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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: We got a bang out of Rhythm & Booms

After two decades, the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display is passing from its founder, businessman and philanthropist Terry Kelly, to another organization, Madison Festivals, Inc. >More
Citizen Dave: Bikes mean freedom, joy and business

They love us in Ontario. Madison has a well-deserved reputation, not only in the U.S. but in Canada as well, for being a city that works hard and tries new things to help bicycling. >More
Citizen Dave: The Immaculate Bracket

I am not a spiritual person, except when it comes to March Madness. After many years of filling out brackets, I've reached the conclusion that the only way to succeed is to remove yourself from all rationality -- well, except for the idea that a Mo. 16 seed might ever beat a No. 1 seed -- and just select the first team that pops into your head. >More
Citizen Dave: Aging leadership makes change harder for Madison schools

There has been a lot of ferment recently around the Madison school district. Some of that's understandable. We're a community that cares deeply about education and, besides, there's bound to be some churn whenever there is a change in leadership. >More
Citizen Dave: Hope for Pope Francis

They could have done a lot worse. At the very least they picked a guy who gets mass transportation. Yesterday, the College of Cardinals chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to lead the Catholic Church. Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, rode the bus to work in Buenos Aries, though it has not been reported if he paid his own fare or had a special Vatican ride-for-free card. >More
Citizen Dave: Sit Russ! Sit!

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson announced that he would seek a second six-year term when his first tour ends in 2016. The "citizen senator" apparently likes Washington a lot. Enough to announce his reelection bid 43 months in advance. There is a rumor floating around that the man he defeated, our own beloved former Senator Russ Feingold, is thinking about coming back for a rematch. I hope he doesn't, and here's why. >More
Citizen Dave: Machiavelli lives in House of Cards on Netflix

There's nothing more gripping than a political drama revolving around the maneuverings of the third most powerful man in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's a testament to the writers of the Netflix serial House of Cards that they have made it riveting. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with Obama and the GOP noshing, the cardinals conclaving, Rand Paul stalling, and Jennifer Cheatham moving

President Obama and several Republican senators went out to dinner together at a nice Washington restaurant to talk about breaking the budget impasse. Everything went great until the check arrived. They're still there arguing about who picks it up. >More
Citizen Dave: Two challenges for the next University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor

This may be the first time in history that a search for a new UW-Madison chancellor has run concurrent with the conclave in Rome to select a new pope. If I had to choose, I'd pick being chancellor over being pope. No, the outfits aren't as cool, it's not a lifetime appointment, and your word most definitely is not taken as infallible. >More
Citizen Dave: Ray Harmon's life was nothin' but net

It's not often that you leave a memorial service feeling better than when you arrived. But that's the way Dianne and I felt after leaving a service for our friend and my former mayoral aide Ray Harmon in Milwaukee last night. Ray died last week at age 46 after a life long struggle with a weak heart. >More
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