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David Michael Miller

It’s understandable why Tony Evers is branding himself a Plymouth progressive. But I hope someday we’ll have candidates who are proud to run as a Madison liberal. more

Sep 5, 2017 11:17 AM Citizen Dave 5 Comments

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Carolyn Fath

Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Republicans want to borrow money to plug the transportation funding gap; Speaker Robin Vos wants to raise revenue. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser offers his five-step plan for breaking the impasse. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 7 Comments

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Carolyn Fath

David Prosser has been retired from the Wisconsin Supreme Court for nearly a year. A former legislator, he’s now looking deeper into state policy issues and some matters that came before him on the court. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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David Michael Miller

If the playbook worked for Bernie, it can work for Soglin. more

Jun 9, 2017 5:00 AM Madland 6 Comments

The Republican-controlled Legislature shows little interest in allowing medical marijuana. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from pushing for reform. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM NEWS

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David Michael Miller

A tuition tax credit, supported by Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans, has benefited rich families the most. According to state Department of Revenue data, the wealthiest 13 percent of taxpayers collected almost 65 percent of the deduction more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

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David Michael Miller

Parisi is out, but Milwaukee businessman and Democrat Andy Gronik is pondering a challenge to Gov. Scott Walker. He has no experience, but he’s rich. So he must be qualified. more

Apr 26, 2017 5:00 AM Madland 3 Comments

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Chris Winterhack

Wisconsin’s historic preservation tax credit has done more than breathe life into old buildings, its fans argue. It’s also helped create jobs and revitalize rural towns. Will reducing the credit eliminate one of the most effective tax cuts? more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM News 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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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

Wisconsin state legislators are circulating a pair of bills that would move public notices from newspapers to government websites. The move is a bad idea that would harm transparency, democracy and public trust. more

Mar 2, 2017 1:57 PM Opinion 1 Comments

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Todd Hubler

In the past few years, Wisconsin has made it harder to receive unemployment benefits and is aggressively going after workers who make honest mistakes when filing. Is the state trying to eliminate unemployment benefits? more

Mar 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Tony Evers is being challenged by three candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. Although the candidates share some goals, their solutions are vastly different. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

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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

Wisconsin roads need help. So do our schools. But neither looks like it will get much help in the upcoming state budget. more

Jan 24, 2017 9:32 AM Citizen Dave

Congressman Ron Kind has won no less than 11 elections to represent his rural district in southwest Wisconsin. His family has deep roots in that part of the state. He might be the ideal Democrat to run against Scott Walker. more

Jan 10, 2017 11:11 AM Citizen Dave

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources removed language pointing to human-caused climate change on its website. Scientists at UW-Madison debunk the revised language in a public statement. more

Jan 9, 2017 12:16 PM News

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David Michael Miller

A new Wisconsin law restricts the ways that people are allowed to register to vote and eliminates a volunteer program that assisted in voter registration. Critics fear the law disenfranchises many voters. more

Jan 5, 2017 12:00 AM News 5 Comments

Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton won, right? Undeterred by his misfires for 2016, Dave Cieslewicz confidently forecasts the big news of 2017. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion

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David Michael Miller

Madison responded indignantly and accurately to Sean Duffy’s outrageous comments. Unfortunately, that’s just what the former reality star hoped for. more

Dec 20, 2016 6:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments