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(OPINION) The Railroad, Today’s Version

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Bad energy: Natrium reactor is unwise for Wyoming

It’s not too late to question this plan and whether Wyoming should allow it Opinion by Bill Tallen, WyoFile Bill Gates’ TerraPower, joined by GE Hitachi, Rocky Mountain Power and other corporate partners, and by the...

Op-Ed: Wyoming’s Citizen Legislature Completes the Work of the 66th Budget Session

Opinion by Eric Barlow and Dan Dockstader Your citizen legislature convened in mid-February with a mountain of priorities to deliver in a finite amount of time. This was no ordinary Budget Session. Redistricting, the biennial...

Abortion exceptions for rape, incest shouldn’t be up for debate

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile Wyoming may be only one election cycle away from making abortion illegal for pregnant victims of rape and incest. It’s only because an anti-abortion state senator missed a vote, in fact,...

Lawmakers to trans students: ‘Be someone you’re not, or leave’

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile Bills can travel a fascinating journey from conception to debate on the floor of the Wyoming Legislature. Sometimes it can be a miserable trip with harmful consequences. Take Senate File 51 –...

RNC and Wyo GOP are all in, and out of aces against Cheney

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile WYOFILE- Like the Big Bad Wolf, the National Republican Committee huffed and puffed and tried with all its might to blow down Donald Trump’s biggest enemy. But U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney...
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Proposed fossil fuel royalty rebate bill is a bad idea

Opinion by RT Cox, WyoFile As a retired oil and gas attorney, who negotiated plenty of leases and sales of leases in Wyoming, it’s clear to me that the royalty rebate bill advanced last week is a...

Dale Eaton will die in prison. The death penalty is still hurting his victims.

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile I don’t think I could stand to be in the same room as someone who killed one of my relatives. But I fully understand why Sheila Kimmell and her family...
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Opinion: Tim Stubson: GOP made political statement rather than caring about education

Opinion by Tim Stubson, columnist, Cowboy State Daily (this piece originally appeared on Cowboy State Daily) Stubson is a Republican and a former legislator from Natrona County. Wander with me down the path of disbelief into the...

Pavement before pledges: Wyo highways need gas-tax revenue

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile I can’t think of many easier jobs in Wyoming politics than lobbying against a gas-tax hike. The tasks entailed —  lining up a majority of extremely conservative lawmakers who have gleefully...