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  • Trump rally: Casper braces for crowds

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 26, 2022

    CASPER — After a 1,300-mile journey, the “MAGA-mobile” arrived in Casper towing a trailer with former President Donald Trump’s face on it. Casper welcomed Bill Bailey and his self-proclaimed “largest mobile Trump store in the nation” last Thursday. Since Bailey fought off the Casper wind and set up his four tents, he’s seen thousands of customers, with roughly 400 on the first day, he said. As Bailey, decked head-to-toe in red, white and blue Trump gear, spoke to a reporter, he was interrupted by a confused customer. “I want...

  • Cheney: GOP leadership enables white supremacy

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 19, 2022

    CASPER — Republican House leaders have enabled white supremacy, Rep. Liz Cheney said Monday, in a tweet that called on them to denounce racist and extremist views. “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” she wrote in the tweet, which was posted to her personal account early Monday. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.” Cheney’s comment comes two days after a gunman killed...

  • Gordon reelection bid announced

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 7, 2022

    CASPER - Gov. Mark Gordon announced his reelection bid Monday, offering an upbeat message after a first term dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic challenges. "I do believe that Wyoming is the best place on the Earth bar none, and I believe Wyoming's best days are ahead of it," said Gordon, a moderate Republican. "And that's because of you: the people of Wyoming." Gordon's time in office has been challenging, and he's faced criticism from his party's right wing. He angered many...

  • Bouchard could face investigation

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 17, 2022

    CASPER — Legislative leaders have asked a Senate panel to consider whether to launch a formal investigation into allegations recently brought against Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Burns. The request for an investigation comes days after the Senate voted to remove Bouchard from his committee assignments for a “long pattern” of misconduct, said Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs. “The subcommittee must determine if the factual situation is sufficient to warrant a reasonably prudent person to believe that you committed misconduct,” Senate President...

  • Superintendent selection process sparks lawsuit

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 27, 2022

    CASPER — Former Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau and 15 others are suing Gov. Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Republican Party, the party’s chairman and the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee over the recent state superintendent selection process. The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, claims that the process of selecting the superintendent spot left vacant by Jillian Balow’s resignation is unconstitutional because a political party’s central committee — which is made up of one county chairman, one county committeeman...

  • Fremont GOP joins in rescinding Liz Cheney recognition

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 12, 2021

    CASPER — The Fremont County Republican Party has joined Carbon and Park counties in voting to rescind recognition of Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP, according to a resolution obtained by the Star-Tribune. But the leaders of the Republican parties in Carbon and Fremont counties gave different reasons for pursuing what amounted to another symbolic critique of Wyoming’s only congressperson. The Fremont County Republican Party Central Committee voted Monday in support of the move, which is emblematic of the far right’s sustained...

  • Legislators say they were targeted by political infiltration operation

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 1, 2021

    CASPER — Two Wyoming lawmakers and a former state representative say they were targeted as part of an undercover operation performed by conservative operatives to infiltrate political campaigns and progressive groups during the 2020 election cycle. Wyoming appeared to be the home base for these efforts, according to an investigation published Friday by the New York times. The conservative operatives, Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, reportedly used the Wapiti home of Erik Prince, the founder of private military firm Blackwater, for training....

  • Expert: Reactor will be safe; Nuclear proposal incorporates molten sodium technology

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 17, 2021

    CASPER – After the recent announcement that Wyoming would be getting a nuclear power plant, many Wyomingites had a similar question. Is it safe? The Star-Tribune spoke with an expert who says yes, both the reactor and the waste storage are secure. Wyoming will be the site of the first Natrium small modular reactor (SMR) from a partnership between Bill Gates’ company TerraPower, the U.S. Department of Energy and PacifiCorp. The Natrium SMR has a design distinct from previous reactors, making it safer than traditional reactors. Traditional...

  • No zebra mussels detected in Wyoming

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2021

    CASPER – Although a highly invasive and harmful mussel was unexpectedly found in aquarium decorations at Wyoming pet stores earlier this year, wildlife officials say they have not yet detected the zebra mussels in state waters. “Right now, we are negative for zebra and quagga mussels in the state,” Alan Osterland, chief of fisheries for Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department, told the Star-Tribune. Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon are also negative, Osterland said. If zebra mussels were to proliferate, they would be harmful...

  • Bouchard will remain in U.S. House race

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 27, 2021

    CASPER – Wyoming Sen. Anthony Bouchard says he is staying in the U.S. House race following the disclosure that he impregnated a 14-year-old when he was 18, striking a defiant tone at the possibility that he could face repercussions in the Wyoming Legislature. “They’re gonna censure me for (what I did) 37 years ago? That’d be great,” he said. “Do it. Bring it on.” Bouchard has faced a wave of criticism after he acknowledged late Thursday that he had impregnated the girl, whom he married a year later. But speaking to the...

  • Cheney and Trump at odds again

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 6, 2021

    CASPER — Rep. Liz Cheney and President Donald Trump’s feud continued Monday, with Wyoming’s lone congresswoman pushing back on Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. Monday saw three public exchanges between Cheney and the former president. Trump issued a statement Monday morning that read, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Around an hour later, Rep. Liz Cheney responded. “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone...