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  • Why Wyoming sent 240 inmates to a Mississippi prison

    Maggie Mullen,|Dec 14, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Corrections’ transfer of 240 inmates to a private Mississippi prison due to a staffing shortage is a temporary fix to an ongoing problem, WDOC Director Dan Shannon says. “We don’t have an inmate housing issue,” Shannon told WyoFile. “We have a staffing problem.” Roughly 25% of the department’s uniformed staff positions are vacant, with most of those occurring at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins and the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk. To account for that, the department has also transferred 40 inmates to the Li...

  • Mysterious mailers attack Wyoming lawmakers, prompt investigation

    Maggie Mullen,|Dec 7, 2023

    As summer turned to fall in Wyoming this year, red and gold political leaflets began to appear in mailboxes. At first glance, the oversized glossy postcards didn’t look much different than any other campaign material. They featured an official lawmaker headshot, his name, contact info and the word “conservative” several times over. The header “Legislative Update” was emblazoned on the front. Albeit early for a campaign season that won’t officially kick off until May — when the candidate filing period opens — the mailers appeared normal...

  • The Legislature's ethics rules are 12 years old. Critics say it's time for an update.

    Maggie Mullen,|Jul 20, 2023

    Wendy Volk thought long and hard about filing an ethics complaint against a Laramie County senator after she said the lawmaker effectively sent a social media mob her way in August 2021. The incident began when the lawmaker posted to her professional social media page, questioning her status as a longtime Republican and asking why the Republican Party hadn’t done something sooner to take her out, Volk recounted. In the lawmaker’s online attack, Volk said, he referenced her many years of testifying at the Legislature. Soon, Volk said, the pos...

  • Staffing challenges reach Wyoming's top offices

    Maggie Mullen,|Jan 12, 2023

    Though Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials were sworn in Monday, a handful of key positions in two of their offices remain vacant. While some turnover is normal during a transitional period following an election, according to several officials, both the offices of state treasurer and secretary of state were unable to fill some top posts ahead of new terms that began this week. “I don’t believe it’s any mystery that in practically every area of state government, we’re facing a lot of competition from the private sector and other are...

  • State Bar declined to investigate complaint against Hageman

    Maggie Mullen,|Oct 6, 2022

    The Wyoming State Bar declined to initiate a disciplinary investigation into Harriet Hageman, a natural resources attorney, in July after another lawyer filed a grievance against the congressional candidate, according to records shared with WyoFile. Darby Hoggatt submitted the complaint after watching Hageman debate Rep. Liz Cheney on June 30. During the televised event, Hageman downplayed the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and said there were “serious questions about the 2020 election.” “As a licensed attorney in the State of Wyoming, I bel...

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