Anti-government activist Bundy starts running for governor
Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy posted his first videos on June 19 announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho.
Bundy said he wanted to defend Idaho in front of President “Joe Biden and those in the Deep State who control him” because they “will try to deprive us of gun rights, religious freedom, parental rights and more – and go on against the Constitution in unimaginable ways – even more than they already have. “
Last month, Bundy filed documents with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office to run for Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial primary. The current Governor of Idaho, Brad Little, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and four other Republicans – Jeff Cotton, Edward Humphreys, Lisa Marie, and Cody Usabel – have also submitted campaign materials required to run for governor.
In the video, Bundy touts his family’s longstanding battle with the federal government over the use of government land, including a stalemate with officials from the Bundy family ranch in Nevada in 2014.
Bundy’s campaign website also has videos detailing misunderstandings about him, reasons to vote for him, and how he would have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis had he been governor.
Bundy attracted international attention when in 2016 he led a group of armed activists occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest government control of public land. He was eventually arrested and later acquitted of all federal charges on the case.
Bundy has two trespassing lawsuits pending in Idaho and he represents himself for both of them. The cases stem from events during a coronavirus restriction protest at the Idaho Statehouse last August. In one case he pleaded not guilty and in the second he has not yet pleaded.
Poll: Strong growth continues in rural parts of 10 states
OMAHA – According to a monthly banker survey released June 17, strong growth continues in rural parts of 10 plains and western states, and three states now have more jobs than they did before the coronavirus pandemic began.
The general economic index Rural Mainstreet slipped from the record high in May of 78.8 to 70, but remained in positive territory. Any value above 50 indicates a growing economy, while a value below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who leads the survey, said the number of non-farm jobs across the region is 2% lower than it was before the pandemic began, but three states – Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska – reported employment levels above what was previously the virus surfaced last year.
The recruitment index for the region remained high at 71.7 in June, although it was slightly below the 72.7 level seen in May.
Goss said the region continues to benefit from growing exports, strong grain prices and persistently low interest rates.
More than three-quarters of bankers said the Federal Reserve should start rate hikes later this year.
Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming were interviewed.
The legislature emphasizes the ranking list selection as the primary option
CHEYENNE – Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing for changes to the state’s primary process, but it’s still unclear what exactly the changes would be or whether they could go into effect before the 2022 election when Congressman Liz Cheney faces a crowded field .
During a June 7th session of the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Corporations Interim Committee, Election Director Kai Schon said the Secretary of State’s office recommends that the Legislature raise the issue during the 2022 session to reflect the changes due to the 2024 election a need to implement for a constitutional amendment. During the discussions, however, he added that a voting process with ranked voting could potentially be introduced quickly before the 2022 area code.
Discussions of changes to the primary process will continue on the basis of a bill that passed in March that would have created a runoff system, and the committee will continue to discuss the possibility.
The committee voted 9-5 to instruct the Legislative Service Office to prepare a bill for discussion at its ranking voting session that eliminates the need for a runoff and does not require a constitutional amendment to be implemented.
According to LSO research analyst Danielle Creech, the ranking voting process ensures that the winner receives more than 50% of the votes. As she explained, the initial counts are based on voters’ choices on their ballot papers. If no single candidate has a majority of votes in the first ballot, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated.
If the top candidate of a voter is eliminated, his vote goes to his second election in the second counting round. This elimination process continues until a candidate receives a majority and wins. The process is similar to that of a runoff election, but Creech said the benefit is that voters only have to go to the polls once, where a runoff requires two ballots.
Water company stops diversion from Rio Grande
ALBUQUERQUE – One of New Mexico’s largest potable water utilities has stopped abstraction from the Rio Grande to prevent the stretch of river that flows through Albuquerque from drying out this summer.
The restriction, which went into effect June 19, came about two weeks earlier than last year when New Mexico was also in a drought. Albuquerque’s Bernalillo County Water Authority said the restriction is likely to last through November.
For the drinking water supply of the region, the supplier is in the meantime exclusively dependent on groundwater, which he describes as a “savings account”.
Customers are asked to comply with the restrictions on outdoor irrigation at certain times and days during the summer and to spare as much as possible in order to limit the load on the aquifer.
Prosecutor apologizes for email rant to LGBT councilor
SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah district attorney angry about being woken from a nap apologized for sending a slogan-filled email to an LGBT politician advocating the to be the first Asian American person elected to the Salt Lake City Council.
Utah assistant attorney general Steven Wuthrich told Darin Mano that he hated him and his family and then threatened to “do everything in my power to ensure that you are never elected to higher office than dog catcher.”
He sent the email after Mano knocked on his door on June 12 to look for someone who lived there who was a registered voter, either Wuthrich’s wife or roommate, Mano told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Mano was appointed to the city council and is now campaigning to be the first Asian-American to be officially elected. Mano is also a member of the LGBTQ + community and has four children. He told Fox13-KSTU that he was shocked and disturbed by Wuthrich’s news.
“It was hard not to wonder why this email was so aggressive,” said Mano.
Wuthrich apologized in a June 16 statement, saying he regretted the “savagery and language” of the email and did not wish Mano or his family any harm.
The Utah Attorney General has announced that officials are taking the situation seriously and are determining the next steps.