Fremont County Democratic Party Statement on the August 19, 2014 Primary Election

vote-democratLANDER, WY–Yesterday Republican and Democratic voters from across Fremont County and the state of Wyoming selected the candidates that they want to see on the ballot in November. The Fremont County Democratic Party was pleased to see two local Democratic contests, House District 33 and Senate District 25. Our congratulations go out to all of the contestants for their efforts and their willingness to pursue public service.

The Fremont County Democratic Party looks forward to supporting the campaigns of Andi Clifford for House District 33 and Sergio Maldonado in Senate District 25. Both are active and involved members in our community who have a vision of a Fremont County and Wyoming that frankly discusses issues and is inclusive of all of our citizens.

Learning of her win last night Andi Clifford had this comment: “I would like to thank everyone who supported me. I will need even more support going into the General Election. Good luck to all the candidates on both sides of the aisle. I appreciate your willingness to serve and represent the people. A big thank you to my Uncle Representative Patrick Goggles for his wisdom and guidance, I will try my best to carry on your legacy!” Andi is the assistant general manager at the Wind River Casino, Fremont County’s largest employer.

Sergio Maldonado expressed his gratitude to the voters when learning of his victory, saying, “A hearty thank you to all who voted for me to be your Democratic candidate for Senate District 25. We have great work in front of us prior to the November General Election. It will take many of us pulling together to assure that the people of Senate District 25 will have a voice in Cheyenne. I cannot stress enough the importance of every person, their concerns and hopes. I take this responsibility in both a humble and people oriented manner.” Sergio is a long time educator and is the Diversity Coordinator at Central Wyoming College.

Fremont County Democratic Party Chair, Bruce Palmer had this comment on the local elections, “We are pleased to be putting forward very strong candidates for HD 33 and SD 25. Both Andy and Sergio are articulate, accomplished and energetic candidates. They are certainly worthy of the consideration of every voter in their districts.”

Palmer continued, “It is interesting to note that more Republicans voted against the incumbent in Senate District 25 than voted for him with nearly 55% of voters choosing Sen. Case’s opponents. Interestingly, in Fremont County the same is true in the Republican Gubernatorial primary. Governor Mead’s 55% statewide win in his own party is far from a vote of confidence. The Fremont County result for Governor Mead must be particularly disconcerting for his supporters with Haynes and Hill outpolling the governor by about 150 votes. The governor certainly benefited by running against two very flawed candidates.”

The Fremont County Democratic Party looks forward to working to support all of our candidates over the coming months. We look forward to positive results in November.

Walking For Workers Saturday in Lander

 

Walking for Workers. Repeal the Vacation Theft Act.

Walking for Workers. Repeal the Vacation Theft Act.

On Saturday, September 21 in Lander we will be “Walking for Workers,” knocking on the doors of registered Democrats, giving them information about the Fremont County Democratic Party and asking that they sign a petition in support of the repeal of Enrolled Act 37– the Vacation Theft Act. Message points and all the materials needed will be provided. We’ll meet at The Palmers, 291 Cascade Street (corner of 3rd and Cascade) in Lander and canvass from 10 am until 2 pm and then regroup for chili and stories.

On Saturday, September 28 we will follow this up by “Walking for Workers” in Riverton.
Please volunteer to support this important effort to protect workers rights in Wyoming.

Learn more about Enrolled Act 37:
Enrolled Act 37– Wyoming Republicans Gift to Working People
Wyoming Democrats and Labor Day
Equality State Policy Center Spring Newsletter
Wyoming GOP’s Enrolled Act 37 – WDP Timeline

Representative Patrick Goggles’ Legislative Report

At the Sunday, April 21, 2013 meeting of the Fremont County Democratic Party, Representative Patrick Goggles joined the group and presented some of his views on the recently concluded legislative session. The following is his written report that he shared with the members.


62nd General Session Summary Report, by Representative Patrick Goggles

Representative Patrick Goggles

Representative Patrick Goggles

The 62ND General Session is now in the books after a 36 day session, leaving 4 days for the 2014 Budget Session. Like previous sessions, each session has its own signature; the signature of this general session can be summed up as the “Hill Bill”.

Having stated that, the 62nd Session was contentious to say the least, new and current conservative legislators spouting re-election & election commitments, no growth pledges and ultra-conservative ideologies brought stand-your-ground politics to the floor of the Wyoming House. In addition aggressive lobbying by certain special interests and anti-federal sentiment among conservative house members contributed to contentious floor debate and questionable maneuvering tactics by special interests to expose certain members of the Wyoming House as unpatriotic.

During contentious debate House Democrats proved to be effective statesmen, led by experienced & strong leadership, the result was our votes counted and made a difference! Being out numbered on the floor and in committee, democrats performed admirably at all legislative levels including Leadership. As you may or may not know the legislative membership of Republican to Democrat is 52 Republican – 8 Democrats in the WY House of Representatives.

Given the unbalanced legislative representation, democrats have worked with due diligence, non-partisan resolve for the good of Wyoming and under these conditions been effective in terms of the minority voice being articulated loud & clear.

Not all is said and done. There were many issues left on the table. Medicaid expansion for one, domestic partnerships, developmentally Disabled waiting lists & waivers, to name a few.  In terms of Wyoming’s fiscal condition, Legislature leadership & the majority party continues to stockpile savings in deference to the needs of the disadvantaged poor, the uninsured children & elderly, in Wyoming.

