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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: My first venison dinner of the season

It was fate. The other night I came home to find a postcard from the Wisconsin DNR. The doe I shot on the first day of gun deer season in November had tested negative for chronic wasting disease. >More
Citizen Dave: Let's drop the 'student-athlete' pretense for big-time college sports

When now-former Wisconsin Badgers football coach Gary Andersen unexpectedly caught the last train for the West Coast, one of the reasons suggested by pundits was that the UW has tougher academic standards for its players than a lot of other schools. >More
Citizen Dave: A lack of strong leadership is dooming Judge Doyle Square

In my view, good politicians keep their political capital balance just slightly in the black. Politicians who do nothing but hoard political capital may be popular, but they accomplish little, while those who are profligate spenders of it find themselves out of office and unable to accomplish anything. >More
Citizen Dave: Ferguson, body cameras and black incarceration in Wisconsin

Outside of Bobby Kennedy's impromptu speech upon the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I don't think I've ever heard or read a white liberal say anything useful about race. >More
Citizen Dave: Mayor Soglin's budget veto threat is good theatrics but bad government

There are two problems with Mayor Paul Soglin's threat to veto the city's 2015 budget, one substantive and the other strategic. >More
Citizen Dave: On being the loyal opposition

With the fall elections (mercifully) behind us it's time to look forward to local elections next spring. As we get ready for that, Isthmus editors have asked me to state why I think it's important that I share my criticisms of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. So, here goes. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin Democrats can look forward to 2016

I'm still sifting through the wreckage of last week's election. I promise this is the last time I'll write about it for awhile. After all, deer season is almost upon us! >More
Citizen Dave: Forthrightness is the prescription for what ails Democrats

The darkest moment in the 2014 midterm campaign was when Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, refused to admit that she had voted for President Obama. >More
Citizen Dave: Voters who show up will decide the race between Burke and Walker

Woody Allen was right when he said that showing up is 80% of life. That has never been more true than when it comes to turnout in the race between Mary Burke and Scott Walker for governor of Wisconsin >More
Citizen Dave: Mary Burke's life experience is much more diverse than Scott Walker's

A last-minute attack from the Walker campaign and its conservative allies against Mary Burke brings up an interesting issue. Do we expect our leaders to never have failed at anything? >More
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