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Tuesday, January 27, 2015  |   Madison, WI: 25.0° F  
CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
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
Citizen Dave: If the Milwaukee DA has anything on Walker, he should charge him now

Governor Scott Walker is now paying $160,000 for nothing. The governor has said repeatedly that he is not the target of a John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County, yet his campaign has transferred another $100,000 to his legal defense fund, bringing the total amount dedicated to defend him against nothing to $160,000. >More
Citizen Dave: Replace United execs with glasses guys from Warby Parker

I know that many of you have been breathlessly waiting to learn of my decision regarding my new glasses. The overwhelming consensus was that my stylish large glass frames were more Mr. Magoo than Clooney, and that they should be replaced with ones that made me look less idiotic. So, I put the wheels in motion to do just that, and the result was a lesson in customer service. >More
Citizen Dave: The thrill of mediocrity at the Madison Marathon

I ran my second half marathon on Sunday, the main event in this year's Madison Marathon as the full race was canceled due to heat. Combined with the half marathon I ran in 2009, this gets me to a full marathon over my lifetime. Thanks. Thanks. It was a lot of work, but it feels good. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... Tear up your couches!

Karl had no idea it was there! Talk about his lucky day! Karl thought maybe Leo Burt had been stowed away there, but 800 coconuts?! Whoa! >More
Citizen Dave: Are my glasses too big?

I bought my last pair of eyeglass frames about twelve years ago. I got them on sale at a place on State Street. It turned out they were on sale because fashion was headed in a different direction and, as is often the case, I was catching the wave just as it had reached the shore and was in the process of flattening out and gently easing back into the sea. But I didn't care. >More
Citizen Dave: My speech to UW Urban and Regional Planning graduates

A few years ago I was invited to give a commencement speech for Edgewood College graduates. I wasn't invited back. In fact, I was never again asked to give a commencement speech anywhere. I guess word got around. But on Saturday night, I did give a "keynote address" to the graduates of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison. >More
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