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David Michael Miller

From high-speed rail to a wild fruit cave (whatever that is), we count down your favorite stories of 2015 that weren’t actually from 2015. more

Dec 30, 2015 12:00 PM News


Eric Tadsen

News and opinion dominated the list. Bill Lueders and Dave Cieslewicz were page-view hogs. more

Dec 29, 2015 9:00 AM News

In a race that nobody could predict, nobody had any explanations for the outcome. In his quest for a third straight term, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was unseated by former mayor Paul Soglin by a slight margin. Early unofficial results showed Soglin eking more

Apr 6, 2011 5:46 AM News


Phil Ejercito

When Paul Soglin is asked why he's running for mayor once again after two earlier stints in office, he cites his love for Madison and tells an anecdote involving his wife, Sara, who encouraged him by saying "You're happiest when you're mayor." Soglin more

Mar 24, 2011 2:00 PM News

After joining forces over the weekend to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and challenger Paul Soglin returned to the campaign for a debate at Meriter Hospital's auditorium Monday night. more

Mar 8, 2011 3:03 PM News


Bill Lueders

As protesters chanted and marched in the cold across the street, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and former mayor Paul Soglin squared off at a debate Wednesday, presenting divergent assessments of the city's health and future. more

Mar 2, 2011 9:58 PM News

After coming in second to two-time former Mayor Paul Soglin by a narrow margin, incumbent Mayor Dave Cieslewicz appeared before a small group of supporters Tuesday night at Marigold Kitchen just off the Capitol Square. more

Feb 16, 2011 6:08 AM News

Paul Soglin calls it a huge problem. Under Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, he alleges, the city's budget has become "structurally unsound." He compares it to (gasp!) the state's. "The state of Wisconsin has enormous structural budget problems," says S more

Feb 3, 2011 3:00 PM News

One wag describes the difference between the two main contenders for Madison mayor as follows: "Paul Soglin will punch you in the face, but Dave Cieslewicz will stab you in the back." The speaker prefers the former approach, which shows a willingness more

Jan 13, 2011 3:00 PM News

Paul Soglin's entry into Madison's mayoral race presents fresh avenues of analysis, given that both he and incumbent Dave Cieslewicz are prominent local bloggers. Soglin, who was Madison's mayor for a total of 14 years, has been writing Waxing Americ more

Jan 6, 2011 3:00 PM News

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz breaks bread -- or, in this case, breaks yolks -- with Paul Soglin, former mayor and Cieslewicz's opponment in 2003. more

Jan 26, 2009 6:46 PM News

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz made one final proposal at the meeting last week. He wants the city of Madison to withdraw from the Alliance of Cities, a statewide lobbying group. more

Sep 25, 2008 2:00 PM News

The number of adults that Dane County sent to Mendota Mental Health Institute spiked 77% last year. The state-run facility took in 271 adults from Dane County in 2007, compared with just 153 in 2006. more

May 8, 2008 3:00 PM News

Several years ago, when Dave Cieslewicz was first running for mayor, I asked some members of his campaign for a copy of his NCAA basketball tournament picks, so as to compare them to those of his opponent at the time, former Mayor Paul Soglin. They r more

Mar 24, 2008 5:56 PM News

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz spent last week in Japan, but that doesn't mean he was out of touch. In fact, while he missed the city council's major meeting on the Allied Drive redevelopment, he still found time to lobby Ald. Larry Palm on the issue. more

Jan 28, 2008 10:03 PM News


David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget doesn’t serve up the usual red meat for far-right Republicans. Instead, it’s designed to shore up the governor’s lagging support in rural Wisconsin in preparation for his run for a third term. more

Feb 21, 2017 9:13 AM Citizen Dave

Now that automated vehicles have broken through to Super Bowl advertising, it’s only a matter of time before they start appearing on our streets. The city might want to get ahead of the curve here. more

Feb 14, 2017 2:59 PM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Republicans control the state Assembly, state Senate, governor’s office and state Supreme Court, though it’s technically a nonpartisan body. How did it get this bad? Dave Cieslewicz goes looking for answers. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 7 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 1 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

Sure, the Republicans redrew Wisconsin’s electoral districts in a way that ensures GOP dominance. But Democrats need to stop whining about it and figure out ways to win. more

Jan 31, 2017 9:06 AM Citizen Dave 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin roads need help. So do our schools. But neither looks like it will get much help in the upcoming state budget. more

Jan 24, 2017 9:32 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

There are at least three ways that we can deal with the reality of Donald Trump and the simmering politics of resentment that elevated him. We can try to ignore it, we can get angry or we can try to understand it. more

Jan 19, 2017 12:43 PM Citizen Dave 3 Comments

Congressman Ron Kind has won no less than 11 elections to represent his rural district in southwest Wisconsin. His family has deep roots in that part of the state. He might be the ideal Democrat to run against Scott Walker. more

Jan 10, 2017 11:11 AM Citizen Dave

Bobby Kennedy was authentic and able to combine breathtaking idealism with bare-knuckled politics. Liberals might do well to take a look back at his approach. more

Jan 3, 2017 8:00 AM Citizen Dave


Art by David Michael Miller

For starters, there are more liberals than conservatives. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost three million votes. And the country’s younger, more diverse, population is growing. more

Dec 26, 2016 5:00 AM Citizen Dave

Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton won, right? Undeterred by his misfires for 2016, Dave Cieslewicz confidently forecasts the big news of 2017. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Madison responded indignantly and accurately to Sean Duffy’s outrageous comments. Unfortunately, that’s just what the former reality star hoped for. more

Dec 20, 2016 6:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

How die-hard fans feel about the Packers or Badgers might help explain how populists feel about their countries. It’s a spirit reflected in the election of Trump and passage of Brexit. more

Dec 13, 2016 10:15 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Democratic Party has suffered one crushing defeat after another. And yet it is sticking with the same leaders and same message. more

Dec 6, 2016 10:12 AM Citizen Dave 7 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Democrats are losing elections because they don’t have an effective narrative. They need to revive the Bill Clinton playbook. more

Nov 29, 2016 8:16 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

Not only does Donald Trump’s business experience not prepare him for the presidency, but it’s actually a significant disadvantage. There’s over two centuries of democratic institutions, practices, protocols and the wiliness of bureaucrats to overcome more

Nov 22, 2016 9:57 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

There is a growing liberal consensus on issues of immigration, reproductive rights, climate change and gun safety. But the positions taken by our elected officials depart radically from the consensus. more

Nov 15, 2016 8:00 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Given the Republican wave that swept Donald Trump to the presidency, it sounds almost ridiculous to suggest the Democrats have a shot at the governor’s office in 2018. But it’s possible. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


Joeff Davis

No matter how you slice it, the success of Donald Trump means that a sizable portion of United States citizens feel ignored and left behind. Our leaders need to deal with that. more

Nov 7, 2016 10:46 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


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