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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Dave Dodson discusses why Senator Elizabeth Warren has lost her mind by proposing the government use a regulatory chain saw to break up companies just because they are successful
Will the economy tank? Corporate earnings are off and consumer and corporate debt are at all time highs; the economy has been fueled by debt, not productivity gains, which is bad news for everyone. Dave Dodson discusses the economy with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business.
David Dodson discusses talks with China
What does the Fed's announcement that it will stop raising rates mean? With an overheated economy fueled by debt (not productivity gains), we may have trouble ahead. David Dodson speaks with Yahoo Finance about the recent Fed Minutes.
Dave Dodson speaks on KTWO about ranked choice voting.
Dave Dodson comments on election reform.
Dave Dodson comments on rank choice voting.
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.
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.”
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.
Dave Dodson discusses Huawei, the trade talks with China, and the implications of potential Chinese spying on 5G rollout worldwide with Neil Cavuto.
Dodson comments on the trade war with China.