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.

The Boston Globe: Better border policy is possible without a wall

By: Dave Dodson, Resident of WY and former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

Congress and President Trump must reject the political deal being suggested by some to trade an extension of DACA (the program for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children) for $5.6 billion to build a border wall; it does nothing to address our fundamental immigration issues. Such a deal will give policy makers an excuse to claim political victory while avoiding the difficult work of crafting the comprehensive solution that Americans are demanding.

Casper Star Tribune: Supporting veterans is done with action, not parades

By Dave Dodson, Casper Start Tribune contributor and former candidate for U.S. Senate

When you run for office in a small state like ours, you get to meet a lot of people. One of them was Frank McGowan of Cheyenne (who asked me not to use his real name), who over a cup of coffee explained to us how he’d lost both his legs in service to our country in Vietnam.

CNN: To Hold Facebook Accountable, Stop Calling it a Tech Company

CNN: To Hold Facebook Accountable, Stop Calling it a Tech Company

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to CNN. The views expressed in this article are his own.

"Senator, we run ads." That's what Mark Zuckerberg told Senator Orrin Hatch earlier this year during his congressional testimony when asked to describe Facebook's business model.

The 84-year-old senator was later mocked on social media for not understanding modern technology. But I'd argue that the wily senior senator understood Facebook's business quite well. Hatch was simply getting Mark Zuckerberg to say it out loud.

Casper Star Tribune: Republicans Must Heed the Lesson from the Midterms

Casper Star Tribune: Republicans Must Heed the Lesson from the Midterms

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to the Casper Star Tribune and 2018 Candidate for U.S. Senate.

Jim Collins, one of the gurus of modern business, identified that high-performing organizations understand the importance of “confronting the brutal facts.” Here is the brutal fact for us Republicans: America handed our party a trouncing which had little to do with Donald Trump and everything to do with what happens when the party in power doesn’t get stuff done.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Open Letter to My Former Primary Rival, Sen. Barrasso

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and 2018 Candidate for U.S. Senate.

Sen. John Barrasso and I were rivals in a tough Republican primary fight this year, from which he emerged as the victor, for which I congratulate him.He went on to win the general election over Democrat Gary Trauner last week, which got me thinking about my hopes for Sen. Barrasso’s next term, and the goals he and I share for our country and state.

This is my open letter to him on that subject.

The Boston Globe: For many Americans, the Democrats and Republicans are both losers

The Boston Globe: For many Americans, the Democrats and Republicans are both losers

By Dave Dodson, contributor to The Boston Globe

Republicans spin the midterm election as a split decision and historically normal, while Democrats declare it a repudiation of President Trump. Neither is true. Walking the streets of Wyoming as a recent Republican candidate for US Senate, in the state ranked the fourth worst in the nation economically, I came to understand that voters turn to partisan rhetoric because it’s not that easy to say, “I’m trying really hard, but this is not working for me. And no one seems to care.”

Fortune: Here's the Real Reason Doug Jones Beat Roy Moore in Alabama

Fortune: Here's the Real Reason Doug Jones Beat Roy Moore in Alabama

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to Fortune.

After the surprising result of the special election for Alabama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, the pundit class is buzzing about the implications for the future direction of each political party. But the ideologically driven conclusions those pundits keep reaching are inward-looking and wrong.

The Hill: GOP is Addressing Tax Cuts and a Pension Bill that Could Help Coal Miners

The Hill: GOP is Addressing Tax Cuts and a Pension Bill that Could Help Coal Miners

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to The Hill Opinion section. The views expressed in this article are his own.

For a sweeping bill crafted and presumably shaped by lobbyists seeking favor on behalf of the very rich, there is one set of rules. For a carefully crafted, bi-partisan-supported bill designed to help increasingly desperate retired coal miners, there is another.

The difference in how the two bills are being treated in Congress reveals much about how economic policy is prioritized in Washington, and whether our Senators and Congressmen are more loyal to voters or their campaign contributors.

The Boston Globe: The Tyranny of the Tax Bill

The Boston Globe: The Tyranny of the Tax Bill

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to The Boston Globe.

“Taxation without representation is tyranny!” was the rallying cry 244 years ago when a crowd of Boston patriots dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. But if those same freedom-loving colonists lived among us now, they’d have a strong lesson for us: America is suffering the same tyranny today.

Earlier this month House Speaker Paul Ryan released the tax bill, written in secret by the Republican Party, with 429 pages of proposed changes to the tax code. He then pressed the members of Congress to vote on it in 13 days. They did what they were told. Without floor debate, or thoughtful review, nearly every Republican representative came out in support of 429 pages they almost certainly never read.

Fortune: Why Corporate Tax Cuts Won't Raise Wages

By: Dave Dodson, Conservative contributor to Fortune.

House Republican leaders are selling their one-sided tax reform to middle America on the promise that once their plan becomes law, companies will pay less in taxes and generate higher profits—and therefore raise the wages of their employees. It’s then, they tell us, that the working class will get their share of the pie.

Reality says otherwise.