Mark Gordon

Gov. Mark Gordon talks at an event in April in Casper. Gordon has asked his agency heads to find potential cost savings in their departments.

This week's 307 Politics is abbreviated, but we'll be back with a full newsletter next week. In the meantime, here are some of the political stories we've been following in the Equality State.

The Week Ahead

Monday: None.

Tuesday: Federal Natural Resource Management Committee meets in Douglas.

Wednesday: Gov. Mark Gordon will attend a briefing on wildfire response and outlook for the 2019 fire season in Cheyenne. 2019 Energy Expo takes place in Gillette.

Thursday: Joint Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources meets in Gillette. Gov. Gordon to hold general press conference with state media.

Friday: Wyoming progressive group Our Revolution meet in Casper.

Weekend: None.

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Wyoming Politics

Tax options, direct distribution still priorities for WAM: The Wyoming Association of Municipalities’ Legislative Leadership Committee highlighted a familiar concern when it met at Sheridan College last week — state municipalities’ continued dependence on direct distribution funding. (via The Sheridan Press)

Amid party rift, Republican leaders resign: Tensions within the Park County Republican Party boiled over Monday night, as three of the party’s top leaders resigned over “irreconcilable differences” with Chairman Martin Kimmet. (via The Powell Tribune)

Gillette mayor rips Cheyenne for lack of ‘focus,’ pragmatism: The mayor of the coal capital of Wyoming criticized her county’s state lawmakers last week, saying they spend too much focus on political spats of little value to Gillette.

“I know with our own [Campbell County] legislators the last time I heard what they’re going to do is they were worried about Democrats changing to Republicans on voting day and just ridiculous stuff,” she said. "How is that going to help us? Who cares? Shut up and let’s get something done." (via WyoFile)

Around Wyoming

Wyoming again ranked 49th for children’s health: With a rate of uninsured children that’s double the national average, Wyoming was ranked second to last in the United States for children’s health in a national study for the second consecutive year. (via Trib.com)

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Top tie-down ropers, steer wrestlers boycott CFD over tournament-style rodeo: Some of the country’s top tie-down ropers and steer wrestlers are boycotting this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo amid changes they say will result in less financial gain and more wear on athletes. (via The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in UW gun case: The Wyoming Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a legal challenge regarding whether the University of Wyoming has the right to regulate firearm possession on campus. (via The Laramie Boomerang)

Eye On Washington

Sen. John Barrasso oversaw a hearing on the nomination of Wyoming’s Rob Wallace to a key post in the Department of the Interior. He also co-signed a letter with Delaware Sen. Tom Carper to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for the repeal of Section 1438 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which rescinds $7.6 billion in federal-aid Highway Program contract authority next July. 

Sen. Mike Enzi announced the second in a series of hearings he is hosting on fixing the nation’s budget process – a primary objective of his in his final months in office.

Rep. Liz Cheney sponsored a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the implementation of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program First Increment Extension for threatened and endangered species in the Central and Lower Platte River Basin. She also got into a highly-publicized spat with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over detention facilities managed by the federal government at the U.S.-Mexico border, which the New York congresswoman described as “concentration camps.”

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Nick Reynolds covers state politics and policy. A native of Central New York, he has spent his career covering governments big and small, and several Congressional campaigns. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 2015.

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