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“Actual innocence” expert helps Judiciary Committee see past state lawyer’s preposterous claims

May 3, 2017

Imagine you’re sitting in prison, convicted of a crime you did not commit. One day, three years into your 20-year sentence, your lawyer visits and tells you that new evidence has come to light that proves your innocence.

In most states, that would mean you’d be headed home soon […]

Harassing students is business as usual for longtime bully Bouchard

April 26, 2017

When freshman Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne) ran the most extreme pro-gun organization in Wyoming, he used mean, juvenile tactics to try to bully every legislator who disagreed with him. He made the NRA look as menacing as a Cub Scout pack.

Last week, Bouchard was in the news after […]

WORST OF WYOMING 2017 (House): Rep. Cheri Steinmetz

April 25, 2017

Competition for 2017’s Worst of Wyoming was as stiff in the House this session as it was in the Senate, where bolo tie-wearing bloviator Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs) took home the prize.

In the House, one lawmaker stood above the others in the mean-spiritedness and small-mindedness of the bills […]

WORST OF WYOMING 2017: Larry Hicks (Senate)

April 24, 2017

There was stiff competition in the Wyoming State Legislature this session for which lawmakers were the absolute worst, in both the Senate and the House.

By bringing forth bills to sabotage Wyoming’s renewable energy industry, transfer federal public lands to the state, and squash civil rights, Sen. Larry Hicks […]

PRESIDENT BEBOUT (Part 4): A failed champion of public land transfer

In this multi-part series, Better Wyoming appraises longtime politician Eli Bebout’s first session as Senate President of the Wyoming State Legislature. Read the first three parts here.

April 22, 2017

It’s not because it was a horrible idea that new Senate President Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) pulled from consideration a resolution that would […]

PRESIDENT BEBOUT (Part 3): A good ol’ boy hates reform, even when it saves millions

In this multi-part series, Better Wyoming appraises longtime politician Eli Bebout’s first session as Senate President of the Wyoming State Legislature.

April 21, 2017

Along with throwing away $20 million owed to taxpayers by mineral companies and leading the opposition against fixing the state’s education funding crisis (see Part 1 and Part […]

President Bebout (Part 2): Leading the fight to not fix education funding

In this multi-part series, Better Wyoming appraises longtime politician Eli Bebout’s first session as Senate President of the Wyoming State Legislature. Click here to read Part 1.

April 20, 2017

CHEYENNE— At the start of the most recent legislative session, everyone knew that Wyoming’s public education system faced a roughly $400 million […]

PRESIDENT BEBOUT (Part 1): Save the banks, screw the taxpayers

In this series, Better Wyoming appraises longtime politician Eli Bebout’s first session as Senate President of the Wyoming State Legislature.

April 19, 2017

Although new Senate President Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) postured as a fiscal hawk this Legislative session, pressuring his chamber to oppose any new taxes, he singlehandedly killed several bills that […]

BUDGET RECAP (Part 4): Whispers of an Income Tax

Part 1: Healthy Babies Cost Too Much

Part 2: Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

Part 3: Lawmakers Do Pass Taxes (as long as they’re not taxes)

April 11, 2017

In a boom-and-bust economy like Wyoming’s, each cycle provides us the opportunity to reflect on booms and busts of the past in order to […]

BUDGET RECAP (Part 3): Lawmakers do pass taxes (as long as they’re not taxes)

Part 1: Healthy Babies Cost Too Much

Part 2: Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

April 10, 2017

It’s not that Wyoming lawmakers don’t understand that the state needs new revenues—despite evidence to the contrary, they’re not exactly dense.

The problem is that they lack the political will to do what’s necessary to ensure […]