Thursday, July 24, 2014  |   Madison, WI: 56.0° F  
CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Baseball and the Underdog Index

I'm still watching baseball. I know. You've moved on with your sports lives. In fact, you may have moved on about the time the Brewers dropped out of the pennant race, which was when the magnolias were still in bloom. >More
Citizen Dave: What will I do with an assault rifle?

The weekend before last, Dianne and I went to the Gays Mills Apple Festival. It's an annual day trip for us. The two-hour drive takes us out Highway 14, then on Highway 60 along the Wisconsin River, and finally up Highway 131 through the twisting hills of southwest Wisconsin, which is for my money the most beautiful part of a beautiful state. >More
Citizen Dave: Mayor Soglin and I

Any functioning democracy needs to have a loyal opposition -- someone or some party that articulates a point of view in contrast to the folks who have the reins of power at the moment. >More
Citizen Dave: Do we really need all that parking at Judge Doyle Square?

On Tuesday, the Madison Common Council overrode the mayor's veto of the Longfellow School development and then refused his request to reconsider the same issue, both by overwhelming votes. This is Paul Soglin's second veto in two years, and the second time he has been overridden by a wide margin. >More
Citizen Dave: Ribald cheer at Wisconsin football games isn't worth fighting against

It happens every year. A new batch of UW freshmen parents attend the first football games of the season. They hear "The Cheer," a call-and-response chant in the student sections that sounds vaguely like "Keep fit!" answered by "Thank you!" >More
Citizen Dave: The government shutdown is undemocratic

Here's the thing to keep in mind about the government shutdown: it's undemocratic. If a straight up or down vote were allowed in the House and Senate on a clean bill that simply kept the government running, it would pass easily. >More
Citizen Dave: The Madison Common Council should override mayor's veto of Longfellow development

Let's say you've got a procedure scheduled at Meriter Hospital on South Park Street. You're a little nervous and the last thing you want to do is find a parking stall before you navigate your way through the hospital to your appointment. >More
Citizen Dave: My new job at the Wisconsin Bike Fed

A week after we graduated from Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, my friends Mike Maierle, Mark Muldoon and I boarded an Amtrak train from Milwaukee to La Crosse. When the train arrived at the Mississippi River that hot summer afternoon, we unboxed the bicycles we had loaded upon departure, reassembled them, and started peddling for home. >More
Citizen Dave: Pope Francis gives us some hope for better days

There's a lot of bad news in the world right now. Syria, government shut downs, flu season on the way, the Packers. You don't usually look to the Catholic Church to be the bright spot in your day. >More
Citizen Dave: Fortitude and discretion in the wrong mix

Sometimes politics is about the right mix of fortitude and discretion. Right now, each party is giving us a lesson in how to get it wrong. >More
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