WyoFile’s Capitol Beat is a special project to cover the Wyoming Legislature, state politics, and state institutions. WyoFile reporter Gregory Nickerson will bring you periodic articles and updates throughout the year, with a special focus on covering the legislative session each winter. Quick updates on the legislative session will also be posted on our Legislature Blog, and all our legislative feature stories are available on our Legislative Features page.

At several points throughout the session Gregory Nickerson will be a guest commentator on Wyoming PBS. You can follow his coverage using the twitter handles @GregNickersonWY or @WyoFile, or email him at greg@wyofile.com.

If you’d like to weigh in on the legislative debate, see WyoFile’s guide to contacting your legislators for ways to make your voice heard in the 2014 session.

Capitol Beat Wyoming Elections 2014

Al Simpson feuds with Tea Party over Wyoming GOP

April 10, 2014

Letters between former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson and the Big Horn Basin Tea Party underscore tensions between factions of Wyoming’s Republican Party.

Capitol Beat Wyoming Elections 2014

Slate of candidates for Wyoming elections starting to fill up

April 1, 2014

Candidates for Wyoming’s 2014 elections are announcing their intent to run ahead of the filing period that begins on May 15.

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Gov. Mead vetoes 10 line items on 2014 budget bill

March 6, 2014

Gov. Matt Mead vetoed ten items in the 2015-2016 budget bill. The Senate and House chose not to vote to override any of the vetoes.

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Wyoming legislature tackles ‘most important step’ of budget session

February 26, 2014

The conference committee on the budget has a significant amount of power to change the course of Wyoming’s $3.5 billion in General Fund spending.

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Wyoming lawmakers pass 74 budget bill amendments, more to come

February 20, 2014

In a marathon debate session on February 19, Wyoming’s legislature considered 142 amendments during the second reading of the budget bill.

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House speaker Lubnau introduces measure similar to ALEC model bill

February 13, 2014

Rep. Tom Lubnau (R-Gillette) and Rep. David Miller introduced House Bill 27 that borrows language from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Dead bills pile up in Budget Session boneyard

February 12, 2014

Dead bills pile up in Budget Session boneyard
By Gregory Nickerson
— February 12, 2014
In Wyoming’s short 20-day budget session bills must receive a two-thirds vote to …

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Chief Justice Kite comments on overturning Senate File 104

February 10, 2014

Wyoming’s Chief Justice spoke to the legislature about the state Supreme Court’s recent decision that the “Cindy Hill Bill” is unconstitutional.

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Lawmakers propose funding Wyoming employee retirement contributions

January 28, 2014

The Joint Appropriations Committee approved a plan for the state to pay into Wyoming’s pension fund, rather than put the cost on public employees.

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Trustees discuss making Dick McGinity University of Wyoming president

January 15, 2014

University of Wyoming trustees will meet January 16-18 in Laramie to consider the idea of offering interim president Dick McGinity a multi-year contract.

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House committee gathers testimony for Cindy Hill investigation

January 5, 2014

The hearing will question witnesses under oath about Hill’s leadership of the Department of Education.

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Email shows trustee pushed for Wyoming law school task force

December 17, 2013

The idea for a task force to advise the College of Law came to former University of Wyoming president Sternberg from trustee David Palmerlee.

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Report: Liz Cheney income is nearly $1M since 2012

November 20, 2013

Liz Cheney’s financial disclosure form lists more than $920,000 in income for 2012-2013, while Sen. Mike Enzi earned a $174,000 annual salary in both years.

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Gov. Mead wants $16M for Wyoming broadband expansion

November 12, 2013

Gov. Mead pledges to support a $16 million effort to rebuild a state network and improve high-speed Internet access for the private sector.

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Students and faculty question spate of resignations at University of Wyoming

November 5, 2013

A series of resignations among University of Wyoming leadership has led faculty and students to question President Sternberg about the changes.

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CREG reports record 2013 revenue for Wyoming, but flat projections

October 25, 2013

Wyoming brought in $346M in investment income in 2013. Revenue estimators predict the state will have flat to declining income over the next few years.

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Wyoming delegation splits votes on ending shutdown, debt ceiling lift

October 19, 2013

Sen. Mike Enzi and Rep. Cynthia Lummis voted against the bill that reopened the federal government, while Sen. John Barrasso supported it.

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Mead revisits salary raises for UW & state as revenue climbs

September 27, 2013

Wyoming legislators rebuffed Gov. Matt Mead’s call for salary raises last year. With revenue climbing, they’ll be his #1 priority for the next session.

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Enzi, Cheney lockstep in opposition to Obama’s “war on coal”

September 24, 2013

Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney both oppose new EPA restrictions on CO2 emissions from power plants, saying they are part of Obama’s “war on coal.”

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Amid leadership changes, Sternberg wants University of Wyoming to be No. 1

September 2, 2013

Following the departure of the provost and several deans, President Sternberg is asserting his vision educating ethical leaders at the University of Wyoming.