Politics & Activism


David Michael Miller

Sitting alone, for hours, in the woods, brings up thoughts about stability and, conversely, upheaval. Liberals might want to spend more time thinking of ways to make other people’s lives more stable and predictable. more

Nov 15, 2017 1:09 PM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

All the prosecution needed to establish was a conspiracy to commit any crime, including “conspiracy to disrupt public congress.” This could refer to any protest at any time. more

Nov 13, 2017 10:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 2 Comments

Jason Gonzalez has been recommended for a public wrist-slapping over five counts of professional misconduct as a lawyer. In March, Gonzalez told Isthmus, “You better report that I beat the charges when this gets a hearing.” more

Nov 6, 2017 3:32 PM News


David Michael Miller

Things were so quiet and respectful, it seems like I was not the only one snoozing through fascism. But last week, a group of 50 professors and academics wrote a letter of condemnation. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

New Yorker writer calls Trump the most consequential president since George Washington, saying the president has “totally [changed] what’s going on on this continent in a couple of months.” more

Oct 24, 2017 9:32 AM News


David Michael Miller

President Trump recently rolled back Obama-era reforms that required employer-based insurance policies to cover birth control. True believers’ next target: cancer screenings. more

Oct 17, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave


Nessa Kessinger

Trump’s flirtation with racism and white nationalist groups is not new. But the precise mechanisms by which the administration and ally media outlets like Breitbart act as bridges to normalize hate groups is becoming increasingly clear. more

Oct 16, 2017 1:58 PM Democracy in Crisis

The response to the progressive mom who was distressed by her son’s turn toward left-wing extremism at college left some other readers distressed. more

Oct 16, 2017 5:00 AM Tell All 4 Comments

Ald. Mark Clear may face an ethics complaint for not disclosing his stock ownership in Exact Sciences, a Madison tech company that recently won city support to develop a new laboratory and warehouse. more

Oct 13, 2017 3:05 PM News 1 Comments

Post-Las Vegas, some gun advocates are supporting a ban on bump stocks. But what is really needed is a ban on semi-automatic weapons. more

Oct 10, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 6 Comments

It seems like everyone is lost in some form of magical thinking at the moment, digging deep into their favored minutiae and ignoring everything else. more

Oct 9, 2017 4:59 AM Democracy in Crisis


From candidate campaign reports

What does it cost to win a seat on the Dane County Circuit Court? For Judge Jill Karofsky, elected in April, it took a $100,000 consultant and self-financing her campaign to the tune of $168,500. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The National Rifle Association has been successful by opposing even the most reasonable restrictions on gun ownership, while fighting for increasingly liberal gun laws. Now it’s time for those looking to curb gun violence to get extreme as well. more

Oct 3, 2017 11:41 AM Citizen Dave 9 Comments


Anson Stevens-Bollen

If there is a single Trumpian ideology becoming clear after a chaotic nine months in office, it is white supremacy. And there is no way that will not color an election in the Deep South. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:54 PM Democracy in Crisis

Trump is finding it’s not so easy to build his promised wall. But there is one exception: it would be relatively straightforward to build a three-mile wall along a federally owned wildlife refuge. more

Oct 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

In a free-flowing speech at UW, Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan talks about moonshot speeches, a reverence for the democratic process, and when ex-presidents should wade into contemporary political issues. more

Sep 30, 2017 9:18 AM News

If our state leaders really cared about jobs and really understood our primary advantages — relative climate change security and clean water — they would be working to strengthen protections for our water, not eliminate them. more

Sep 26, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave

To go along with their new half-ironic religion, they created a purely digital (and imaginary) country called Kekistan and after the election they made Trump their God-Emperor. And they started getting flags made. more

Sep 25, 2017 4:36 PM Democracy in Crisis


Dylan Brogan

The vandalism was found on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Holiday services are slated for Wednesday evening and Thursday. more

Sep 20, 2017 10:43 AM News 15 Comments


David Michael Miller

Proceed with caution. This speculation comes from a guy who confidently predicted that Hillary Clinton would edge out Marco Rubio for the presidency last year. more

Sep 19, 2017 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments