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Citizen Dave: Snapping off a few shots in the Wisconsin Capitol

Remember the aftermath of last spring's Capitol protests? Once the place was cleared out, they installed metal detectors at the entrances. Or, for some time, the entrance (singular), I guess. Some found that too restrictive in terms of giving the public access to what is the symbolic center of the Wisconsin democratic (small "d") universe. >More
 Citizen Dave: Time to move forward on the Edgewater

We're going to suspend Ideas Friday this week to deal with yesterday's decision by the Court of Appeals to side with a lower court ruling in favor of how the city of Madison handled the Edgewater decision. >More
 Citizen Dave: Wisconsin sportsman calls for new approach to gun laws

I understand guns. I don't hate them. But I don't see my guns as the bulwark of democracy either. The debate over guns is as passionate as it is because it goes to Americans' varying definitions of what freedom is. When I think of freedom I think of the First Amendment, not the Second. I believe that the pen is mightier than the sword and that the blog is stronger then the 30.06. >More
 Citizen Dave: The first thing we do, let's praise all the lawyers

If we took Shakespeare's famous advice about lawyers seriously, there would be a lot more people dead after the attorneys went. Last week's horrific spectacle of Moammar Gadhafi being apparently beaten to death is a stark example of what happens when a mob takes over from the rule of law. >More
 Citizen Dave: Three reasons I like Fighting Barack Obama's chances now

A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was concerned that President Obama had alienated his base by not appearing to stand up for progressive policies. I wrote that his reelection would be a fight, and that people would only fight for a fighter. Now I'm feeling better about the president's chances, for three reasons. >More
 Citizen Dave: Is the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission about to die?

Despite a talented and hardworking staff and a good bunch of citizen commissioners, the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission is in a world of hurt these days. There are even calls for its elimination. I don't think that would be smart for the fastest growing county in Wisconsin, though. Let's mend it, not end it. >More
 Citizen Dave: Ideas Friday with Leave the Leaf in Madison

Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have given me more time this fall, you'd think I wouldn't mind raking some leaves. But the truth is I hate raking leaves. Happily, it turns out we can be good to our environment and a little more lazy at the same time by leaving more leaves closer to where they fall. >More
 Citizen Dave: Madison connects to the world through its sister cities

Every time I get a chance to travel outside of the U.S., I'm struck by two things. First, most people really like Americans. The second is that most people are really scared about what our country might do to them. We're like a big lumbering giant, giving the world a cold every time we cough. I think most people outside the U.S. give us credit for generally good intentions, but not so much for understanding our own power and how it impacts others. >More
 Citizen Dave: Why did the Madison Police and Fire Commission limit its options in replacing Amesqua?

When Madison Fire Chief Debra Amesqua retires in January she'll be leaving big shoes to fill. There are lots of people in the department right now who could do that, but why not cast the broadest net possible? >More
 Citizen Dave: Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

As a lapsed Catholic and the son of Deloris Cieslewicz I know a thing or two about guilt and the restorative power of making a good confession. As an alter boy I learned the "Confiteor," with a line that required us to beat our chests as we repeated, "through my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault!" >More
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