Rep. Hans Hunt

Candidates for Hunt’s replacement selected Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Republican Central Committees for Goshen, Niobrara and Weston counties selected three names – Lusk’s Greg Matney, Newcastle’s Allen Slagle and Lusk’s J.D. Williams – during their Oct. 14 meeting to nominate a replacement...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle,  say they are encouraged by the redistricting process that both are engaged in as members of the Joint Corporations, Election and Political Subdivision Committee. The pair met with the Board of...
Bob Bonnar NLJ Publisher   When the U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary figures from its 2020 census on Monday, it officially signaled the start of the debate in the Wyoming State Legislature over legislative redistricting. Lawmakers tasked with redrawing the boundaries of the state’s...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The future of education funding in Wyoming has changed and morphed several times over the past year. The most recent bill up for consideration, House Bill 173, substitute number one, proposes a 0.65% cut, down from the 10% originally proposed by Gov. Mark Gordon. ...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   According to Wyoming Department of Health data, 72 elderly people face a loss of services provided by Weston County Health Services In-Home Health Department if funding is not secured during the March legislative session, according to a press release from AARP...
Water bills spend millions on dangerous, aging infrastructure   By Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com   Lawmakers appropriated $24.3 million for water development, earmarking significant funding to rebuild the old and suspect LaPrele Dam above Douglas and repair a domestic water line to Midwest and...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The 2020 general session of the 66th Wyoming Legislature reconvened on Jan. 26 in a virtual session via Zoom. During the virtual portion of the session, Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, said that the House and Senate will deal with committee bills passed during the...

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On Jan 6, as the Electoral College Certification was taking place in Washington, D.C., Wyoming state representatives and senators met with 47 people at The Pizza Barn in Newcastle. The event was hosted by Newcastle’s new mayor and owner of The Pizza Barn, Pam Gualtieri, and set up and introduced by the Weston County Republican Party Chairperson, Kari Drost. Questions and opinions were brought forth from constituents, as officials made cases for their views. Some of the most important issues brought forward, with some solutions — not all of which were well accepted by the voters —were budget problems. Attendees brought up education and health care, stating that those two items take up approximately 80% of the annual cost of running the state. This discussion took up the bulk of the time. Another issue discussed was a desire of the majority present to redistrict the state according to the original plan, i.e. according to county lines. Major concern was addressed about the issues Newcastle, as well as other rural communities, face because of districts cutting these cities in half or worse, an issue that leads to representation that is not sufficient for smaller population areas, while larger southern cities have the bulk of power in the state. Present to address the voters were from District 01 Sen. Ogden Driskill, from District 03 Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, from District 01 Rep. Chip Neiman, and from District 02 Rep. Hans Hunt. Pictured are Steinmetz, Hunt and Driskill.

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   A new year brings a new legislature, even during a global pandemic, and while the 66th Wyoming Legislature’s general session may look different this year as legislators from across the state meet virtually to address Wyoming’s biggest issues.  According to  Rep. Hans...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Filing dates for the upcoming election start next month and State Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, has announced that he will run for reelection to the Wyoming House of Representatives in the 2020 election.  “I have decided to stand for reelection this year,” Hunt said...

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