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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Soccer and the culture wars

I watched the United States and Portugal played to a tie in the World Cup. Well, to be precise, I saw the last fifteen minutes or so of the match, which is the most soccer I have ever watched in one sitting. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick is right -- it's time to move on

In a new Isthmus article by Joe Tarr, he quotes Ald. Scott Resnick on the city's politics: "We could have a conversation about Madison that doesn't involve Dave and Paul. We don't have to have the 'Paul position' or the 'Dave position.'" He's referring there to current Mayor Paul Soglin and former mayor me. >More
Citizen Dave: Driverless cars will change everything

There's a spirited debate going on right now about new smart phone-based services that operate in ways similar to taxis. As Isthmus has reported, the traditional taxi companies make the case that Lyft and Uber unfairly compete with their heavily regulated industry, although you could also argue that those regulations reduce competition. But wherever you come down on that debate, you ain't seen nothin' yet. >More
Citizen Dave: Republicans are digging themselves a deeper hole on same-sex marriage

There's an old axiom in politics that goes like this: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." For many years, the Republican Party has taken shameless political advantage of intolerance toward gay Americans, steadfastly working to enshrine discrimination against them in our laws and even in our state constitutions, including here in Wisconsin. >More
Citizen Dave: June 6 and the moral arc of history

Some days you're proud to be an American. Today, June 6, is one of those days. >More
Citizen Dave: Life without my smart phone

I forgot my phone the other day. Left it on the kitchen counter. I spent the entire day without it. Miraculously, I was able to function and to survive. >More
Citizen Dave: Is it time for the Idaho stop?

Okay, admit it. When was the last time you approached a quiet intersection with a stop sign, looked every way, saw no traffic... and still came to a complete stop on your bicycle? Can't ever remember doing that? Well, I'll be honest. Neither can I >More
Citizen Dave: As we Ride the Drive, let's get some gender equity in biking

In the United States, about one out of four bike riders is female. But in Germany, that figure is 49% and in the Netherlands it's 55%. And the trend in the U.S. isn't good. >More
Citizen Dave: It's never too late to learn how to clean fish

I try to kill a lot of stuff: deer, ducks, turkeys, and fish of various kinds. In point of fact, I actually end up killing very little of anything, not for lack of effort but for a shortage of skill. >More
Citizen Dave: Why the left still needs to change its language and stories

A lot of people liked my Isthmus op-ed about the left needing to update its image. I know because they told me. A lot of people hated that column. I know because they wrote letters to the editor. >More
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