Dave Cieslewicz


David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker has essentially said that he would support a $190 million annual tax increase on Wisconsin residents. Let’s meet him halfway and accept that tax increase — but look at an alternative for how we want to invest it. more

Aug 15, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Now that the idea to name the City County Building after President Barack Obama has been shut down, I have a suggestion. Hint: He’s a longtime, respected civic leader who has been on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ rights. more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM OPINION

Wisconsin taxpayers would subsidize each Foxconn job $230,000 to $1 million. These jobs would pay a third of what a family of four needs to live in the middle class. Plus, Foxconn would be allowed to move streams, fill wetlands and pollute waterways. more

Aug 8, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 12 Comments

Rather than lavishing expensive gifts on big corporations that don’t need them, Wisconsin would be better off investing in public education at all levels, in infrastructure like roads, rail and high-speed internet, and in environmental protection. more

Aug 1, 2017 10:46 AM Citizen Dave 6 Comments


David Michael Miller

Before legalizing pot for recreational use, let’s see how it plays out in other states. Impaired driving is the top concern. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Democratic Party does not lose elections because voters are too dimwitted to understand how great the party’s policies are, and it doesn’t lose elections because of race or gender. more

Jul 18, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 8 Comments


David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin made a sloppy mistake right out of the gate. If he’s serious about running for governor, he needs to step up his game. more

Jul 11, 2017 9:57 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

Madison’s city flag, designed in 1962, includes a Pueblo Indian sun symbol that is meant to represent the state Capitol. Some see this as cultural appropriation and want the design changed. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 6 Comments

No doubt about it, the 45th president has put America to the test. The good news is that our system of checks and balances is working. Happy Independence Day! more

Jul 4, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


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 3 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