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.

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Group plans $100 million project to remake science at UWYO

October 23, 2014

A task force is nearing completion on a $100 M “Science Initiative” plan to remake the teaching of science at the University of Wyoming.

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Guide to 2014 Wyoming general election debates and voting

October 13, 2014

PBS hosts 2014 Wyoming general election debates October 13 and October 15-16. Absentee voting is underway, and Election Day is November 4.

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Eastern Shoshone protest Arapaho withdrawal from Council

October 1, 2014

The Eastern Shoshone Business Council says it will not go along with the process proposed by the Northern Arapaho to replace the Joint Business Council.

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Gosar challenges Gov. Mead to five live-streamed debates, Mead declines

September 4, 2014

Democratic candidate for Governor Pete Gosar has proposed a series of live streamed debates across Wyoming that will take questions from the public.

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Who bankrolls Wyoming’s top-funded primary candidates?

August 19, 2014

For many of the top-funded candidates, self-financing played a major role in amassing campaign cash.

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Wyoming GOP debates for Governor and Treasurer analyzed

August 12, 2014

In yesterday’s televised debate for the GOP primary for governor, viewers saw a mixture of the anti-federal impulses within the state’s Republican party.

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GOP candidates for Wyoming governor & treasurer debate on PBS

August 12, 2014

Gov. Matt Mead and Treasurer Mark Gordon faced off against their GOP primary challengers in a live debate that aired on Wyoming PBS August 11.

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Eleven primary races that could change Wyoming politics

August 5, 2014

Several key primary races could change the direction of Wyoming politics.

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GOP rifts show in Wyoming House primary races

July 15, 2014

The 2014 Wyoming House primary races highlight tensions between incumbent Republicans and far-right members of the GOP.

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Top races to follow in Wyoming Senate primaries

July 10, 2014

On August 19, voters will decide contested Wyoming Senate primaries that pit moderates and conservatives against ultra-conservatives.

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Senator John Schiffer remembered for service to Wyoming

June 19, 2014

Former Senate President John Schiffer of Kaycee died June 19, 2014. He was known for his moderate views and formidable debating skills.

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Wyoming unemployment rate drops as population grows

May 20, 2014

As the state population grows, the Wyoming unemployment rate has dropped to levels not seen since before the 2008 recession, and the new jobs aren’t …

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Groups push for elected Wyoming State Board of Education

April 24, 2014

Wyoming Liberty Group and Citizens Against the Common Core want members of the Wyoming State Board of education to be elected, rather than appointed.

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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.

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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 …