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Citizen Dave: Tom Barrett's recall election entry good for Wisconsin

I have long held the view that a primary would be good for whoever becomes the Democratic nominee in the recall of Governor Scott Walker. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has now given us that primary. >More
 Citizen Dave: The appeal of Ron Paul

Three thousand people showed up on the Memorial Union Terrace the other day and it wasn't just to enjoy the sunny weather and a beer. They were there to hear GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul and most of them were young. What's going on here? >More
 Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... How dare Obama care?

The big news of the week was the three days of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over the new health care system dubbed "Obamacare" by its opponents. We know that this term is a slam because anytime you put a person's name together with the word "care," it means that they are communists, perhaps socialists, or maybe even Unitarians. >More
 Citizen Dave: Chicago, Madison, and the excitement of building ideas

When I was mayor, I loved to build stuff. We rebuilt streets, we built, two fire stations and a state of the art police training center, we built new bike paths, we rebuilt libraries and improved parks, we built the city's first pool (thanks to the Goodmans), and we rebuilt a whole new neighborhood on Allied Drive. And we planned to build more. >More
 Citizen Dave: Structure is the answer to the Mifflin Street Block Party

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray may have been just speaking his mind when he told the news media recently that he hoped the Mifflin Street Block Party would soon be a thing of the past. It's not an unreasonable position for the chief to take. >More
 Citizen Dave: Dan Nerad has been good for Madison

I wasn't surprised when Dan Nerad announced yesterday that he wouldn't go for another contract as Madison schools superintendent. He was pretty chewed up. I understand why -- Madison values education more than anything. >More
 Citizen Dave: Repeal the castle doctrine before Barney Fife kills again

We have Barney Fifes running around virtually everywhere in America, but there's no Sheriff Taylor to keep them in check. They're carrying high-powered weapons, locked and loaded. And they're killing innocent people. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with the Romney Etch A Sketch, Clintonville horrors, and the Frozen Four

I was a little concerned that nothing funny would happen this week and then, right on cue, Team Romney came through. The Mitt had just won the Illinois primary going away and snatched up the coveted (if chilly) endorsement of Jeb Bush when one of his advisers went on TV to talk about the Etch A Sketch. >More
 Citizen Dave: A gun killed Trayvon Martin

A young African American man walks into a convenience store and emerges with Skittles and an iced tea. In our gun-saturated country that turns out to be an offense punishable by death. >More
 Citizen Dave: Losing the last whisker of credibility

Inspired by the record-breaking warmth, I did some spring-cleaning this weekend. I put up the screens, put out the hoses, hung up my heavy winter bike and dusted off my summer commuter, swept out the garage, and moved some compost around. I also got a haircut and shaved off my beard. It's that last part that has me worried. >More
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