Dave Cieslewicz


David Michael Miller

When the Green Bay Packers were struggling in early 2015, quarterback Aaron Rodgers told his worried fans to chill out. Wisconsin Dems should take note as they sweat over finding a challenger to Gov. Scott Walker. more

Jun 27, 2017 9:53 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments

The Supreme Court has decided to hear Wisconsin’s redistricting case, which argues that the Republicans disenfranchised voters with partisan gerrymandering. Prospects for state Democrats hang in the balance. more

Jun 20, 2017 2:33 PM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

This time it’s not even the Republicans against the Democrats. It’s the Republicans against the Republicans. Polarized politics are now threatening our lives. more

Jun 13, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave


Todd Hubler

The way Wisconsin residents use the outdoors is changing. More people walk, hike and bird watch than hunt. This means fewer dollars to manage our public lands and wildlife. more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

Wisconsin Democrats don’t need a Bernie Sanders-like candidate for governor. They need somebody from northern Wisconsin who knows his way around a deer blind and how to run a business. How about Jim Holperin? more

Jun 6, 2017 12:03 PM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

As Democrats get ready for this weekend’s state party convention, the big question is who will be the next party chair. But party leadership is not the Democrats’ main problem. It’s their lack of a winning message. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

The event in Madison is moving to June. Also, there is no more “community commute” with a news conference. And the part about biking to work is no more. more

May 30, 2017 9:52 AM Citizen Dave


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 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

Former state Sen. Tim Cullen seemed the most serious of the candidates considering a run against Gov. Scott Walker. But the reality of having to beg for money four hours a day was not appealing. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


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

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


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

Citizen Dave, whose day job is executive director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed, makes a shameless plug for the group’s April 20 conference on self-driving cars. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Republican-backed State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler ran unopposed, winning a second 10-year term. Given the fury over Trump and the November elections, a liberal challenger would have had a chance. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 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


David Michael Miller

Some Republican lawmakers want Wisconsin to become a “constitutional carry state” and do away with licensing and training requirements. But the Constitution does not give anyone the right to carry any gun in any manner anywhere at any time. more

Apr 4, 2017 9:38 AM Citizen Dave 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


David Michael Miller

There is a real and growing problem of student debt that has to be addressed in some way, and even converting a 5 percent tuition cut to means-tested programs won’t be nearly enough. Why not pay students to work for their tuition? more

Mar 14, 2017 8:25 AM Citizen Dave