Michael Cummins


David Michael Miller

As a libertarian-leaning conservative living on Madison’s isthmus, Michael Cummins is used to being the odd man out. But he thinks his views are sometimes misunderstood, and he’d like to clear up any misconceptions. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

It is premature to panic about the loss of civil liberties under President-elect Donald Trump. But vigilance is good. And those concerned should keep an eye on the military — the true, final arbiter of government affairs. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

President Barack Obama has disappointed many by running a tightly controlled administration that is often closed to the press. Journalists expect the same or worse from Hillary Clinton, who is on track to win the presidency. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Since the early 2000s, states across the country have been pulling back from the more punitive measures passed in the 1980s and 1990s. Now it’s time for truth in sentencing to also go. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

A Donald Trump ally has gotten a lot of press claiming that the GOP rigged as many as five elections in Wisconsin. But an examination of the analysis finds there’s no smoking gun. more

Aug 22, 2016 2:05 PM Madland 6 Comments


Joeff Davis

My hopes for the convention were fairly realistic. I wanted to see concerted resistance to Trump, even if it were merely symbolic. If my party was going to lie down before a demagogue, it should let America know that it was doing so grudgingly. more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments



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Joeff Davis

Ted Cruz stole the headlines on Wednesday night by failing to endorse Trump in his convention speech, which was greeted with boos. His appeal that people vote their “conscience” got two very different reactions. more

Jul 21, 2016 10:00 AM News




Michael Cummins

Under a heavy police presence, Cleveland is unusually calm. And the #NeverTrump movement quietly expires. more

Jul 20, 2016 11:39 AM News





Michael Cummins

On the first day of the 2016 GOP convention, our man in Cleveland is denied access to the main event—but finds plenty of action on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, encountering both bikers and Christians for Trump. more

Jul 19, 2016 9:49 AM News



Isthmus columnist Michael Cummins left Madison Sunday for Cleveland. He'll be sending daily dispatches from the convention. Check daily for updates. more

Jul 17, 2016 9:00 AM News

The “raw” wage gap ratio between men and women is about 77 cents to the dollar. But that is an aggregate statistic, comparing all female full-time workers to all male full-time workers. It does not even account for variations in profession. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments