Watchdog Nation called leader in Texas battle to fix a broken property tax system

Watchdog Dave Lieber, columnist for The Dallas Morning News, rolled out a major campaign in 2017 against the Texas property tax system. The campaign was called “Everybody File a Tax Protest.” Purpose: to gum up the system with legally-allowed protests and show Texans the unfairness and subjectivity that plagues the state’s big tax collection system. Early […]

Everything you need to know about the Equifax data theft and protecting your identity.

“Watchdog, could you do a column on what steps to take to try to protect those affected by the massive Equifax breach? I want to move forward in trying to protect us, but am not sure what all I need to do.” — Cheryl DeJulius, Plano Right on, Cheryl. Let’s do this. Dave, how bad is […]

Watchdog Nation takes hard look at Flip or Flop HGTV stars’ questionable side business

Man, I am so psyched to meet Tarek and Christina El Moussa of HGTV’s Flip or Flop reality TV show. The couple’s photo is on the front of the invitation The Watchdog receives to a “Private Real Estate Event” at an area hotel. They sign their names inside. Wow. I’m going. As Tarek says on his popular […]

What happened when Watchdog Nation ate lunch with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

My #shameATT campaign on Twitter landed Watchdog Nation in the office of AT&T CEO/Chairman/President/Big Kahuna Randall Stephenson. Hear what happened when we gave him a red binder full of complaints Here’s the story that originally appeared in the Dave Lieber Watchdog column in The Dallas Morning News. A mistake I made about AT&T led me […]

Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber gives TED talk on power of storytelling

Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation works to change the mindset of Americans about how easy it is to fight back and win. The way to do this is with stories that show how others have achieved victory against corporate thugs and scammers. Watch this funny TED talk video and learn how Dave Lieber, The Watchdog columnist for […]

Watchdog Nation Series on Texas Public Schools

Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation plunged into the debate about Texas independent school districts with a series of riveting stories. Catch up on all the education stories here. These stories originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News Watchdog column. Watchdog: Grading schools? Not if school districts can help it How a school district uses its power […]

Part 1: Watchdog’s 2017 Legislative Agenda – Insurance, privacy, electricity shopping, property tax reform

I love the Texas Legislature. You don’t hear those words very often. But ever since I visited for the first time, in 1995, and watched then-Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock work his magic over everyone, I see the lege for the good it does. Who says that these days? #txlege — and that’s actually the official […]

Part 2: Watchdog: Attention state lawmakers – the case for a roofers/contractors license

The other week, I went to small claims court to watch a DeSoto business owner exact revenge on a roofer who relieved him of a $7,700 deposit but provided no roof. The roofer, Lucas Ray Currier, took the deposit money and disappeared. This story makes me sick. The victim is Bong Huynh, a Vietnamese-American who […]

Texas Realtor Tom Grisak Helps Attorney General Fight Bad Company

Note: The following story about Thomas Grisak appeared in the Nov. 3, 2017 Watchdog column in The Dallas Morning News. * For more than 30 years as a Realtor, Tom Grisak from Allen had a spotless record with his clients. He knew of no major complaints against him. Until there was one. An anonymous online […]

Dear Watchdog Nation: A look back at the trouble we caused in 2016

Dear Citizens of Watchdog Nation, You know those annoying holiday letters people send bragging about exotic vacations, their children’s middle school exploits and the sad death of their cat? My partner Marina Trahan Martinez and I can’t resist. Welcome to The Watchdog family holiday letter, in which we lovingly look back and reflect on one […]