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Dave Cieslewicz

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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 5 Comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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David Michael Miller

I once had faith in the big blue glacier — growing numbers of Hispanics and millennials combined with strong participation by women and African Americans would put Democrats in power. But the November results have forced me to revisit that idea. more

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

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David Michael Miller

Last week’s unseasonably warm temperatures reflect the impacts of climate change that are not so nice: flooded coastal cities, destructive storms and brutal heat waves. more

Feb 28, 2017 6:00 AM Citizen Dave

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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

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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 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

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

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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

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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