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Citizen Dave: Pay musicians

Today is the first Make Music Madison, a daylong celebration of the summer solstice with varied musical performances popping up at over 100 places around the city. It's something that started in Paris, where I got to experience it when I was there in 2008. It's a great idea and the people who worked hard and volunteered their time to make it happen deserve a lot of credit. >More
 Citizen Dave: Wisconsin Assembly Democrats retreat to advance

At first blush it didn't make sense to me. The Wisconsin Assembly Democrats surprised everyone -- especially the majority Assembly Republicans -- by not offering any amendments to the Republican-written train wreck of a state budget. >More
 Citizen Dave: A hole in one in three

I had planned to spend all this week writing about economic development and beating the bejesus out of the Republicans. But we can return to that tomorrow. They'll still be there. For right now, there's big breaking news that I must report: I hit a hole in one! >More
 Citizen Dave: Wisconsin conservatives are killing jobs, boosting Minnesota

Minnesota is levitating. The state is lifting away from Wisconsin and heading off into the 21st century while Wisconsin is working hard to reestablish the economy and social mores of the Dark Ages. Simply put, the backward policies of Governor Scott Walker and the illegitimate Republican majorities in the Legislature as well as the bought-and-paid-for-by-big-business state Supreme Court are driving Wisconsin's economy down the tubes. >More
 Citizen Dave: Madison's economy is better than Forbes rankings say

A year ago, Forbes released its annual "Best Places for Business and Careers" rankings. Madison, which once ranked as high as fifth out of the 200 cities on the list, came out 89th last year. We were ranked 60th in 2010. The 2013 list from Forbes should be out any day. >More
 Citizen Dave: Take my lawnmower, please

The Eton Ridge Lawnmower Cooperative needed to make a new capital investment. After about ten years, our reliable Black & Decker electric mower needed to be replaced. So, the cooperative (two families on Eton Ridge) bought a new model and kicked the old one, literally, to the curb. >More
 Citizen Dave: The awkwardness of once having been mayor

Yesterday evening I found myself on the Memorial Union Terrace. I was having a high level policy meeting there. Turned out that it was opening night for the fancy new beer counter, which I just happened to walk up to right at the moment that the first brews were being served. >More
 Citizen Dave: Hash browns and life

Last week, I was called up north to help restore the ecological balance on a lake that had become overstocked with walleye. After all, between limnology recovery missions, guys have to eat. So we did. Three times a day for three full days. During all of that I had only one assignment. One measly thing to get right: I was in charge of the hash browns for the fish fry. >More
 Citizen Dave: There is hope for Democrats in Wisconsin

All this week I've been reflecting on the state of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin leading up to this weekend's convention. I think there are a few things that anyone would have a hard time disputing. >More
 Citizen Dave: Democrats will have to figure out how to win without unions

The big public employee unions are not the political power houses they once were. The sooner the Democratic Party of Wisconsin comes to grips with this reality the sooner it can recover its footing. The Citizens United decision was a huge blow to democracy. It essentially said that money talks so loudly that it deserves protection via the First Amendment. >More
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