Refusing to hand Obama a success, Wyoming leaders refused to extend unemployment benefits, run our own health exchange, or expand help for sick, poor people.

Kerry Drake’s brilliant column in WyoFile. Drake is also the editor of The Casper Citizen, a non-profit, community newspaper.

Hint: It costs Wyoming a hell of a lot. 

Our longtime colleague Kerry Drake has a new, weekly column at, “The Drake’s Take.” Drake has covered the news in Wyoming for 37 years, at the Tribune Eagle and Casper Star-Tribune, and most recently served as opinion editor at the CST. We’re excited and grateful to have Drake’s experience, compassion and knowledge of Wyoming grace our pages at
During the last budget session, Sen. Bruce Burns (R-Sheridan) sponsored a bill to use a firing squad, like Utah does. But problems obtaining the banned chemicals weren’t well known then, and it was quickly defeated. The national media treated it as an example of a trigger-happy state anxious to cull its prison population. But after horrific, botched lethal injection attempts in Oklahoma, Ohio and Arizona, the Judiciary Committee not only considered Burns’ bill, it decided to sponsor the measure. Steve Lindly, deputy director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections, explained if the state can’t use lethal injections, it needs an alternative on the books. Right now the legal option is to use a gas chamber, which presents a problem — Wyoming no longer has one.

Here is my latest piece for independent media site, WyoFile, analyzing the Wyoming primaries I selected as races to watch.

Here’s the first two columns for background:

Read these for some slightly nerdy political analysis and insight into Wyoming politics. Enjoy!