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News & Notes: Multi-Partisan Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana in Wyoming, Horning Launches House Run

WYOMING WEED: A new multi-partisan bill in the Wyoming state house would “remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis, replacing the state’s current misdemeanor charge with a $100 fine.” The bill has been co-sponsored by Democratic and Republican leaders, as well as independent representative Jim Roscoe and Libertarian representative Marshall Burt (pictured above).

HORNING RUNS AGAIN: Andy Horning is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 8th District. Horning received 145,282 votes in a high-profile U.S. Senate race in 2012, winning 5.7% against a Republican and Democratic opponent. He later mounted bids for U.S. House in 2014 and 2016, winning 3.8% and 4.6% in those bids.

IN PRAISE OF TOP FOUR: A new guest editorial in The New York Times from Richard Pildes praises Alaska’s electoral system: “Other states would do well to pay attention to whether the reforms in Alaska and other states and cities do a better job of giving candidates with the broadest appeal to voters a good chance to actually get elected.”

LP AND GP PETITION FOR NY BALLOT: Both the Libertarian Party and the Green Party will attempt to collect 45,000 signatures to put their nominees on the ballot for governor in New York State this year, according to Ballot Access News. “Both parties are in court fighting that new petition requirement; the case is pending in the Second Circuit.”

Larry Sharpe will seek a spot as a candidate for three parties: Forward, Libertarian and Unite NY. Howie Hawkins will once again be the Green Party candidate, again via BAN.

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