Two Broads Talking Politics Podcast: The Politics of Wyoming

“The big [issue] in Wyoming is education funding. We have a strong constitutional right for every child to receive a quality education in Wyoming, no matter where they live. They can be in the smallest town in the furthest corner, or they could be in Cheyenne, but they are all supposed to have an equal opportunity for education…

…But it’s predominantly funded by the mineral industry and so there’s a real concern going forward about whether we can maintain that quality education... because the legislature started attacking people in education last year, and really all that happened was the price of oil dropped.”


Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Candidates for governor spar over the economy and their records

Throne, the former minority leader in the state House, said she was the only candidate being honest with voters about the situation the state finds itself in fiscally. She said reports show the state’s current tax structure is unsustainable and too many important programs like education face cuts. That was why she wanted to look at ways to change the tax system in the future.

“I didn’t get into this race to tell people what they want to hear. I got into this race to tell people what they need to know. And the simple fact of the matter is our future is bleak if we don’t tackle the tax issue,” Throne said. “I have said throughout this campaign that I would not advocate for a state income tax. I think the problem is we get hung up on finding that one magic solution. The truth of the matter is if we do not broaden our economy at the same time we diversify it, we won’t solve our fiscal crisis.”


Northern Wyoming Daily News: Students question candidates at Worland event

When questioned about the future of school budgets in the state, Throne replied that the state needs to look at stable funding, outside of oil and gas revenues.

Wolf agreed, and explained that Wyoming's "boom and bust" cycles enabled the schools to do things they couldn't have done otherwise, but the state needs to diversify its economy to prepare for the downtimes in mineral wealth.


Shondaland: Mary Throne Owns Her Independent Streak

In all the years since, Wyoming has yet to elect its second woman governor. But Democrat Mary Throne is trying to change that this election season. A replica of Ross' portrait is in Throne's living room for inspiration, and she hopes to follow in those footsteps. "I feel like after 95 years it's about time," Throne says with a laugh. Nowadays, Wyoming ranks last in the country when it comes to gender parity in state legislature — only 11 percent of legislators there are women.


Wyo4News: 5 Questions With Mark Gordon & Mary Throne; Candidates For Wyoming Governor

“It is essential to building a bright economic future for Wyoming that the state meets its constitutional obligation to fund our K-12 school systems. The cuts that have been made will have a lasting effect on the future of our state. If we want to grow our economy, we need to invest in our children. If we choose to give them the best education possible, we, in turn, give Wyoming a generation of well-educated citizens.”


KHOL Jackson Hole Community Radio: Candidate for Governor, Mary Throne (listen)

“If we want to continue to fund education, if we want to have a good university, if we want communities to have enough resources to take care of the streets and provide fire [fighters] and police—we’ve got to have a serious conversation about how we’re going to pay our bills…. I think it’s fundamentally conservative, in the truest sense of the word, to talk about how you’re going to pay your bills.”


Northern Wyoming Daily News: Governor candidate Throne looks for ideas, not labels

Traditionally in Wyoming, [Throne] said, voters vote for the best person, regardless of party, for governor, noting the many Democratic governors the state has elected.

Throne was also quick to point out that Wyoming has not elected back-to-back Republican governors since 1966.

“I’m not too partisan and I feel the state has become too partisan. It’s too much about what the party says and not what’s best for Wyoming,” Throne said. She said she did not fill out any Democratic Party pledges.

“I have a long history of opposing the last administration,” Throne said, specifically regarding restrictions and regulations.

“I don’t get hung up on labels. I want to know if an idea is going to work,” Throne said, regardless if it is a Republican or Democratic idea, liberal or conservative idea.

She said focusing on the idea and not who pitched the idea is how she operated as a state legislator and how she will operate if elected Wyoming’s next governor.

“I like to find solutions,” she added.


News Letter Journal: Throne weighs in

“I am hoping we are not too far down the road to intense partisanship,” Throne said. “There is a long history in Wyoming of having Democratic governors with a Republican Legislature, and things usually worked better.”

Throne said that she believes a Democrat as chief executive forces legislators to communicate with one another to solve the state’s problems. 

Hyper-partisanship is one of the more “philosophical” reasons she chose to run, Throne said. In the past few years, she said, Wyoming representatives have appeared to her to care about loyalty to party more than what is best for the state. Throne mentioned the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid as one of those issues. 

“That is another reason I got into this race,” Throne said. “Expansion would cover about 20,000 uninsured people in Wyoming, and the state has lost roughly $577 million by not taking this money.”


Wyoming Tribune-Eagle: Mary Throne blows away other governor candidates

“I was among the relatively small gathering at the Laramie County Library on Sept. 13 and watched with fascination Mary Throne blow away the other three candidates for governor of Wyoming.

Her intelligence, experience and, most importantly, vision for Wyoming’s future was palpable and infectious. It removed my cynicism of politics that has been growing for some time.”


KGAB: Mary Throne says she's running for Wyoming's future (Audio)

"The reason I got into the race is two-fold: One, we make ourselves a boom and bust state by doing the same things over and over again, and expecting different results. And two, I don't hear any message coming from any of the other candidates in the race that is willing to tackle these problems."


Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Gov. candidates talk health care, other issues at forum

Throne, the former minority leader in the state House, said Wyoming should have accepted Medicaid expansion when it was first put on the table and would make that a priority if she is elected. She said her record for passing bills as a Democrat in a Republican-controlled Legislature showed she could get the expansion passed.

“The failure of the Legislature to expand Medicaid and to bring $577 million into this state to help 20,000 people obtain health-care coverage was the worst thing I saw them do in 10 years,” Throne said.


Wyoming Public Media: Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Throne Is Focused On Solutions (Audio)

“I think there’s significant differences between treasurer Gordon and myself. I have run a race emphasizing solutions from the beginning. I’m not afraid to take on what I see as a real challenge in Wyoming, which is making ourselves less dependent for state revenue on coal, oil, and natural gas….

I support full funding for our K-12 system and support our constitutional obligation to fund education. I also emphasize the need for real healthcare solutions, including Medicaid expansion, Which [Gordon] does not support.”


Wyoming Business Report: Gubernatorial candidates speak at business forum in Laramie

Democratic candidate Mary Throne was elected to the state Legislature in 2006 representing House District 11 out of Cheyenne. She said in her first six years, people from all corners of the state would come together and work on problems regardless of party affiliation. But in the final four years, she said it started to change and become more like the rest of the country, with focus on partisanship rather than common solutions.

Throne said she would not run away from any of her votes and is not changing her views to become governor. The boom and bust cycle needs to be broken, she said. She emphasized her belief that the state needs to take advantage of all Wyoming’s entrepreneurial energy.


K2 Radio: Wyoming governor candidates spar over economic diversification

“We have to take immediate steps as a state to get out of this boom and bust cycle, to stabilize our revenues,” Throne said. “That cycle has plagued us for our entire history.”

Throne, an energy attorney, supports the coal, oil and gas industries, but the state can't expect them to pay for everything, she said. "It's not fair to them, and it's not sustainable."

Fixing it is another matter.

Despite her appreciation for the energy industries, the prices of commodities are out of their control, Throne said, and advocated a wholesale reworking of the budget process and finding other revenue sources by taxing the leisure services and tourism industries.


Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Blockchain companies promise Wyo investment at "hackathon"

A 22-year veteran of Wall Street and president of blockchain startup Symbiont, [Caitlin] Long expects the event to attract greater interest in the state from the roughly 300 software developers who competed in WyoHackathon.

“I think we just witnessed the birth of a software technology hub in southeast Wyoming,” she told the Laramie Boomerang.

“We react quickly. When we hear an idea that we think has merit … we can move very quickly to get the framework in place to get these technologies moving,” [Mary] Throne said.


Laramie Live: Wyoming's first Hack-a-Thon attracts new business

Over the course of the weekend, more than 400 competitors divided into 29 teams and spent 48 hours developing blockchain software and business plans. The groups then presented their plans to a panel of judges, including gubernatorial candidates Mary Throne, Mark Gordon, and Lawrence Streumpf.

In addition to the startups created over the weekend, two larger businesses have agreed to establish operations in Wyoming. In surprise announcements, will be opening a software development office in Wyoming, though the location has not yet been determined. Active Aether, which is currently based in New York City, will be relocating their offices to Jackson Hole.


Casper Star-Tribune: As rest of West mulls Medicaid expansion, Gordon and Throne remain polar opposites

“The political and the legal framework that may have made Gov. (Matt) Mead consider it a few years ago is now different, and I’m not sure if it’s a particularly good solution for Wyoming,” said Republican candidate and state Treasurer Mark Gordon. “So I am not in support of Medicaid expansion.”

“We’ve turned down approximately $500 million in federal funding, which is just ridiculous,” said Democratic candidate Mary Throne, adding that the decision should be a “no-brainer.”


Under expansion, the federal government pays 100 percent of the increased cost for a few years. If Wyoming were to expand this year, it would pay 10 percent of the cost, and federal coffers would cover the remaining 90 percent. According to Tom Forslund, the director of the state Department of Health, Wyoming would have received $577 million from the federal government between 2012 and 2018 had the state expanded, and roughly 20,000 people would have qualified for care.


Sheridan Press: Gubernatorial candidates suggest different paths to a diversified economy

“We’re trying to build a tax structure for our economy of the future, not our economy of the past,” Throne said. “Energy and mineral extraction are going to continue to be our backbone for the considerable future, but it’s just not right to expect that one sector to pay all of our bills; it’s also not practical.”


Casper Star-Tribune: Wyoming's governor race is already the most expensive on record — and there are two months left to go

State treasurer Mark Gordon, the Republican nominee, spent slightly more than $2 million....

Mary Throne, a former state legislator who breezed to the Democratic nomination, spent only about $142,000 in the primaries, which her campaign sees as an advantage. After a strong fundraising period when she received more than $44,000 in less than two weeks, she now counts more than $210,000 in cash on-hand, which her campaign notes is higher than Gordon and Constitution Party candidate Rex Rammell’s combined cash on hand.