Michael Cummins


David Michael Miller

President Trump has met Kim Jong Un’s childish rhetorical provocations with childish rhetorical provocations of his own. It appears to be working. more

Mar 15, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

Reach Out Wisconsin brings together political opposites. The meetings are not about compromising ideals or values, or even about finding common ground. They are about maintaining social cohesion despite differences. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Preferential tax rates come and go, but the Fed abides, operating largely in the shadows, helmed by financial elites. It is a more powerful engine of economic inequality than a transitory GOP Congress could possibly be. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion

Black English is, in fact, as rule-bound and systematic a dialect as standard English. It is in many ways superior to the language we were taught in school. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Progressives across the country are decrying the free speech policy recently passed by the UW System regents. But they should take note: Disruptive protests help the recruiting efforts of the alt-right. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

Trump is finding it’s not so easy to build his promised wall. But there is one exception: it would be relatively straightforward to build a three-mile wall along a federally owned wildlife refuge. more

Oct 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

Charlie Sykes is dumbfounded by accusations that his opposition to Trump is driven by expediency. While Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus moved into positions of influence, Sykes is out in the cold. “An opportunist goes with the power, not into exile.” more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments


David Michael Miller

What do out-of-staters think of when they are asked what comes to mind when they think of Wisconsin? Cheese. That’s not helping attract well-educated, long-term residents to the workforce. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

There is nothing wicked about people gathering among their own. But what happens once they gather should be of concern to us all. more

Jun 22, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

The city purchased land in the High Point-Raymond neighborhood and constructed a multi-purpose path connecting the Jeffy Trail dead-end to the Ice Age Junction Path. Now the city is intent on destroying that public space over neighborhood opposition. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


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 1 Comments


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

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    Michael Cummins

    Our man in Cleveland found his party’s convention at times “nauseatingly surreal.”

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    Michael Cummins

    Local GOP chair Scott Grabins wants party unity.

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    Michael Cummins

    State Sen. Duey Stroebel, who headed Ted Cruz’s primary campaign in Wisconsin, says "No one man is bigger than the party."

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    Michael Cummins

    Ted Cruz speaks at a rally in Ohio Wednesday afternoon, hours before he spoke to the RNC and pointedly did not endorse Donald Trump.

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    Michael Cummins

    Scott Grabins, chair of the Republican Party of Dane County, says of the convention's flashiness that “production values are important.”

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    Michael Cummins

    Roger Stauter, an RNC delegate from Monona, says the Trump campaign has done nothing to court Republicans who have opposed his rise.