local legislators effective

By Jim Stanford on February 15, 2011

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Roscoe's district combines Wilson environmentalists with Sublette County ranchers and gas drillers.

Not all the news coming out of Cheyenne this legislative session is depressing.

Rep. Jim Roscoe, D-Wilson, succeeded last week in getting the House to approve his bill that would construct a natural gas filling station for vehicles along Interstate 80 and require the Wyoming Department of Transportation to retrofit its fleet to operate on natural gas. Other agencies of state government also could use the facility.

House Bill 235 passed final reading on a 33-26 vote and awaits debate in the Senate, where the Transportation and Highways Committee first will take up the measure.

“I’m a firm believer in natural gas as a transportation fuel,” says Roscoe, whose district encompasses gas fields in Sublette County. “It’s a whole lot cleaner, a whole lot better for the air.”

Implementing the bill would cost about $1 million initially, but that investment would be recouped in about five years because of reduced fuel costs, Roscoe says. The measure also would expand the market for Wyoming’s natural gas.

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election post-mortem

By Jim Stanford on November 5, 2010

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As much as I looked forward to hearing Matt Mead at the Rotary forum last month, he lost me at "Obamacare."

Step back from the edge. On a whole, the election results weren’t as bad as they could have been. Voters saw through what one friend described as a “fog of irrationality” to elect good candidates locally. The county, another friend said, will continue to have “cohesive, responsive, logical leadership.”

Nationally, Democrats still control the Senate by essentially a 53-47 margin, with 51 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party. No matter what wacko legislation comes out of the Republican-led House, the Senate will cool the wilder impulses.

How now, Tea Partiers? Ye wingnuts who have railed against government woke up this week to find out, guess what, you ARE the government! That means you bear the responsibility for getting things done, not just ranting angrily. Odds are these “outsiders” become just like everyone else elected to Washington, feel voters’ wrath and get tossed out next election.

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politics and pizza

By Jim Stanford on October 20, 2010

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View of the capacity crowd as mayoral candidates Franz Camenzind and Mark Barron debate. Photo by David Gonzales.

Tonight is the Political Pizza Party at Betty Rock, a crash course for anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming local election. There will be candidates for Teton County commissioner, Jackson mayor and Wyoming House of Representatives District 16, in addition to live music, pizza specials and BYOB.

The Rise Up tab at the top of this page contains information about the various offices. It’s incredibly easy to vote in Wyoming; anyone may register at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 2, or (for those heading out of town this fall) when filling out an absentee ballot at the Teton County clerk’s office, downstairs at 200 S. Willow St. (corner of Willow and Simpson). As a sage Teton County politician often reminds, You need to have lived here only a minute to vote.

KHOL has audio of the mayoral debate posted for streaming.

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the debate is on

By Jim Stanford on October 6, 2010

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Legislative candidates Ruth Ann Petroff and Len Carlman will debate on KHOL tonight and at Betty Rock on Oct. 20.

Tonight Jackson Hole Community Radio hosts the first in a series of “fireside chat” political debates, featuring Len Carlman and Ruth Ann Petroff, candidates for Wyoming House of Representatives. The savvy political strategist April Hankey and I will be moderating. The show runs from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at 89.1 FM and will be rebroadcast tomorrow from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Got a question we ought to zing the candidates with? Leave it in the comments section below, or e-mail politics@jhcr.org.

The series continues on KHOL at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 with Wyoming Senate candidates Leland Christensen and Tom Frisbie and culminates with a forum Oct. 20 at Betty Rock. The “Political Pizza Party” will feature mayoral candidates Franz Camenzind and Mark Barron and the five candidates for Teton County commissioner. Len and Ruth Ann will be back for round two, and there will be music by Screen Door Porch and Pete Muldoon and Friends.

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which primary should we vote in?

By Jim Stanford on August 17, 2010

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Liberals voting in the GOP primary is "precisely what the right wing fears the most," says Capt. Bob.

Today is primary election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may register at the polls; you need to have lived here only a minute to vote. Click here to find your polling place.

What’s at stake? The governor’s race, for starters. There’s an important contest for Wyoming Legislature. And the fate of 11 specific purpose tax projects hangs in the balance, including $1 million for improvement of the Wilson and South Park access points on the Snake River.

Adding intrigue is the possibility that many Democratic-leaning voters may switch party registration (temporarily, likely) to participate in the Republican primary, where more races are contested. This used to happen in Teton County all the time, before Dick Cheney made the GOP so toxic and sent voters to the Democratic rolls in droves.

The biggest champion of this strategy, of course, is Capt. Bob Morris, who again is seeking the Republican nomination for Teton County commissioner. “Joining a party does not strengthen it; neither does it signify your allegiance for it,” he says on his Facebook page. “One joins whichever party has the more significant primary — even if that is the party which is the more contemptible.”

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