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Citizen Dave: Time to rethink the last of Madison's city residency requirement

Randy Gaber would have made a great Madison police chief. The acting chief pulled his name from the running to replace Noble Wray, apparently in part because he would have to move into Madison from his home just outside city limits. Cities have long had residency rules for their municipal employees, but they have been steadily fading. >More
 Citizen Dave: Driving drunk gets you a pass in Wisconsin politics

Folks, we have a problem in Wisconsin. Not one, but two out of three candidates for Wisconsin Attorney General have come forward to say that they drove impaired by alcohol. >More
 Citizen Dave: Downton Abbey isn't my cup of tea

I'll be honest. I just haven't been able to get into Downton Abbey. Every time I paused in front of the screen to catch a little bit of the show, all I saw was stiffly dressed British people mumbling over their dinners. >More
 Citizen Dave: Mike Bloomberg didn't have to ride a bike to get it

Michael Bloomberg ended his third term as mayor of New York City on Tuesday, spending twelve years in office. Among his accomplishments is a transformation of his city into one that is much more bike- and pedestrian-friendly than the one he found. >More
 Citizen Dave: Stretching political debate to the left

As of New Year's Day 2014, Seattle will have a city council member who identifies herself as a socialist. Good for her and good for Seattle. While I don't identify myself as a socialist -- I'd be what the far left likes to call a "compromiser," and they don't mean that as a compliment -- I've long argued that we need to stretch the boundaries of political debate in this country towards the left. >More
 Citizen Dave: People in Madison with big decisions to make in 2014

We all make decisions. But some of us make decisions that change the direction of the communities we live in. There are a handful of people in this neck of the woods who will make decisions in 2014 that will have a major public impact. Here's a look at several. >More
 Citizen Dave: The ten most important Madison news stories of 2013

I love end-of-the-year lists. Ten best movies of 2013. Ten best new beers. Ten best albums. Celebrities who passed away. And, of course, the top news stories of the year. >More
 Citizen Dave: Liberals need to talk about liberal ideas

Scott Manley is a wise man. The vice president of government relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce was quoted in a State Journal story a week ago saying that "the debate's not going to happen unless somebody starts the conversation." >More
 Citizen Dave: Merry Christmas! (Take that anyway you like!)

One of my closest friends always makes it a point to wish me a Merry Christmas. There would be nothing remarkable about that except for the fact that he's Jewish and he understands that the closest thing I have to a religion is the Green Bay Packers. >More
 Citizen Dave: Why I passed on sewer lateral insurance

If you're like me, you don't give a lot of thought to your sewer lateral. Except maybe lately you have. Ever since a letter hit Madison property owners offering to insure the piece of pipe that connects our homes to the sewer main in the street, I've been getting questions from friends and neighbors about it >More
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