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.
National Republican leaders are doing some soul searching after suffering losses in November. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on what Wyoming Republican lawmakers think of the new effort.
MATT LASLO: The Republican National Committee says the GOP has a problem with women and minority voters. In assessing the parties lackluster showing in 20-12, party leaders introduced a 219 point proposal to help soften the party’s image, including doing better outreach in communities that are traditionally Democratic strongholds.
A former State Representative, an attorney, a two-time candidate for State Auditor and a State Committeewoman have all expressed interest in filling the remaining term of State Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died earlier this month.
Ed Prosser, Bruce Brown, Clark Stith and Janet Anderson have all told Wyoming Republican officials that they’re interested in the job. GOP Chairman Tammy Hooper says it’s a good list.
“I think everyone that’s applied have a professional degree, have the education, have worked in campaigns or have run statewide races themselves,” Hooper said.
The Wyoming Republican Party paid the Internal Revenue Service $12,490 in penalties and interest for lapses in paperwork. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ryZygE ) the amount paid is noted on a GOP account balance sheet dated Nov. 10.
GOP Chairwoman Tammy Hooper says missing paperwork from 2008 included W-2s and forms necessary to maintain the party's status as a nonprofit political organization.