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David Michael Miller

When you have a president with an approval rating below 40 percent, odds are good, even if Republican Paul Ryan wins. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

When it comes to voting, UW-Madison students have regularly reigned Big Ten champs. But UW-Madison’s prospect for holding onto that voting title has been significantly handicapped by the state’s new voter ID law. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM News

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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

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David Michael Miller

Big money is coming out to defeat incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein is backing Kevin Nicholson in the Republican primary; Beloit businesswoman Diane Hendricks is supporting Leah Vukmir. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

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David Michael Miller

All of a sudden there are more than a dozen Democrats set to challenge Gov. Scott Walker or thinking about it. That’s a good thing. A contested primary will strengthen the eventual victor. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

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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

Scott Foval admits he screwed up by running his mouth about political dirty tricks to a Project Veritas operative. But he says everything shown in the videos is simply a lie. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

The governor’s race is just one of the important midterm elections coming up in 2018. Democrats have a shot at picking up some seats, but they need to get on it! more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

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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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Dylan Brogan

Jill Karofsky wins contested judge race, Fitchburg has a new mayor and only one political newcomer elected to the Madison Common Council. Voters also select Kate Toews and Nicki Vander Meulen to join the Madison school board. more

Apr 5, 2017 11:55 AM News

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

Fitchburg mayoral candidate, Jason Gonzalez, offers to send Isthmus a picture of former client’s penis when asked about alleged violations of attorney conduct. more

Mar 17, 2017 3:14 PM News

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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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Justin Sprecher

Isthmus moderates mini-debates between the candidates for the Common Council’s five contested races. Ald. Maurice-Cheeks and challenger Steve Fitzsimmons differ sharply on policing, while Ald. Zach Wood and John Terry Jr. talk housing. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget is an obvious re-election ploy: new funding for public schools and an eventual tuition cut for UW System. This means Democrats can now focus on other issues in 2018. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

Six candidates are running to fill two seats on the Madison school board. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM News

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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

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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

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David Michael Miller

Midterm elections usually hurt the president’s party, but even a national Democratic wave does not guarantee the governor’s office. While Dems need rural voters for a victory, the party should not rule out Madison or Milwaukee candidates. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments