Ruth Conniff


David Michael Miller

The iPhone maker’s plant in Wisconsin will reportedly generate 3,000 to 13,000 new jobs with an average salary of $53,000, plus benefits. But the company’s track record is troubling. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

Conservative Justice Michael Gableman pushed through a proposal to hide administrative court proceedings from public view. In doing so, he treated two women justices from the liberal camp, who are far more distinguished than he is, with contempt. more

Jun 27, 2017 1:15 PM Opinion 13 Comments


David Michael Miller

Ruth Conniff has long promised to take her kids to a Spanish-speaking country. For reasons both personal and political, she says the time is right to spend a year in Oaxaca. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 5 Comments


David Michael Miller

Scott Walker’s budget is designed to promote individualism over community, and to unwind public services and the whole idea of the public good. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:12 AM Opinion 1 Comments

Appalled by Trump’s gaffes, scandals and ill-conceived executive orders, progressives are waging a persistent rebellion across the land. One key to making sure the movement lives on: “Keep giving people something to do.” more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Up until the bitter cold struck, people were sleeping outside the Veterans Museum. The city of Madison has made some progress addressing homelessness, but the awful reality is present every day. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

For progressives, the real challenge is to push back against a vision of society that says kids should only get as much health care, education and opportunity as their parents can afford. more

Dec 8, 2016 12:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

When we are done obsessing over Donald Trump, we progressives need to get back to building a majoritarian movement. We got a glimpse of what that might look during the Capitol protests, and in the Sanders campaign. That potential is still there. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Do conservatives endorse seeking donations from wealthy donors in exchange for special favors? Do conservatives think political campaigns should be free to coordinate with outside groups? Leaked John Doe documents force these questions. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion

The school board Aug. 15 declined to vote on a proposed referendum authorizing Madison schools to exceed state-imposed revenue caps. It meets again on Aug. 29 — this will be the board’s last opportunity to get a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Republican takeover of Wisconsin government has been devastating to progressive values. But while the GOP is in a national meltdown, the state party is still strong. Meanwhile, the Dems still don’t have a state ground game. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 5 Comments


David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker and 11 other Republican governors want Congress to allow them to drug-test recipients of food stamps. We already know that drug testing welfare recipients was a waste of money. But policy outcomes are the point. more

Apr 21, 2016 12:29 PM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Many people are understandably appalled by rhetoric spewed by Republicans, both now and in the past. But rather than change their tune, Republicans have settled on trying to keep their political opponents from voting. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

​Wisconsin was once known for a model civil service system that ensured good public services. Now patronage will reign. more

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

How can we improve our public schools while having to defend them against right-wing attacks that threaten their very existence? more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Republican leaders are systematically dismantling decades of clean government in Wisconsin. Goodbye, Midwestern nice. Hello, Newark. more

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM Opinion

Progressives need to start talking about what we stand for: great public institutions that serve the common good. more

Oct 2, 2015 10:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

​Protesters from #BlackLivesMatter have been critical of Bernie Sanders, yet his message speaks to racial and economic inequality. Can he help unite black and white justice activists? more

Aug 21, 2015 9:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

​Walker’s budget reflects the two main themes of his political career: the destruction of public institutions and the elimination of public accountability. more

Jul 17, 2015 8:15 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

One of the most striking themes to emerge from the current, destructive era in Wisconsin government is a pervasive and toxic contempt for women. It was the backdrop to Gov. Scott Walker’s initial attack on public employees, including teachers. more

Jun 11, 2015 8:15 AM Opinion