Russ Feingold

The former Democratic senator from Wisconsin. Running for the same seat in 2016.


David Michael Miller

Given the Republican wave that swept Donald Trump to the presidency, it sounds almost ridiculous to suggest the Democrats have a shot at the governor’s office in 2018. But it’s possible. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


Dylan Brogan

Russ Feingold supporters thought they had victory in the bag. Then along came Trump. more

Nov 9, 2016 8:09 AM News

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says if Wisconsin voters sense victory for Hillary Clinton, they might just give him another term. more

Oct 20, 2016 12:00 AM News 2 Comments


Allison Geyer

In Madison, voters love Bernie Sanders. And some still wish he could be president. Now that he’s asking his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton, will they listen? more

Oct 5, 2016 5:30 PM News


David Michael Miller

Russ Feingold kept the National Rifle Association at bay by splitting his votes on gun safety measures. But his support of President Obama’s executive order on background checks reflects the candidate’s appeal to liberal voters. more

Jan 13, 2016 9:30 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Former Sen. Russ Feingold has a mixed record on gun control. But the gun issue is more urgent than it was six years ago. Liberals should push Feingold on his positions. more

Oct 22, 2015 11:19 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


Rataj Berard

In the U.S. Senate, Russ Feingold became an icon of independence and integrity. Upset in 2010 by Ron Johnson, he now wants his seat back. But can he win playing by the new rules? more

Oct 4, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Nearly half of voters have no opinion about Ron Johnson. That could be the opening Russ Feingold needs. more

Jun 19, 2015 11:45 AM Opinion

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold lost his seat in 2010, but next year will be different. A presidential year will bring out voters who are younger, more diverse and generally more liberal. more

May 29, 2015 1:35 PM Citizen Dave

Russ Feingold is challenging U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson for his old senate seat. This time, Feingold has the calendar on his side. Alan Talaga explains. more

May 20, 2015 5:15 PM Opinion 1 Comments

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is once again getting married. Feingold confirms that he filed a marriage license application Friday in the Dane County Clerk's Office. But he declined to provide any further details. more

Aug 6, 2013 10:20 PM News

In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it's accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to "stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political more

Jul 11, 2013 3:39 PM News

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson announced that he would seek a second six-year term when his first tour ends in 2016. The "citizen senator" apparently likes Washington a lot. Enough to announce his reelection bid 43 months in advance. more

Mar 13, 2013 5:14 PM Citizen Dave


Nayantara Mukherji

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold broke a lot of progressive hearts when he declined to run in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. But even if he had, he says now, the outcome would have been the same. "I wouldn't have won either," he said more

Jul 13, 2012 6:24 PM News

In his book "While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era," Feingold writes about how America lost its way on the international stage after 9/11, squandering an opportunity to unite the world behind democracy and peace. more

Apr 12, 2012 2:00 PM Books


Nayantara Mukherji

In early 2001, then U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) was on a foreign relations trip in Nigeria when he noticed that Osama Bin Laden had a fan following in the country. His face was plastered on postcards and T-shirts, but Bin Laden, who was kil more

Apr 11, 2012 5:07 PM News


Clinton Presidential Library

I happened to be in the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport on the eve of election day, and an older gentleman was seated next to me. The flow of passengers included a number of soldiers; as each one passed my neighbor thanked them for their service. more

Dec 30, 2010 10:00 PM Opinion

For 18 years, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's "not having an act" has been his act. He rolls up his sleeves and shows up at hearing session after hearing session, portraying himself as a "maverick" limited only by the constraints of his own conscience. Des more

Oct 7, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Even given the trends of recent years, it's been somewhat surprising to see how the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin between GOP challenger Ron Johnson and three-term Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold has gotten so nasty and so personal. more

Oct 7, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

The race for Russ Feingold's Senate seat is officially a toss-up. Businessman Ron Johnson, after winning the Republican primary in a walk, has pulled ahead of Feingold in the polls. Feingold, the 18-year incumbent, is suddenly the underdog. So who is more

Oct 7, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories