Carl “Bunky” Loucks (R) resigned from the Wyoming House of Representatives on July 6, citing a need to focus on his small business due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is not running for re-election this year.
Loucks was first elected to represent District 59 in the chamber in 2010. Three Republican candidates–David Carpenter, Leah Juarez, and Kevin O’Hearn–are running for the seat in the August 18 primary. No candidates filed for the Democratic primary.
All 60 seats in the Wyoming House of Representatives are up for election this year. In 40 of the 60 races, no candidates filed in the Democratic primary. No candidates filed for the Republican primary in just five of the 60 districts. Wyoming has had a Republican state government trifecta in 18 of the last 29 years, with a Republican majority in both chambers of the state legislature every year since 1992.
Clark County commissioners in Nevada appointed Kasina Douglass-Boone (D), a social worker for Clark County Schools, on July 7 to represent District 17 in the Nevada State Assembly. The seat has been vacant since the late Representative Tyrone Thompson (D) died on May 4, 2019.
Douglass-Boone is not running for the District 17 state House seat has been represented by a Democrat since at least 2003. She recently ran for election to represent District B on the Clark County School Board, finished third with 15% of the vote. District 17
Except for a power-sharing agreement from 1994 to 1996 and a Republican majority from 2014 to 2016, the Democratic Party has controlled a majority of seats in the assembly since 1992. The chamber flipped from 27-15 Democratic Party control to 27-15 Republican Party control in 2014, and back to a 27-15 Democratic majority in 2016.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is down to having three members after former chair Caroline Hunter (R) resigned from the commission July 3. The six-member body requires four members to form a quorum, which is the number of active commissioners needed for the FEC to formally conduct business. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, a quorum is required for the agency to promulgate rules, issue advisory opinions, and decide enforcement actions.
In her resignation letter to President Trump (R), Hunter wrote, “The FEC would benefit greatly from new faces and fresh perspectives.” She also stated that “Congress established the FEC to prevent single-party control, with every significant decision requiring bipartisan approval.” The current members of the FEC are Republican chair Trey Trainor, independent vice chair Steven Walther, and Democratic member Ellen Weintraub. Three positions are unfilled.
The Senate confirmed Trainor on May 19. Before that, the FEC only had three members after Matthew Petersen (R) resigned on August 31, 2019. Vacancies created by the resignations of commissioners Ann Ravel (D) in February 2017 and Lee Goodman (R) in February 2018 have yet to be filled.
After Hunter announced her resignation on June 26, Trump nominated Allen Dickerson—the current legal director of the Free Speech Institute—to the commission. If the Senate confirms Dickerson, the FEC will return to having four members.