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Citizen Dave: The sacred day

Today is the sacred day, the quiet Friday before the opening of Wisconsin gun deer season. It's one of my favorite days of the year. Today is all about preparation and the gathering of friends. >More
 Citizen Dave: Real labor calls out elitist Edgewater opponents

Yesterday, I wrote about the recent setback for the Edgewater redevelopment, and how I perceived an element of elitism in some of the arguments against the project. Now, in a letter likewise issued on Wednesday, Steve Breitlow of the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin laid it on the line for Mayor Soglin and the alders who voted to kill the Edgewater funding and the jobs that would have come with it. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Madison daily newspapers offer not enough and too much of nothing

One of the pleasures of being out of public office is disregarding completely the wrath of those who buy ink by the barrel or hold an FCC license. So, occasionally in this space I'll critique the Madison media. This is likely to provoke some pushback, as it has been my observation that editors who are quick to criticize others in their editorial pages and stories are just as quick to take deep offense at the least bit of criticism thrown back in their own direction. >More
 Citizen Dave: Elitism and the Edgewater

Let's step back and think about the meaning of the latest setback for the Edgewater project, and what it might mean for the development of our city and for the working families who would have benefited from the project. Frankly, it's a stretch to say that this proves that Madison can't put two bricks together. >More
 Citizen Dave: The lark ascending, over Wisconsin and the Walker recall

I drove up to Sauk City this morning to retrieve my deer hunting rifle from Gary the gunsmith. Gary tightened some screws on the old 30-06 and got it to shoot straight enough for this season, put on a new strap, and oiled it up. But, he explained, this Remington model was made with a fatal flaw that will eventually cause the gun to jam and require me to spend four or five hundred dollars on a new used rifle some day. But not today. >More
 Citizen Dave: LaMarr Billups, a man of integrity and principle

Had he wanted to do it, we would have had a Mayor LaMarr Billups administration over the last eight years instead of mine. When I started to think seriously about running for mayor in 2002, there was only one potential candidate that would have kept me out of the race. It wasn't Paul Soglin; it was LaMarr Billups. >More
 Citizen Dave: Ideas Friday... shrink Thrive to make it thrive

What does Madison have in common with Janesville? Janesville is a fine city with a beautiful downtown full of historic buildings, and its people have a proud tradition of hard work. That's true of Madison as well, but the comparison pretty much ends there. >More
 Citizen Dave: Honoring World War II veterans through Honor Flight

Last Saturday, on his 85th birthday, my father got on a plane at 5 a.m. and flew to Washington D.C. But he wasn't alone. My oldest niece's husband, Sgt. Mark Felix, and about 100 other World War II veterans and their guardians accompanied him. They toured the World War II Memorial, the memorials to the U.S. Marines (Iwo Jima), Vietnam, and Korea, as well as the Lincoln Memorial. They watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they flew back home, arriving around 10 p.m. >More
 Citizen Dave: Why the Overture Center should get another $500k

The Madison Common Council should pass an amendment to provide another $500,000 to the Overture Center when it comes up for a vote next week. It's not only the right thing to do -- I'd say it's a moral obligation. But, first, as my friend Ald. Tim Bruer would say, a little history. >More
 Citizen Dave: The decentralization of everything

Quick. Who's the national leader of the Tea Party movement? Of Occupy Wall Street? While conservative think tanks and fundraisers are certainly doing what they can to steer the tea partiers, and while Democratic politicians would love to get closer to OWS, I don't think any of us can name one identifiable front-person for either of the most potent political movements of the hour. >More
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