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 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    October 14, 2020 

State should end 'dark money' spending

Lumpy, a walking, talking lump of coal wearing a miner’s hat and gloves, serves as the Energy Policy Network’s mascot. “Affordable and plentiful, I keep America’s lights on and economy moving,” Lumpy says in a speech bubble on EPN’s...

 

Armed vigilantes, stoked by team Trump, threaten all of us

I usually don’t share conspiracy theories, but one recently appeared in my inbox that was so wild it stopped me in my tracks. Cheyenne, according to the sender, is extremely vulnerable to an attack by Colorado socialists who would likely stop at no...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    August 26, 2020

Wyoming Legislature continued its rightward march in primaries

There’s nothing like knocking off a few bruised and battered “Republican in name only” incumbents in a Wyoming primary election to make self-proclaimed “real conservatives” whoop and holler. Four-term moderate Sen. Michael Von Flatern (R-Gi...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    August 19, 2020

Trumped-up hemp prosecution was miscarriage of justice

It wasn’t exactly a secret that Josh Egle wanted to grow hemp in Wyoming. He and his mother Debra Palm-Egle stood next to Gov. Mark Gordon in March 2019 for the signing of a bill legalizing hemp production in the state. During the previous three...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Radical right completed GOP takeover

By Kerry Drake Wyofile.com The Wyoming Republican Party’s recent convention in Gillette demonstrated that the radical right’s takeover of the GOP is now complete. It wasn’t just that officials ramrodded through wholesale bylaw changes that...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 8, 2020

West is needed in Wyo.

Kanye West isn’t your typical musical genius/billionaire entrepreneur/fashion designer/Wyoming rancher/presidential candidate. There will never be anyone else like him. If West didn’t exist, someone would have to invent him, and the only person...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Wyoming knew better than to blame health officers

More than a century ago, Wyoming residents lived through a flu pandemic much the same way people deal with the coronavirus today: restricting business activity and keeping their distance from others. However, there is one notable difference: Wyomingi...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Will the Wyo, GOP let anonymous actors define it?

Republicans used to vastly outnumber Democrats in the Wyoming Legislature. Their 77-12 super-majority seemed destined to last forever. But if you ask a shadowy political group organized last year, the margin has suddenly narrowed to 21-12 ...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 27, 2020

A superhero saves state senate from itself

I didn’t expect to see Spiderman at the Wyoming Senate, but I’m sure glad he showed up. He helped save the day. He didn’t look the same as he does in his superhero costume. In fact, in civilian clothes, the fellow on my computer monitor looked...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Kudos to Legislature, Gov. for protecting landlords, tenants

Observers have long dreaded the arrival of an economic perfect storm in Wyoming, but not even the most pessimistic of the bunch imagined the epic collapse that a recent Legislative Service Office memo says is in store for the state. Its “optimistic...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 22, 2020

State must mend previous mistakes

Observers have long dreaded the arrival of an economic perfect storm in Wyoming, but not even the most pessimistic of the bunch imagined the epic collapse that a recent Legislative Service Office memo says is in store for the state. Its “optimistic...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 1, 2020

TP, guns and ammo: How will you survive the pandemic?

I never expected to be writing about anything as terrible as coronavirus, let alone the strange question that has been on so many people’s minds since the pandemic started: Where can I find some toilet paper? Frequent readers of this column likely...

 

NEPA assault will weaken Wyo. people and places

In less than three years, President Donald Trump’s administration — aided and abetted by Wyoming’s congressional delegation and state leaders — has rolled back 58 environmental rules and regulations and has another 37 such changes on the...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 17, 2019

University owes residents an explanation of President's firing

I covered the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees for six years in the 1990s, through turbulent times that included academic and athletic program eliminations, proposed facility closures and controversies over academic freedom. Those challenges...

 

Grocery tax a blow to poor

A lot of blood, sweat and years went into the fight to remove state sales taxes from groceries in Wyoming. It finally happened in 2006. Former State Rep. Ann Robinson (D-Casper) spent eight years bringing bill after bill to the Wyoming House before...

 

Harshman redux may 'save' our schools... again

Sometimes a politician is fortunate enough to hold the right office at the time when their service is needed the most. Such is the case with Rep. Steve Harshman, R-Casper, the outgoing and incoming House speaker. Traditionally, the leader of the...

 

State stands its ground

Voters in three conservative Western states overruled their elected officials in the midterm elections and expanded Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income people via ballot initiatives. “The GOP has been bashing the [Affordable Care Act]...

 

Dodging a fiscal bullet

Don’t look now, but Wyoming just dodged a fiscal bullet. The smart thing to do would be to count ourselves lucky, then get out of the line of fire before the next round comes flying down range. But if history is any guide, I expect our Legislature...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Is Wyoming truly the Equality State?

Every year brings new attacks on the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered in Wyoming. I’m sick and tired of it. Wyoming claims it’s the “Equality State,” a place where people value individualism and respect the rights of...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    March 28, 2018

Let the sunshine in

When Republican state legislators caucus, they convene the numbers and the power to determine Wyoming law, and they do so behind closed doors. That is a choice. They could, if they wanted, allow the public to observe the deliberations that de facto...  Website

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Wyoming has no tolerance for hate groups

A few days after we moved to Casper from Cheyenne in 1999, my 12-year-old son asked me something I’d been wondering myself: “Dad, where are all the black people?” Wyoming’s capital city can’t be described as even remotely diverse, with an...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 15, 2016

Expansion opponents should pay the price

Watching state legislators debate Medicaid expansion during the budget session was like seeing a driver head full-speed toward a cliff and refuse to hit the brakes. The fully anticipated plunge adds to the financial pressures faced by many Wyoming...

 

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