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Tom Lawrence

There are three candidates for governor on the Republican primary ballot in the Aug. 19 election, but it’s not a difficult choice.

Gov. Matt Mead deserves to be nominated for a second term by the Wyoming GOP. His first three-plus years in office have been largely successful, and Mead has earned a second chance at the job.

The recycling fee charged for some residential and commercial customers will go up 50 cents, not a dollar, the Powell City Council decided Monday night.

The fee assessed to those who do not recycle their cardboard with Powell Valley Recycling will go from $1.50 per month to $2. The money, which is part of the monthly city utility bill, is turned over to PVR.

Thumbs up to the Powell City Council for deciding to change its meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The council approved the change Monday night. Barring unforeseen developments, the new start time will commence on Monday, Sept. 15.

Two U.S. senators were present, along with the superintendent of public instruction and several other officials and candidates.

But a man who plays rock guitar, sings and has gained a national reputation for outspoken conservative views was the star of the show during the fourth annual Big Horn Basin TEA Party picnic in rural Emblem Saturday.

Hustle.

That’s a word Pete Gosar repeats over and over. It’s the key to a Democrat winning in heavily Republican Wyoming, Gosar said during a stop at the Park County Fair in Powell July 21.

It was a rainy Thursday on our farm, and while I was interested in a baseball game on the radio, there was something on TV that needed to be seen: The president was quitting.

President Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was walking away from the job he had craved for more than two decades. It was Aug. 8, 1974, and Nixon said he would officially resign at noon the following day.

Thumbs down to two Park County commissioners, who are members of the Park County Boundary Board, for spreading disinformation about the proposal to expand the boundaries of the Powell school district.

Commissioners Joe Tilden and Loren Grosskopf made false and misleading statements during a radio interview last week. They claimed the district could pocket up to $185,000 for adding students from the Mammoth-Hot Springs area to the district.

After almost a half century as a rock star, Ted Nugent has become better known for his fiery conservative political stances and statements that have made him a favorite of the Tea Party movement.

To his critics, however, Nugent is outspoken, outrageous and out of control.

Sometimes it seems like being a Democrat in Wyoming is similar to being a vegetarian at a barbecue.

There’s not much reason to get too excited.

Several candidate forums are scheduled in coming days as local races heat up prior to the Aug. 19 Republican primary.

The Powell Tribune will host a forum for House Districts 25 and 50 candidates on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium.

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