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Citizen Dave: Republicans pay for their Faustian bargain

The Republicans have one man to blame for the predicament they find themselves in: Faust. When the tea party movement was just emerging after the passage of the new health care law, it was more or less non-partisan. >More
 Citizen Dave: I trod the boards again in Paragon Springs

Many of you know about my acting career. I've done both live theater (A Christmas Carol, Our Town, Ragtime, The Putnam County Spelling Bee) and film work (Chad Vader, Gio's Garden promotional film). My performances have earned widespread praise. >More
 Citizen Dave: John Steinbeck got it right -- Wisconsin is a lovely place

For me, the last few weeks have been a Wisconsin road trip of epic proportions. I spent two weeks as a volunteer for the National Park Service, giving tours of the Sand Island lighthouse in the Apostle Islands. I came back to beautiful Madison for a few days, and then headed northeast for the Door County Century bike ride. >More
 Citizen Dave: Compromise and flexibility are at the heart of America

Today is the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. It is the product of a long summer of compromises, and has proved to be a flexible document, adaptable to issues that couldn't have been imagined when it was written. >More
 Citizen Dave: I am an island

They say no man is an island, but I've found that you can get pretty close. A week ago, I got back home from two weeks as a volunteer lighthouse keeper on Sand Island, pretty much the western most of the twenty one islands in Lake Superior that form the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. >More
 Citizen Dave: 9/11 did not kill American cities

It was a day exactly like today. A clear blue, bright and sunny Tuesday. When the first plane hit the North Tower, I was getting coffee at Michelangelo's coffee shop on State Street. As I walked the block and a half to my office at the Churchill Building, I ran into a state senator I knew who said, "Did you hear about the disasters?" >More
 Citizen Dave: Two Weeks in Review... Special convention analysis from someone who wasn't paying attention

You'd have to have spent the last couple of weeks on an island someplace not to have noticed the major party conventions. So, I did. Until Tuesday, I was on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore pretending to be a park ranger. >More
 Citizen Dave: Bill Clinton makes the case for sanity in politics

I love Bill Clinton. So do most Americans. His popularity rating is near 70%, which is why even Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan are trying to use him as a contrast to President Obama. If only Obama were more like Clinton, they say. I have not heard them mention how their party impeached him and crucified him when he was president. >More
 Citizen Dave: Welcome to Madison, and to the rest of your life

For about 6,000 eighteen-year-olds, the boot camp of adulthood has just started. Right now and over the course of the next few weeks, University of Wisconsin freshmen are experiencing true independence for the first time -- with all the exhilarating and terrifying things that go with it. >More
 Citizen Dave: A new labor movement

It's Labor Day, and more than ever it's time to think about how labor moves forward. The labor movement has to change with the times. So much of the policy, posture and rhetoric of the movement was forged in brutal fights during the industrial unionizing era. That point of view made sense for then, but times have changed. >More
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