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Citizen Dave: The satisfaction in a wood pile

Most of us in this town make our livings by reading, writing, and going to meetings. I have a theory that career happiness is inversely related to the number and length of the meetings we attend. In any event, I love to read and write and I put up with the meetings, but it's good to get some balance in your life by doing stuff that's physical and tangible. >More
Citizen Dave: What I mean to say about the Walker recall was...

I don't ever listen to talk radio, but I sometimes hear about it second hand. The other day, while enjoying a beer on the Memorial Union Terrace, a friend ruined my evening when he reported to me that right-winger Vicki McKenna was agreeing with one of my posts last week. >More
Citizen Dave: Let's try truly open primaries in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an "open primary" system, but it could be opened up a lot more with benefits to our political culture. Wisconsin's system is "open" only to the extent that you don't have to declare yourself as a Republican or Democrat to vote in that party's primary. But you still have to choose which party's primary to vote in. >More
Citizen Dave: Eat Walker's brats already

In Wisconsin, when a man offers you a brat, you take it from his hand, thank him, apply spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut (but never ketchup) and eat it while drinking his beer. Today, Governor Scott Walker is serving up the sausage of reconciliation. Those who are turning down his invitation are being sore losers, and nobody likes a sore loser. >More
Citizen Dave: We lost because they like the other guy better

What I wrote last week about the recall results wasn't dumb, but I am a little alarmed to see so many Democrats at last weekend's state convention picking up the theme that the only reason they lost was because Wisconsinites don't like recalls. I'm not saying that they're echoing what I wrote. They're coming to this conclusion all on their own and that's the problem. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin is still a progressive state

Let's be gracious in defeat. Congratulate Scott Walker on his victory, and take him up on his offer to be more inclusive after he survived Tuesday's recall election. But let's also remind ourselves that the governor should be more inclusive, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because Wisconsin continues to be a progressive and independent state, not a conservative Republican stronghold. >More
Citizen Dave: Don't move to Canada yet

A couple of month ago, I gave a speech near Toronto. I said that had Sarah Palin won the vice presidency in 2008, we had secret contingency plans to move the entire city of Madison to Ontario. The line got laughs, but I'm sure there's more than one Madisonian thinking seriously along the same lines today. >More
Citizen Dave: The day after the recall

I honestly don't know what to expect tonight. A Walker victory is likely; a Barrett victory is possible. But whatever happens, look, the sun still comes up tomorrow morning. >More
Citizen Dave: Tom Barrett could pull an upset in the recall

If you look at the polls and believe the pundits, what's likely to happen tomorrow is that Scott Walker will survive his recall challenge, but the Democrats will take back one or possibly two seats in the state Senate to regain control of that house of the legislature. While a Tom Barrett victory would be an upset at this point, there are a couple of things worth watching tomorrow that could make this interesting. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... Amercia, Amercia, God shed His grace on thee

Starting with international news, China announced this week that it has had just about enough of the sassy comments about the government on the Internet. So, the government has developed a point system. Everybody gets 80 points to start with and then you get deductions for every snide comments about garbage pickup or taxes or whatever. >More
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