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.

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.

Laramie Boomerang: Lying Is Becoming A Staple Of Our Politics — It Could Be The Undoing Of Our Democracy

By: Dave Dodson, Contributor to the Laramie Boomerang and former candidate for U.S. Senate

I was 12 years old when my sister and I walked into the South African hotel lobby with our parents and saw Richard Nixon’s face on every news magazine. My family may have been the last Americans to learn the President of the United States had resigned, as we’d been on a college study trip and had no access to news for weeks. When I asked my mother why he quit, she told me: “Because it’s not OK to lie and be President.”

Casper Star Tribune: The Lesson from the Government Shutdown

By Dave Dodson, Contributor to the Casper Star Tribune and former candidate for U.S. Senate

The government shutdown that left 800,000 without a paycheck tells us nothing about our country’s differences over immigration reform and everything about our government’s inability to deal with the easy stuff. While the leaders of both political parties have tried to place blame for their collective failure at the feet of the other, Americans are smarter than that. We know the embarrassment of the last month is not about 215 miles of steel fencing but instead about systemic failure in Washington, D.C.