During this week's presidential debate, President Obama challenged Mitt Romney’s assertion that oil drilling on public lands was down by 14 percent. Almost as soon as they cleared the stage, a flurry of fact-checking revealed that while the rate did drop in one year—mostly due to the moratorium on drilling after the BP oil spill—drilling has increased on public lands during Obama’s tenure.
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.”
A push by the conservative arm of the Republican party mostly fizzled in last night’s primary election. Most incumbents won their elections and will advance to the general election.
Senator Charles Scott of Casper survived the race with perhaps the highest profile in defeating veteran Representative Bob Brechtel. Scott says his ability to hash out differences with constituents during the campaign helped, along with the fact that voters were familiar with him. He says the contest told him that there is no need to change his approach.
U-S Senator John Barrasso easily won his primary election last night and will face Albany County Commissioner Tim Chestnut in the upcoming general election. One of the issues that will be debated will be the inability of Congress to work together. But Barrasso says that’s been over stated.
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Three Wyoming Republicans are facing off in next week’s primary election to become the G-O-P nominee for Senate District 28 in Casper.
Senator Kit Jennings is the incumbent and he is being challenged by Physician Tom Radosevich and retired businessman Jim Anderson. Anderson favors local control in most instances, including economic development. He wants the state to focus on helping what he calls Wyoming’s core industries.
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.
Democratic Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut says he will run for the U.S. Senate.
The 47-year-old Laramie resident admitted his chances of victory were small. But Chesnut hopes his campaign will help shift the political climate away from the hyperpartisanship seen today and encourage politicians to find middle ground.
Chesnut will face perennial office-seeker Al Hamburg, a retired painter from Torrington, in the August Democratic U.S. Senate primary.