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For Wyoming guv candidate, feds have no authority

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne doctor and rancher running as a Republican for Wyoming's governor says that if he's elected, he'll tell federal bureaucrats to stop administering federal laws in the state or risk jail.

It's a central issue for Taylor Haynes, who's running against Gov. Matt Mead - a former federal prosecutor - and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill in the Aug. 19 GOP primary.

Haynes says he'll inform officials from entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service that they have no authority in Wyoming. He says he'd order county sheriffs to arrest them if they refuse to stand down.

Observers say Haynes' statements are somewhat extreme for a conservative state like Wyoming and make him a longshot in the race.

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