Politics & Activism


David Michael Miller

Trump and Stormy can use pseudonyms to protect privacy. So can cops. But when activists do it, they’re prosecuted. more

Mar 13, 2018 11:41 AM Democracy in Crisis

Wisconsin lawmakers have stripped away power from the State Treasurer for decades. In April, voters will decide whether to get rid of the office altogether. more

Mar 7, 2018 11:19 AM News


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says that law-abiding gun owners “don’t go out and shoot up schools.” He’s wrong. more

Feb 27, 2018 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


Steven Leonard

Patty Schachtner was a good choice and now so is Kriss Marion. The Wisconsin Democratic Senate Committee is on a promising, new path, fielding solid candidates who know their districts well. more

Feb 22, 2018 5:00 AM OPINION 1 Comments

Takeaways from Tuesday’s county board primaries: The race to watch this April is on the isthmus; Kelly Danner is giving 18-year incumbent Al Matano a run for his money; Brent Renteria has the best vote-per-dollar ratio of any candidate. more

Feb 21, 2018 9:50 AM News


David Michael Miller

There have been 18 shootings on school grounds since the first of the year. But the most recent shooting in Florida might be a turning point. That’s because the Columbine generation is coming of age. more

Feb 20, 2018 12:33 PM Citizen Dave 3 Comments


Carolyn Fath

Rep. David Bowen will introduce a bill that would block employers from urine testing for THC or disqualifying people for most jobs based on testing positive for cannabis. more

Feb 14, 2018 3:43 PM News 8 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


Anson Stevens Bollen

The U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped charges against 129 J20 defendants last week — but continues to prosecute journalists and others who have spoken to the press more

Jan 24, 2018 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

A new poll shows Tony Evers in the lead, with Kathleen Vinehout and Paul Soglin following. When it comes to raising money, Mahlon Mitchell and Matt Flynn are doing surprisingly well. more

Jan 23, 2018 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 10 Comments

Steve Bannon had a terrible week. And it wasn’t even the worst week in Washington. more

Jan 15, 2018 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

"The Crown," the PBS drama that follows Queen Elizabeth after the death of her father, explores something alien to our current times: the value not of individuality, but of obligation to a broader community and a national purpose. more

Jan 10, 2018 5:00 AM Citizen Dave

Citizen Dave predicts the Supreme Court will strike down Wisconsin’s gerrymandering law, Walker will lose and Baldwin will win. more

Jan 2, 2018 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Well, 2017 is over. But things aren’t looking good in the new year. more

Jan 1, 2018 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Reading all 2,375 tweets Trump has written since the election was like reliving all the unbelievable moments of this last year in fast forward. more

Dec 29, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Doug Jones won his Senate race against Roy Moore for two reasons: African Americans turned out for him and suburban white women didn’t turn out for Moore. But those factors won’t play similarly in Wisconsin. more

Dec 20, 2017 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

In Baltimore, Sessions followed the Bannon script and stirred up fear of immigrants and minorities. He did not mention that eight members of an elite police task force here have been indicted on racketeering charges. more

Dec 18, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


Gary Tipler

An effort is underway to landmark a house connected to a historic piece of legislation. Former lawmaker David Clarenbach lived there while pushing through the Wisconsin Legislature what would become the nation’s first gay rights bill. more

Dec 13, 2017 10:57 AM News


Dylan Brogan

Republican U.S. House member Glenn Grothman puts the rancor of D.C. politics aside and plays rock songs on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison’s lefty community station. Yes, this actually happened. more

Dec 12, 2017 1:37 PM Snapshot 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

There was little media attention last month when the Dane County Board quietly passed a new wheel tax. It’s a big subsidy from Madison residents to those who live in rural areas. more

Dec 12, 2017 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 8 Comments