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Citizen Dave: Mary Burke's life experience is much more diverse than Scott Walker's
A last-minute attack from the Walker campaign and its conservative allies against Mary Burke brings up an interesting issue. Do we expect our leaders to never have failed at anything? >MoreCitizen Dave: A little conventional wisdom a week out from the 2014 election
I will not attempt to make any predictions here. I will not play the partisan. I will just let you know what I've read and what I've heard from the political insider types I hang around with sometimes. >MoreCitizen Dave: Joe Parisi shows leadership on Dane County 911
It's rare when a public official steps up and says that he wants to take on a controversial problem. But that's exactly what Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is doing with his proposal to take direct control over the county's long-troubled 911 emergency dispatch system. >MoreCitizen Dave: Elroy-Sparta Trail threatened by open pit mine
When Scott Grenon's in-laws opened the Tunnel Trail Campground near Wilton 44 years ago, they knew that being small business owners meant taking a risk. But it wasn't just a spur of the moment decision. West Bend residents, but frequent visitors to the new Elroy-Sparta Trail, they could see the potential in business coming from trail riders who wanted a nice spot to camp before and after their ride. >MoreCitizen Dave: Wisconsin AG candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are weak or worse on gun violence
I recently wrote about the disappointing websites of Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel, on which neither want to address to of the issues facing the office: drunk driving and high incarceration rates for African American men. There's a third issue that one candidate is all but ignoring, and I wish the other would ignore: guns. >MoreWisconsin attorney general candidates duck top issues on their websites
One measure of a good politician is his or her willingness to forthrightly address the most important issues faced by the office they are seeking. And in the modern age there's no better way to judge what candidates want to put forward than a visit to their websites. Of course candidates answer questions, but there's a difference between what they say when prompted and what they offer on their own. >MoreCitizen Dave: It's time to repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has all but settled the law on gay marriage, essentially declaring that bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, Wisconsin should get started on wiping an ugly smudge off its own state constitution. >MoreCitizen Dave: Same-sex marriage and the culture wars
It's becoming a rout. The culture wars are drawing to a close and the liberals are winning. The latest ruling (well non-ruling, really) from the U.S. Supreme Court underscores what's happening. >MoreCitizen Dave: What to do before flying United through O'Hare
I just got back from a brief trip to Ontario. I left Friday afternoon and returned late Sunday. I spent four hours at my destination. I spent nine hours sleeping over two nights. I spent six hours driving. I spent four hours in the Toronto airport. I sat fourteen hours at O'Hare. >MoreCitizen Dave: More Mary Burke plagiarism revealed!
Following the lead of those dedicated scandal-mongers in the hard-working Wisconsin Capitol press corps, I've scoured Mary Burke's policy document and discovered even more stolen phrases from other candidates. It just gets worse and worse. >MoreIf Mary Burke plagiarized, Scott Walker did it worse
The Republicans are huffing and puffing about a few paragraphs in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's economic development plan that were gleaned from similar plans of other candidates. They're going so far as to demand that Burke withdraw from the whole shooting match over this. >MoreCitizen Dave: Brewers fans will have to wait 'til next year
As the Milwaukee Brewers slog through the final days of the season, I have a few random observations... random as much of the team's play has been over the last month or so. >MoreCitizen Dave: Reinstatement of voter ID in Wisconsin messes up my Election Day plans!
I like to vote, and I was planning to do so early and often this November. >MoreCitizen Dave: USDOT does what it can for biking and walking
While I was attending last week's Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced an initiative to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. >MoreCitizen Dave: Good cities need more streets that 'fail'
How do we measure a successful street? Well, traditionally we've allowed traffic engineers, focused on moving cars, to create that measure. They've developed a grading system for streets called "Level of Service" or LOS. >More