U.S. Senate candidate wants to put Wyoming first

Gillette News Record (July 31)

Near the end of 2017, Dave Dodson looked at the shape of Wyoming and the United States and wasn’t happy with what he saw. He said he grew tired of the U.S. Senate getting nothing accomplished and believed Sen. John Barrasso. R-Wyo., wasn’t putting Wyoming first.

So the 57-year-old businessman from Jackson decided to run for Barrasso’s seat, and if elected, said he intends to get things done.

Dodson, who calls himself a “Reagan Republican,” said senators have become more interested in “creating enemies” than creating solutions.

“We have 100 senators that have become experts at yelling at each other, and that’s not the America that I remember,” he said during a Monday interview at the News Record. “We used to work together. We could have different approaches to solving problems, but we always were Americans first.”

He said he wants to get things done for Wyoming families and in order to do that will have to cooperate with people who have opposing viewpoints.

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Barrasso widens money lead with out-of-state backing

WyoFile (August 7)

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso raised $2.7 million for his reelection campaign in the last three quarters, only 5.5 percent of which appears to come from Wyoming-based donors.

Wyoming individuals and political action committees donated $152,270 to Barrasso in the last quarter of 2017 and the first half of 2018, according to WyoFile calculations from FEC filings. Filings are current through June 30.

The 5.5 percent of Wyoming-based contributions marks an uptick in the portion of contributions from his home state compared to the beginning of the 2017-2018 election cycle. During the first three quarters of 2017, Barrasso appears to have raised only 2.2 percent of $2.9 million.

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With Barrasso absent, U.S. Senate challengers square off

Casper Star-Tribune (August 2)

Sen. John Barrasso’s podium stood empty at a debate in Casper last Wednesday as four contenders vied for votes to wrest his job: a Home Depot employee, a former priest, a businessman and a former judge.

Barrasso declined to attend the debate because the Senate has extended its session into August. In an opening statement provided by his wife Bobbie, Barrasso said he wanted to be present but his first priority was doing the job Wyoming had elected him to do. He also provided a list of what he’s helped accomplish in D.C., from passing the recent Republican tax cut to upcoming fight to get Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed.

The 11-year incumbent’s absence, however, provided easy ammunition for the Senate hopefuls, particularly self-titled Reagan republican Dave Dodson, who fired quick and often at the sitting senator.

Dodson threw a barb at Barrasso immediately, kicking off a polished performance throughout the night. The senator spent the morning in D.C. hearings to fill Environmental Protection Agency positions more than a year and a half into the Trump presidency, a fact that Dodson said reveals the problem with Washington.

“The real story tonight is that our senator is missing,” he said, arguing that Congress, and particularly Barrasso, has failed to do its job.

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Senate candidate Dave Dodson says he wants to ‘Put Wyoming First’

Kemmerer Gazette (August 2)

Dave Dodson is running for the United States Senate seat that is up for election this year. Sen. John Barrasso currently holds that Senate seat, and is running for re-election.

Dodson spoke on the phone with the Gazette about his campaign platform and what motivated him to run.

Dodson’s campaign slogan is “Put Wyoming First,” and he discussed how that came to be.

“My wife Wendy and I were talking, and I said that I was frustrated that Sen. Barrasso puts donors and his career first,” Dodson said. “I told her, ‘we should put the people of Wyoming first.’ A lot of politicians put themselves first, and  it shouldn’t be that way.”

Dodson spoke about what motivated him to run against the incumbent senator.

“When the Republican party won the White House and the Senate and the House, Trump said we need to fix healthcare,” Dodson said. “Barrasso had absolutely no plan, despite complaining about Obamacare for years.”

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Four candidates vie for Barrasso’s seat in debate

The Sheridan Press (August 2)

SHERIDAN — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso was absent as four candidates made their cases to take his seat during Wyoming’s first U.S. Senate debate Wednesday night in Casper.

Barrasso did not attend the debate due to obligations in Washington. In an opening statement read by his wife, Barrasso touted the passing of the Republican tax cut and the confirmation of conservative judges to circuit courts as the major achievements of his latest term.

Jackson businessman Dave Dodson opened by criticizing Barrasso’s absence and his role in a Congress, failing to fulfill its basic duties.

“It’s a group that has become so impressed with themselves, and so above us, that they can’t get their job done on time,” Dodson said. “And rather than do their job, they elbow their way into the next photo and insult their colleagues.”

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Letter: Fresh-thinking leader needed in U.S. Senate

Cody Enterprise (July 23)

To the editor:

I will make a critical selection on my primary ballot: The choice between a very well-financed (PAC money), smooth talking incumbent politician or a proven business leader who will bring fresh thinking to the U.S. Senate.

I will vote for Dave Dodson.

This year, I have lost trust and confidence in Senator Barrasso’s ability to lead. As chairman of the Senate Policy Committee he is one of the senior senate leaders (on TV standing with Senator McConnell.)

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Dodson's Plan Includes Solutions for Health-Care Costs

Sheridan Media (July 28)

Dave Dodson, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said over the last few years healthcare costs for Americans have gone up by 300 percent.

He said it now appears that the cost of health care for the average family is going to go up by $2,000 this fall.

Dodson said his plan for Wyoming, a 38-page booklet that is available through his website, contains 11 specific proposals to bring health care costs down. Part of the problem, he said, is that the pharmaceutical industry currently contributes money to 95 out of the country's 100 senators.

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Dodson Says He Has Plan for Wyoming

Sheridan Media (July 27)

Dave Dodson, who's running on the Republican ticket for the U.S. Senate, said he's got a plan for Wyoming.

And, he said, his plan gets into specifics.

In an interview with Sheridan Media, Dodson said his plan also includes three specific things we need to do with coal, starting with exports to Japan and South Korea.

On the subject of diversifying Wyoming's economy, he said Wyoming already has a diversified economy.

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U.S. Senatorial candidate Dave Dodson says key to strengthening Wyoming economy doesn’t necessarily mean diversifying

RAWLINS – Most would say Carbon County is home to a respectable amount of economic foundations.

Its persistent high winds have attracted multibillion-dollar wind farms such as Ekola and TB Flats. Its natural minerals support thousands of workers and their families. Its expansive spaces pose some of the finest grazing lands for livestock and wildlife.

That said, with talks of “diversifying Wyoming’s economy” pervading many campaign platforms in this year’s election, U.S. Senatorial candidate for Wyoming Dave Dodson (R-Cheyenne) aims to veer a bit off this beaten path.

“I have a slightly different approach to the economy,” he said on Friday.

Stopping in Rawlins last week – him and his wife, Wendy, have been campaigning throughout the Cowboy State via recreation vehicle – Dodson explained how.

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Candidates for Congress, state legislature attend forum

(July 24)

EVANSTON — Candidates for both U.S. Congress and the Wyoming State Legislature attended the Evanston Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Thursday, June 28, at Evanston’s Roundhouse. Candidates covered a wide range of topics, including education, public land, the state of Congress, redistricting in Wyoming, local economic development, medicinal marijuana and more. 

Two of the seven candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican John Barrasso attended, Dave Dodson (R) and Gary Trauner (D). Two of the five candidates for U.S. House were also in attendance, Rod Miller (R) and Greg Hunter (D). Incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney (R) sent a letter to be read at the event since Congress was in session the night of the forum. 

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