Ohio farmers have already lost President Trump’s trade war

Ohio farmers have already lost President Trump’s trade war

The trade war’s long-term legacy will be felt by our farmers for a generation. Because when President Donald Trump miscalculated that he could tweet out a 280-character tariff threat and bring China quickly to its knees, he unwittingly set in motion an expansion of soybean capacity that will permanently change global production and prices.

It's Time for Wyoming to Make Some New Friends

It's Time for Wyoming to Make Some New Friends

Donald Trump has his work cut out for him in 2020, leaving Wyoming staring down the possibility that in about a year, not only will one or both houses of Congress be controlled by the Democrats, but the Oval Office as well. Which means that with our deep reliance on energy policy and half of our land controlled by the Federal government, we need to start making some friends across the aisle provided we care more about our state than we do about scoring points on Twitter.

NY Times: Why Do We Let Political Parties Act Like Monopolies?

NY Times: Why Do We Let Political Parties Act Like Monopolies?

When Senator Mike Enzi, Republican of Wyoming, announced his retirement this month after four terms in the Senate, he set off a wave of political speculation similar to what we might expect from the retirement of a Supreme Court justice. After all — they’re both lifetime appointments.

Washington has given up on health care reform. Now it’s up to us

After President Trump instructed the Justice Department this past winter to support a Texas ruling invalidating the legality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, he then correctly suggested that the GOP get serious about the No. 1 problem facing Americans: “The Republican Party will become The Party of Healthcare!” he tweeted. But within days, Republican Congressional leaders said that while they were fine invalidating the Affordable Care Act, they had no intention of working on a replacement.

Casper Star Tribune: After the Coal Mines Are Gone

Casper Star Tribune: After the Coal Mines Are Gone

This week’s announcement of the Cloud Peak Energy bankruptcy brought me back eleven years ago to when I visited the Appalachia region where my grandfather and great-uncle once mined the coal that fueled America’s industrial expansion. In much the same way that today our energy needs are shifting, years earlier America shifted its energy appetite from the anthracite coal of my father’s mines to bituminous coal, and I wanted to learn what became of the schools, main streets, playgrounds and hospitals after the coal mines were gone.

The Boston Globe: The Price of Partisanship

The Boston Globe: The Price of Partisanship

Early in my 2018 campaign for US Senate, I found myself beside a rack of shotguns in Wheatland, Wyo., where a father told me that his son had been diagnosed with diabetes. The father was on Medicaid and disability. He had no insurance for his son, and during the past decade the price of insulin had risen 300 percent. For him, the choice was groceries or health insurance. “I don’t know what to do,” he admitted to his son. “No one cares about us little people.”

The Denver Post: The special counsel was a mistake that only divided us

The Denver Post: The special counsel was a mistake that only divided us

By Dave Dodson, former Wyoming candidate for U.S. Senate and faculty member with the Stanford Graduate School of Business .

The Special Counsel missed the point. It’s clear that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, but America would have been better off investigating how to protect our election process and defend democracy.

Laramie Boomerang: The Green New Deal and the Grand Old Party

Laramie Boomerang: The Green New Deal and the Grand Old Party

By David Dodson , a former Wyoming U.S. Senate candidate and and regular contributor to the Laramie Boomerang.

Youth support for the Green New Deal’s energy policies coupled with the projected shift in voter party alignment provide a glimpse into the political future awaiting Wyoming.   

Casper Star Tribune: The GOP needs a new priority—healthcare

Casper Star Tribune: The GOP needs a new priority—healthcare

By: Dave Dodson, Contributer to CST and former candidate for U.S. Senate

The Wyoming GOP listed its three top priorities during our most recent legislative session as eliminating “party raiding” in primaries, requiring that the weight and gestation of aborted fetuses be recorded in a public record and defeating a bill to raise state revenue through a retail tax.

Fox Business: Trump pressured to finalize China trade deal after North Korea talks falter

Dave Dodson told FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto on Friday the U.S. still has a long way to go before finalizing a trade agreement with China and that talks are not in America’s favor like many suggest.

WyoFile: Want to make Wyo. elections fair? Follow these two steps

WyoFile: Want to make Wyo. elections fair? Follow these two steps

Note: Also published in WyoFile, Casper Star Tribune, and Laramie Boomerang circa Feb 15, 2019

The current legislative initiatives advocated by Foster Friess and the Wyoming GOP to limit voters’ ability to switch party affiliation is understandable but misguided.

The proposed bills in the state Legislature — SF160 – Change in political party affiliation-2 and HB106 – Party affiliation changes — will disenfranchise one-third of Wyoming voters, and does not solve Friess’ actual problem.