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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, from Pat and Vanna's margaritas to waste, fraud and abuse in the Walker administration to the excitement that is Mitch Daniels

It was the week for the State Ofs. President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. I thought he did a good job, but the real excitement was the Republican reply by Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. >More
Citizen Dave: It was wrong (and dumb) to try to shout down Walker

Those in the audience for Governor Walker's State of the State address who tried to shout him down were wrong to do it, and they hurt the cause of the recall. >More
Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week... expand Madison city revenue through tax-exempt land

As always, I took home a lot of interesting ideas from the Mayors Innovation Project's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. last weekend. Let's start with an idea that comes from Boston regarding tax-exempt land. Fifty-two percent of the land in Boston is occupied by tax-exempt property, almost exactly the same as Madison. That's not surprising when you think about it, as Boston and Madison are both home to state government, large universities, large hospitals, and a host of nonprofit organizations. >More
Citizen Dave: City policy geeks gather for the Mayor's Innovation Project meeting

If you listen closely to mayors talk about their cities, you'll hear their sentences spiced with the possessive. They talk about "my" streets department and "my" parks as if they personally owned the roads and green spaces. It's an easy habit to fall into, and one I was guilty of as much as any of them. >More
Citizen Dave: President Obama wins the South Carolina GOP primary

The winner of Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary was President Barack Obama. While Mitt Romney will almost certainly still win his party's nomination, the best reality show on TV -- the Republican primaries -- rolls on now with four stubborn contestants still on the island. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... from Miss America to Mitt's pin money to Vetgate, but not to the Packers

A lot happened this week, but of course the big news was that Miss Wisconsin is now Miss America! She's also from Kenosha, which is home to Tenuta's deli and grocery store. So now there are three good things that have come out of Kenosha. >More
Citizen Dave: Mitt Romney, Elizabeth Warren, and the politics of envy and equality

One of the neat tricks that the Republican Party has pulled off flawlessly since Reagan is to convince average Americans that their interests are the same as the wealthiest of all Americans. Republican politicians are trained, whenever confronted with the inconvenient truth of growing income inequality, to utter the magic words "class warfare." >More
Citizen Dave: Walker recall petitions filed, now what?

I'm not ready for a commitment. It's not you, Democratic candidates for governor, it's me. With more than a million signatures filed to force a recall of Gov. Scott Walker and 845,000 to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, the question turns to who will be the Democratic candidates against them. Let's not decide that just yet. Here's why. >More
Citizen Dave: WIAA's 'March Madness' helps connect Madison with the rest of Wisconsin

You might no longer have to endure all those pimply-faced kids in their team jackets trying to look cool on State Street in the early spring. Madison might also not have to endure their parents and the $10 million or so they bring to our economy every year. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is seriously considering taking its tournaments to Green Bay, outside of the capital city for the first time in almost a century. >More
Citizen Dave: James Crow, a quiet genius

I didn't know him well, but what I knew about him I liked. James Crow was a name on my supporters list. This meant that he was sentenced to get a call from me once every year or two asking him for money. I dreaded making "money calls" more than anything else about being a politician. It was degrading and just plain awful in every way. But Jim Crow was unfailingly polite, upbeat and pleasant and he always said yes. Except for the last time I called him about a year ago. >More
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