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 […]

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 […]

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 State lawmaker says Texas school board members […]

WATCH: Look at Watchdog Nation’s unusual 2016 Christmas Village

After seeing how he exposes corruption and bad practices in business and government, you’ll see why Dallas Morning News Watchdog Dave Lieber happily loses himself in this newspaperman’s Christmas Village fantasy. #LongLiveJournalism Watch: Dave Lieber’s fantasy Christmas Village looks more like 1959 from Dave Lieber on Vimeo. Season greetings from the perfect little newspaper world (otherwise known […]

In Watchdog Nation, 2015 is our best year ever

To all Citizens of Watchdog Nation! Hear ye! Hear ye! Straight from the founder of Watchdog Nation, here is Dave Lieber’s 2015 annual report to you. Going up against businesses and governments, Watchdog Nation sees more victories than defeats in 2015. Fighting on behalf of Americans for fairness and honesty works. New laws were passed, questionable […]

Watchdog Nation celebrates 3 new consumer laws

Amazing! You did it! Watchdog Nation celebrates the passage of three new laws aimed at helping Texans protect their pocketbooks and their privacy. As readers of the Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News Watchdog column know, The Watchdog asked for your help to push state lawmakers into solving five of the most annoying consumer problems in Texas. […]

Amazing story of Larry Duncan the transmission schemer

Larry Duncan offers cheap transmission repairs. Then he gets your vehicle, takes it apart and tells you it will cost two or three times the promised amount. And he wants you to pay him $2,000 or $3,000 that day. In cash. At his bank. Or he will start charging you $40 a day storage. Can […]