVERTON, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi’s three opponents used a televised debate Monday to criticize the Republican incumbent for corporate contributions made to his campaign.

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U.S. House candidates debate endangered species, wolves

U.S. House candidates debate endangered species, wolves

RIVERTON — While U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis said in a Monday evening debate that the Endangered Species Act needs to be reformed, her Constitution Party challenger, Daniel Clyde Cummings, believes the act should be repealed.

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Candidates face off at Riverton debates

Candidates face off at Riverton debates

CASPER, Wyo. — The candidates for governor and superintendent of public instruction will debate one last time before the Nov. 4 election.

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Mead says suits against feds fight protect lifestyle, economy

Mead says suits against feds fight protect lifestyle, economy

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming, with some 30 lawsuits involving the federal government, is decidedly on a path of litigating for control of the state’s natural resources.

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Candidates disagree on pot, wage gap, wolves

Candidates disagree on pot, wage gap, wolves

CASPER, Wyo. — From legalizing medical marijuana to women’s wages and hunting wolves, the four candidates running for governor fielded wide-ranging questions in Thursday’s debate at Casper College about issues that affect Wyoming.

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Governor, superintendent debates Thursday night in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday for gubernatorial and superintendent of public instruction candidate debates at Casper College.

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Mead says Supreme Court move has no impact on Wyoming's gay marriage case

Mead says Supreme Court move has no impact on Wyoming's gay marriage case

CASPER, Wyo. — County clerks in Wyoming did not begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to gay nuptials in five states.

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Laramie Co. Court asked to immediately rule on gay marriage licenses

CASPER, Wyo. — A legal team representing Wyoming’s gay community filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday afternoon in Cheyenne — the second legal action in the past two days — to legalize same-sex marriage in Wyoming.

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Mead says Supreme Court move has no impact on Wyoming's gay marriage case

Mead says Supreme Court move has no impact on Wyoming's gay marriage case

CASPER, Wyo. — County clerks in Wyoming did not begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to gay nuptials in five states.

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Gubernatorial candidate: No advantages to moving his company to Wyoming

Gubernatorial candidate: No advantages to moving his company to Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Independent candidate for Wyoming governor Don Wills owns a successful company, Produce Pro Software, with 80 employees at its headquarters in the Chicago suburbs and in satellite offices across the country.

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Wyoming's perennial candidate, Al Hamburg, dies

Wyoming's perennial candidate, Al Hamburg, dies

CASPER, Wyo. — His obituary ran eight words, short and understated for a colorful character who regularly wrote letters to the editor to Wyoming newspapers, who was Wyoming’s perennial candidate for decades.

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Wyoming governor candidate wants wolf hunt despite federal order

Wyoming governor candidate wants wolf hunt despite federal order

CASPER, Wyo. — Independent gubernatorial candidate Don Wills called on Republican Gov. Matt Mead, one of his opponents on Nov. 4, to allow Wyoming’s 2014 trophy wolf hunt to proceed as originally planned, in defiance of a federal judge’s order that returned wolves to federal protection.

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Mead says 2 debates enough for voters

Mead says 2 debates enough for voters

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican Gov. Matt Mead said in a monthly news conference that he declined Democratic challenger Pete Gosar’s proposal for five more debates because voters will have opportunities in other debates to differentiate among the candidates.

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Docs link corporate donors' access to Republican Governors Association

Docs link corporate donors' access to Republican Governors Association

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead says average Wyomingites get more access to him than corporations.

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Gosar accuses Mead of lack of leadership on Game and Fish

CASPER, Wyo. — Pete Gosar, a Democrat challenging Gov. Matt Mead, blamed the incumbent Republican for recent cuts to the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish, saying they’re harmful to tourism and the state’s outdoors culture.

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Analysis: Wyoming gas prices didn't jump 10 cents after tax increase

CASPER, Wyo. — Although an analysis shows that Wyoming gas and diesel prices haven’t jumped 10 cents a gallon since last year’s tax increase, some gubernatorial candidates still hands-down oppose the tax.

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Wyoming wage gap narrows slightly; state now second to last

CASPER, Wyo. — A study of new U.S. Census data shows that Wyoming’s gender wage gap, which last year was the largest in the country, has closed slightly, moving the state up one spot on the list.

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LGBT group plans Wyoming office to fight for nondiscrimination protections

CASPER, Wyo. — The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization, is hiring a full-time Wyoming employee who will work with state and local governments on nondiscrimination protections.

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Study: Gay marriage could boost Wyoming economy by $2.4M

CASPER, Wyo. — Legalizing gay marriage would boost Wyoming’s economy by millions of dollars, a new study concludes.

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Committee studies driver's license law for ag workers

CASPER, Wyo. — Employees of Rep. David Northrup have to get new driver’s licenses to haul produce during harvest season, about six weeks a year.

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Bill would eliminate civil asset forfeiture in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will sponsor a bill in the 2015 session that would prohibit law enforcement and prosecutors from seizing property unless the owner has been convicted of a crime.

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Independent Wills enters race for Wyoming governor

CASPER, Wyo. — Don Wills, a 64-year-old resident of Pine Bluffs and owner of a software company, has launched a campaign for Wyoming governor as an independent.

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Cars sales by unlicensed dealers are down this year

Cars sales by unlicensed dealers are down this year

RIVERTON — The number of cars sold by unlicensed dealers in Wyoming is down compared to last year.

