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Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... Why the DNC isn't investing in Wisconsin

Revised job numbers apparently show that Wisconsin gained about 30,000 jobs since Scott Walker took office. And it gets worse for Tom Barrett, because Walker can legitimately claim that he is responsible for every one of those jobs. A closer look at the numbers shows that they were all created at Ian's Pizza during the Capitol protests. >More
 Citizen Dave: Ron & Katie and Scott & Carol

Here's some news. Politics doesn't have to be divisive. Last night, I was invited to a meeting of Reach Out Wisconsin, a loosely formed group of Wisconsinites of various political stripes who want to prove that you can disagree without being disagreeable. >More
 Citizen Dave: The costs of college

Why do we view a K-12 education as so important that we require it and offer it free of charge, but in an increasingly competitive world, we are making it harder to go beyond high school? When I came here to go to school at UW-Madison in 1979, my tuition was eight hundred and some dollars. >More
 Citizen Dave: Win one for the gaffer

It seems to be in the nature of Barack Obama to see all the nuances. He has a mind that seeks out the views of the other side, and he is constitutionally inclined toward compromise. These are admirable qualities in a human being. But sometimes you want a guy like Joe Biden. The Vice President has had a long career in politics marked by bluntness and blunders. He's the gaffer-in-chief. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... Fake Dems, Salem Witch Trials, and mandatory steroids for the Brewers

There was big state political news this week. You know what I'm talking about. That's right. The Gladys Huber juggernaut. I hardly need to tell you, but The Gladys was the Fake Democratic candidate for governor and she sent shock waves through the political world by pulling down 0.7% of the primary vote for governor on Tuesday. >More
 Citizen Dave: Don't stop texting at council meetings

The State Journal has started an interesting discussion about the use of text messaging and emails between alders, staff and lobbyists during council meetings. In the interests of open government, here's what I think should be done about it: nothing. >More
 Citizen Dave: Tom Barrett can do this

Tom Barrett was on fire last night. Through virtually all of his political career, Barrett has suffered the bad rap of being a nice guy without sufficient "fire in the belly." The guy won tough races for State Assembly, State Senate, Congress, Milwaukee Mayor, and came close in two grueling previous campaigns for governor. Nobody achieves all that without copious amounts of energy and drive. >More
 Citizen Dave: Prescriptions for better political discussion -- stop whining and turn off the screamers

On a historic primary election day, it's a good time to consider the nature of political discussion around here. There was a concern among a lot of Democrats that a gubernatorial recall primary would be bad for the party, but it turned out to be a pretty civil affair. In the end, the nominee will be better off for the ability to sharpen their message, and for having kept Scott Walker's attack machine more or less at bay for a few weeks. >More
 Citizen Dave: Where's the discussion of urban policy?

Unless you were Scott Walker, the Democratic debate on Friday night was a display of Wisconsin nice. The candidates stuck to the issues, and Walker and pretty much left each other alone. For those who were worried that a primary would result in a big split in the party, that's not happening. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... Walker prints money, Newt gets suspended, and, whatever you do, don't go

The big news reported this week is that Scott Walker will officially have more money than God in the recall election. As a matter of fact, God called Walker this week to see if he could spot Him a couple of bucks. >More
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