As the presidential contest rolls on, some Wyoming lawmakers are worried that issues important to the state, such as energy, is being left out of the debate. While there was some recent discussion, it’s not being discussed as much as some would prefer. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.
Wyoming passed the Food Freedom Act, giving the state’s farmers and ranchers the most flexible food rules in the nation…making it possible for them sell things direct to consumers that are illegal elsewhere, like unpasteurized milk, poultry, jams, and other foods. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards talked with the author of the new book Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable about Wyoming’s Food Freedom Act and just how common this level of deregulation is in other states.
Liz Cheney is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a former Fox News commentator, an author, the co-founder of the Alliance for a Strong America, a former U.S. State Department official and attorney.
She’s also the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney says she continues to support Donald Trump for President and worries about working with a Hillary Clinton administration. She’s also concerned about Republicans losing ground in the House and Senate. I asked her if she will drop her hard-line stance and work across the aisle to get things accomplished.
There are few places in the country with more wind energy potential than Wyoming. But the state has seen almost no new wind turbines built in six years, even while wind has boomed in the rest of the country. Depending on who you ask, the challenges have been political, technical or both, but now, the outlook is improving on all fronts. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi will soon be entering his 20th year in the Senate. Enzi has had a long political career that began as Mayor of Gillette and included time in the Wyoming House and Senate. Enzi currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and is the former chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee among others.
We conducted the interview just before the news of Donald Trump’s taped comments on women was released, but despite those comments his staff says he still supports Trump. We begin our conversation talking about changes he wants from a new President, such as rolling back EPA regulations.
At the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, there’s an average of four births per year. That’s because some inmates are showing up to prison pregnant. Four years ago, plans were put into motion to address the situation by providing a mother-child unit where inmates could raise their children. However, as Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports, the nursery has remained vacant since renovations were completed in 2014.
The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, was recently in Laramie. The visit was one of hundreds of trips Chu has made to communities around the country to see first-hand the role the arts are playing. Chairman Chu stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.