Politics & Activism


David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to reduce the size of the Madison Common Council. But that will be an expensive endeavor - and it could hurt our citizen democracy. more

May 23, 2017 12:52 PM Citizen Dave 3 Comments


Baltimore Bloc

For all of their intense nationalism, populist movements are spurring strange alliances, such as that between Erdogan, an Islamic nationalist, and Trump, an Islamophobic nationalist. more

May 22, 2017 1:32 PM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Don’t get me wrong. I still identify as a liberal. I would use the bathroom with an “L” on the door. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the established Democratic-Republican axis is falling apart. more

May 16, 2017 4:30 PM Citizen Dave 5 Comments


David Michael Miller

FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him. The regime cited Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation — as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth. more

May 15, 2017 1:36 PM Democracy in Crisis


Marie Machin

It was like the parking lot of a NASCAR race or a Grateful Dead concert in the 1990s. All of the bootlegged merch signified belonging — they were all pro-Trump or anti-liberal — but it also offered individuality. more

May 8, 2017 10:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

A group of activists is trying to draft Mike McCabe to run against Gov. Scott Walker. Learn more about McCabe, the former executive of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, in a 2016 Isthmus profile. more

May 4, 2017 3:20 PM News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Think back to Inauguration Day. There were those of us who wondered out loud if our system of western liberal democracy could survive Trump. But I hadn’t counted on one thing: massive incompetence. more

May 2, 2017 10:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


Paulius Musteikis

While some grumble that Fred Risser should have long ago passed his seat to a younger person, it’s hard to point to any failings. He hasn’t missed a floor vote in 50 years, and his mind is sharp as ever, despite some self-admitted senior moments. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

Parisi is out, but Milwaukee businessman and Democrat Andy Gronik is pondering a challenge to Gov. Scott Walker. He has no experience, but he’s rich. So he must be qualified. more

Apr 26, 2017 5:00 AM Madland 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Since the election of Donald Trump liberals have taken to calling themselves “the resistance.” But that’s not accurate. It’s also a posture harmful to American democracy. more

Apr 25, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 6 Comments


David Michael Miller

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been met with protests at every turn — first the Women’s March, then the airport sit-ins, then the general strikes. Now, scientists and climate activists are taking a turn. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Tim Cullen abruptly announced he would no longer run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Was it truly the evil of fundraising? Or did he think his spirit of compromise doomed him among partisan voters? more

Apr 11, 2017 9:00 AM Citizen Dave

As progressives huddled on social media in the wake of the 2016 election, a new grassroots activist group was formed with the goal of launching a tea party-style movement to stop President Donald Trump’s agenda. more

Apr 6, 2017 12:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

The failure by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare has implications for how Democrats should handle the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. more

Mar 28, 2017 8:14 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

There’s no shortage of Democrats believed to be mulling a gubernatorial run in 2018. Citizen Dave believes former state Rep. Spencer Black could be better than all of them. If only he can convince him to run. more

Mar 21, 2017 9:00 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Protests have their place. But for me it’s all about winning elections. Policy is made inside those big white buildings — not outside, on the streets. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


Lauren Justice

Before he was elected judge, Everett Mitchell made his mark on Madison as a pastor and a social justice activist. Now that he’s on the bench, he’s continuing his community involvement because he says it makes him a better, fairer judge. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM News

Appalled by Trump’s gaffes, scandals and ill-conceived executive orders, progressives are waging a persistent rebellion across the land. One key to making sure the movement lives on: “Keep giving people something to do.” more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Democrats have to start winning again. And Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is up for re-election in November 2018, is already under attack from the GOP and its allies. Her liberal base needs to trust her political instincts and get her re-elected. more

Feb 7, 2017 8:24 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

The Women’s March in Washington brought out a half-million protesters. Nearly 100,000 turned out for a similar march in Madison. These protests might soothe the liberal soul, but they don’t help expand the base. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 5 Comments