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Debate doubleheader scheduled: Governor, state superintendent candidates agree to forum in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead and Democratic challenger Pete Gosar have agreed to debate in Casper ahead of the general election.

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Controversial book on Matthew Shepard's death to receive award

Controversial book on Matthew Shepard's death to receive award

CASPER — The Wyoming State Historical Society will honor a controversial book about Matthew Shepard that claims he was killed in a drug deal gone wrong instead of the conventional belief that he was killed because he was gay — a move that’s raising some eyebrows.

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Lawmakers to debate ending death penalty

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will discuss next week whether to sponsor a bill in the 2015 session that would abolish the death penalty.

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Wyoming GOP, Dems strategize based on county advantages

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming might be deeply Republican, but campaigns on both sides of the partisan divide see plenty of shades of GOP red -- shades that affect how they campaign.

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Conservative wing of GOP can count losses, gains

CASPER, Wyo. — Former U.S. Sen. Al Simspon, having thrived in the opulence of the U.S. Capitol and the ivory towers of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, was elected Tuesday to a new position – one that sometimes meets in the basement of Big Horn Federal Savings Bank.

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Candidate and groups TV ad expenditures top $69,000

CASPER, Wyo. -- Candidates and interest groups spent at least $69,463 on commercials on Wyoming television during the recent primary, from programs ranging from "General Hospital” and “Dr. Phil” to “Face the Nation.”

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Voters at Rock Springs church got wrong ballots

CASPER, Wyo. — Voters in two precincts in Rock Springs received the wrong primary ballots for at least seven hours Tuesday, said Dale Davis, Sweetwater County clerk.

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Absentee voting closes, primary polls open in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — More than 19,000 Wyomingites voted ahead of Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primaries, which winnow down each party’s list of candidates for the Nov. 4 general election.

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Campaign finance reports: Mead contributes $0 in re-election bid

Campaign finance reports: Mead contributes $0 in re-election bid

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead, a Republican seeking re-election, hasn’t contributed a penny of his own money to his campaign this year, a striking difference from four years ago, when he funded $1.2 million of a nearly $2 million campaign, new records show.

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Candidates support claims, make more arguments in debate fact check

Candidates support claims, make more arguments in debate fact check

CASPER, Wyo. — From Common Core educational standards to militias, the Wyoming GOP gubernatorial candidates made plenty of claims during Monday night’s debate at Central Wyoming College.

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Berry, Krone meet in GOP primary for House District 24

CASPER, Wyo. — Bob Berry, a candidate for House District 24 and a founder of the Big Horn Basin TEA Party, and incumbent Rep. Sam Krone, R-Cody, agree the Republican Party is splintered, but for different reasons.

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Unique strategy: Hill, Lain hit campaign trail together

 CASPER, Wyo. -- Not far from many of gubernatorial candidate Cindy Hill's red campaign signs stands a blue sign endorsing her co-worker Sheryl Lain for the top schools job in the state.

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Secretary of state candidate Buchanan also late on biz filing

Secretary of state candidate Buchanan also late on biz filing

CASPER, Wyo. — The business of Torrington attorney and Republican Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Buchanan was dissolved in 2010 and reinstated two years later by the business division of the office he’s running for, records state.

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Candidates, committees disclose info as campaign finance deadline looms

Candidates, committees disclose info as campaign finance deadline looms

House Majority Floor Leader Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, has raised $1,050 from political action committees prior to the Aug. 19 primary, according to records he filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.

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Four Democrats running for U.S. Senate

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming’s Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate said they are running because they are common, working people.

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Conservative columnist endorses Hill, Lain, Hooley

Conservative columnist endorses Hill, Lain, Hooley

CASPER, Wyo. — Conservative syndicated columnist and author Michelle Malkin endorsed Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill for governor on Tuesday.

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Rival criticizes candidate Ed Murray for business filing delinquencies

Rival criticizes candidate Ed Murray for business filing delinquencies

CASPER, Wyo. — Pete Illoway criticized political rival Ed Murray on Monday for being the registered agent for four companies that received 20 delinquency notices for not filing timely annual reports with the office they both desire — Wyoming secretary of state.

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The Nuge, Tea Partiers rally against Obama

The Nuge, Tea Partiers rally against Obama

EMBLEM Wyo. — Just 17 days before the Wyoming primary, rocker and controversial conservative pundit Ted Nugent and a former Fox News military analyst revved up a Tea Party crowd Saturday afternoon with calls for President Barack Obama’s impeachment and pleas for people to vote.

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Heat follows Enzi for delaying, blocking ambassador votes

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator is under fire for his actions during the approval of a handful of diplomats to hot spots throughout the world, such as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, before a scheduled five-week recess.

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Basin TEA Party picnic features candidates, Nugent

CASPER, Wyo. - The Big Horn Basin TEA Party’s annual picnic Saturday will feature rocker and controversial pundit Ted Nugent.

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Candidates clarify, check statements following gubernatorial debate

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican gubernatorial candidates Gov. Matt Mead, Taylor Haynes and Cindy Hill and Democratic candidate Pete Gosar dropped facts and numbers Tuesday during the Wyoming League of Women Voters debate in Cheyenne.

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Haynes' campaign director quits

Haynes' campaign director quits

CASPER, Wyo. — Ernest Cummings, who ran the campaign of Wyoming GOP gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes for about a month, said Monday he left the campaign.

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