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 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 10, 2021

Red flags fly over Wyoming's nuclear power 'silver bullet'

I’m not going to invest in Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s plan to bring a nuclear power plant to Wyoming. I’d also prefer to not see taxpayers like myself forced to shell out hard-earned money on such an environmentally risky venture....

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Can Wyo's failing juvenile justice system be fixed?

By Kerry Drake Wyofile.com Wyoming officials knew something was seriously wrong with the state’s juvenile justice system in 1970, when a governor’s committee examined the issue and came to the startling conclusion that no system actually...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 22, 2021

Gordon must lead school funding fix

When House-Senate negotiations on a school finance bill - one of the most crucial issues facing Wyoming - collapsed on the final day of the session, it became clear any long-term funding solution...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Lawmakers waste chance to make suicide prevention gains

One of the most perplexing mysteries about Wyoming’s 2021 legislative session is how the House could kill a suicide prevention bill. Then, when lawmakers got a chance to reconsider the matter, they rejected a second measure, too. Trying to keep...

 

Wyo lawmakers have a constitutional duty to fund public schools

Wyoming’s public schools have long been a subject of derision for many Republican state lawmakers who claim they underperform. If such scrutiny leads to the constant improvement of our K-12 system, then I’m all for it. But that’s not the...

 

The Drake's Take: Lummis, Eathorne responses to insurrection are delusional

The response of two Wyoming officials to President Donald Trump inciting a riot at the Capitol last Wednesday is delusional, dishonest and disturbing. As security escorted her out after violent Trump backers stormed the building, Sen. Cynthia Lummis...

 

Making pandemic 'personal responsibility' optional was a grave mistake in Wyoming

By KERRY DRAKE Wyofile.com I don’t know what mystifies me more: Wyomingites who don’t care enough about their neighbors to wear a mask during a surging pandemic, or Gov. Mark Gordon not requiring people to cover their faces in public. Both,...

 

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...

 

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