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Healthcare Gun Control?

Once the Surgeon General has established gun control as a concern in public health, it would be incumbent upon the Department of Health and Human Services to act. Could gun owners be denied health insurance? Continue reading

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“Regulation Freedom” at the Wyoming Legislature

The Legislative Service Office continues to post bills that will be introduced next month when the Wyoming Legislature convenes for the 2015 General Session. Recent appearances include some proposed joint resolutions. On the House side so far there is a … Continue reading

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The Supplemental Budget Session Blowout

Gov. Mead directed that “Department supplemental budget requests are for budget modifications that are emergency in nature.” What does $156.5 million in emergency agency spending look like? Try conference fees and website redesign to start. Seems some agencies missed the memo. Continue reading

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Facts Discouraged

The New York Post declared “2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie.” In this article, Kyle Smith notes that the truth was optional when it came to Bowe Bergdahl, IRS, Lena Dunham, “Hands up, don’t shoot”, Johnathan Gruber, and … Continue reading

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Passing Lanes Unlikely to Reduce Highway Deaths

Dying in a car crash is terrible, but while spending more money on roads will allow the governor to appear to be doing something, it is unlikely to make much of a dent in highway fatalities. Continue reading

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End Civil Forfeiture in Wyoming

In October, comedian John Oliver discussed the practice of civil asset forfeiture on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight.” His bit closed with a parody of the show “Law & Order,” featuring a police detective interrogating a pile of money … Continue reading

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Raiding the Rainy Day Fund for Political Investments

If the governor truly thinks the state has enough saved to cover essential government functions during the inevitable rainy day, a better strategy would be to eliminate other revenue sources, such as the sales tax, and free people to spend on what they think will pay dividends in the future. Continue reading

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Overwhelming Debt

Would you be willing to give 39.7 percent of your paycheck to the federal government? That is what it would cost to fully fund the federal government at its current spending levels if everyone in the U.S. paid at a … Continue reading

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Wyoming Agency Will Retain Unconstitutional Personnel Rule

In late September I submitted comments to the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (“A&I”) opposing two proposed changes to the State of Wyoming Personnel Rules. My memo discussed two vague and overbroad provisions, one which could lead to unconstitutional … Continue reading

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Fast Cash and Campaign Gimmicks: A Lesson from Chicago

As Wyoming and other states consider expanding the reach of campaign finance laws to capture “dark money,” some consideration of what’s happening in Chicago is helpful.  Aggressive campaign finance regulations, touted as combatting corruption, allow for easy manipulation of the … Continue reading

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