The Democratic Caucus as an institutional organization met on Wednesdays, in open meeting, to discuss House Bills & Senate Files to organize an inform ourselves of intent, amendments and voting strategies in standing committee and General Session readings.

On Thursdays, the Democratic Caucus met with Governor Mead at 7am to discuss legislation of mutual interest. Our meetings with the Governor were very productive and healthy for the Democratic Caucus.

On Wednesdays at 6:30am the Fremont County delegation (Reps. Goggles, Larsen, Miller, Campbell & Senators Bebout, and Case & Geis) met to inform each other of individual pending legislation, committee testimony, amendments, possible vote outcomes, positions of legislation and to meet with Fremont County constituents.

I individually did not sponsor a house bill.  I took the lead role in Standing Committee & floor management of HB 21 Peace Officer Immunity and SF 162 Authority to take an Eagle legislation. Both pieces of legislation have been signed into law by Governor Mead.  I did co-sponsored 15 house bills and 3 senate files.

As a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, I am the longest serving Democrat in the House, serving my 5th term. I serve as a member of the Revenue Committee and Management Council.

I have been appointed House Chairman, Select Committee on Tribal Relations by Speaker Tom Labnau, for the 62nd Wyoming Legislature.

Notable legislative topics – 2013 General Session.

Representative

Representative Goggles making his point.

EDUCATION

SF 104 “Hill Bill” – Education – State Administration

SF 230 School Resource Officers

SF 38 University of Wyoming Board of Trustees

HB 91 – Accountability I

HB 72 – Accountability II

HB 63 Adjunct Professor Initiative Co-sponsor

HB 163 Alternative School

HB 177 Hathaway Success Curriculums

TAX

HB 69 Highway Funding

As a member of House Revenue, HB 69 Highway Funding increased the tax on fuel from 14 cents to 24 cents per gallon. I was an “Aye” vote on the legislation.

HB 98 County Fees – co-sponsor with Rep. Glen Moniz (R) Laramie

As a co-sponsor, county fee schedules increased to represent current cost of doing business. I was an “Aye” on the legislation.

FIREARMS

HB 104 Federal Nullification (opposed)

HB 103 local preemption (opposed)

HB 105 Guns in School (opposed)

HB 216 Deadly weapons in a courtroom (“Aye” vote)

SF 132 Silencers, suppressors and automatic weapons (“No” vote)

HEALTH

HB 68 Wyoming Life Resources Center

The Wyoming Life Resource Center, home of 90 of Wyoming's most vulnerable citizens.

The Wyoming Life Resource Center, home of 90 of Wyoming’s most vulnerable citizens.

I and Rep. Larsen amended this bill on 2nd Reading. “Aye” on the bill on third reading.

SF 60 Medicaid Reform

Democrats attempted to amend the legislation to include “Medicaid Expansion”. Our efforts failed but brought debate to the forefront in terms of those opposed to expansion and those in favor. I was an “Aye” vote to amend in the language of Medicaid Expansion.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

HB 21 Peace Officer Immunity (signed into law)

HB 27 Wind River Law Enforcement (died in Judiciary Committee)

LOTTERY

HB 77 Wyoming Lottery

I was an “Aye” vote on the lottery. The legislation very specifically crafted to power ball and state lottery. No video terminals or scratch tickets. Proceeds to Cities, towns & counties for the first six years then to education.

GAME & FISH

SF 162 – Authorized Taking of an Eagle

As a co-sponsor, legislation amends current statute to authorize the taking of eagles by falconers and by permit issued by USFWS. I was an “Aye” vote of the legislation.

SF 118 Eminent Domain 2 (“No” vote)

HB 228 Transfer of federal lands – study (“No” vote)

HB 81 Large Project Funding (NATURAL RESOURCE FUND)

BUDGET

Supplemental / Reductions

SF 105 School capital construction (K-12)

Appropriations

School Finance – amendments

Submitted by Representative Patrick Goggles

 

 

Rut-ro. Balanced Wyo. Life Resource Center Study in Jeopardy

The home of 90 of Wyoming's most vulnerable citizens is under attack.

The home of 90 of Wyoming’s most vulnerable citizens is under attack.

In the roller coaster ride that is our legislative process yesterday we went from the tremendous high of having the amended bill that would assure a balanced study of the Wyoming Life Resource Center sail through the Senate to just a few hours later having the amended bill trounced when it went back to the House for concurrence. The original House Bill 68 called for a study to transition clients out of the WLRC to community based programs or nursing homes. The Senate amended bill takes a different, and better ,approach requiring a balanced study on effectively and efficiently meeting the care needs of the clients of the WLRC. Without House concurrence the bill now goes to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise and then be returned to both chambers for a vote. This compromise could be the original House bill. Or it could be the amended Senate bill. Or it could be something in between. Or there could be no compromise and it dies.

We need to encourage the conferees that the amended Senate bill is the best way forward. It is client centered and unlike the original bill it does not presume that best outcome for the residents of the WLRC is to moved from their home on campus. Click on the names below to be taken to each of the conferee’s profile and email address.

The House Conferees are Elaine HarveyLee FilerMatt Greene. Green and Harvey both voted against accepting the Senate amendments and Filer voted for. We should encourage Filer to hang in there with support of the amended bill and work to influence Harvey and Greene to agree to the amended version.
The Senate Conferees are Charlie ScottEli Bebout and Stan Cooper. All three voted for the amended bill. A thank you and encouraging word would be in order.

Onward!

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