A review of state legislative work shows that 37 states are led by one party, and that has led to changes in many state laws across country. The report was published by Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Editor Sandy Johnson says having majorities in legislative bodies helps pass a lot of legislation, from pro-marijuana laws in more Democratic States to loosening gun laws in more Republican states like Wyoming. Johnson says that it’s led to other changes as well.
In Albany County, Republican Phil Nicholas is the incumbent for Senate District 10, but will need to win a primary election if he wants to return to the state legislature. Nicholas is in line to become the Senate majority floor leader if he wins his re-election. His Republican primary opponent is Anne Alexander, who’s an economics professor at University of Wyoming.
Analysts predict that the Supreme Court’s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act will strengthen President Barack Obama’s position for reelection this November. Obama’s critics had charged that the healthcare law was unconstitutional, but, the court’s ruling now effectively removes that line of argument.
Jim King is a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming. He says Republicans will continue criticizing the content of the law, but will most likely use the healthcare act as a means of energizing voters.
Wyoming will have six political parties on the ballot this year, which is more than in any election since the 1930s.
State Election Director Peggy Nighswonger says minor parties often try to get on the ballot in presidential election years, but they often fail to get the required number of signatures from registered voters. She says this year, they’re more organized.