Politics & Activism


David Michael Miller

Populism on the right or left does not appeal to me. I might no longer qualify as a liberal. I’m a moderate. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

It will not be easy, but there is some hope that 2018’s progressive gains will continue in 2020. Read more

Opinion 3 Comments

Doug Jenkins is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. So he’s running for president. Read more

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Joe Tarr

Edgewood College students wanted answers as to why the administration removed links to Planned Parenthood from its wellness information. But the college’s interim president, Mary Ellen Gevelinger, abruptly canceled a meeting with them. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Madison Police to climate activists: Thanks for trying to save the world — now pay us $4,631.66. Read more

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Cameron Bren

350 Madison activists ramp up pressure on Chase Bank in hopes of turning off financial spigot to fossil fuel companies, like Enbridge, which pumps tar sands oil through Dane County. The group shut down a Madison Chase branch on Nov. 9. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Wisconsin is one of 10 states in the country that does not require students to take a dedicated course in civics. Could that be part of the reason we have low interest in public service, decreasing media literacy and a growing partisan divide? Read more

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David Michael Miller

Lately the NIMBY label has been weaponized as a blanket term for all neighborhood activism. Read more

Opinion 2 Comments


Dylan Brogan

Thousands of people in Madison joined the world-wide strike demanding action on climate change. The strike was led by youth, “the last generation that can really do something about this.” Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

It might seem like a miracle today, but 30 years ago Democrats and Republicans came together to protect the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Will politics ever again work so well? Read more

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In the days before Edgewood High School filed suit against the city of Madison for religious discrimination, one of the school’s lawyers offered to coordinate with the city how the lawsuit would be explained to the public. Read more


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Holly Henschen

On Friday, Madisonians protested both the conditions in facilities where asylum seekers are being held and a national raid on undocumented immigrants set to begin on Sunday. The protest coincided with dozens around the country. Read more



Greg Anderson

The Newsroom, a nonprofit venture working to increase coverage of state government, will launch its 11th state publication: The Wisconsin Examiner Read more

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Wisconsin Republicans once put up a good fight to keep Donald Trump off the 2016 GOP ticket. Now that he’s president, some conservatives fear the state GOP is starting to look more and more Trumpian. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Alan Robinson is a notable contrast to the stereotypical gray-haired, white hippies with ponytails who are typically associated with marijuana activism. He’s taking NORML Wisconsin into the Capitol, trying to shift the conversation. Read more

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“Knock Down the House” is a powerful documentary available on Netflix that shows the power of community organizing as it tracks the longshot candidacies of four women Congressional candidates in 2018. We’re all familiar with one of them: AOC Read more

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Kori Feener

An estimated 10,000 people rallied at the Capitol in support of budget proposals from Gov. Tony Evers: granting driver’s licenses to non-citizens and providing in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Wisconsin high schools. Read more



Haidee Chu

A coalition of Madison-area high school students is tired of waiting for adults to take needed action against climate change. These students plan to march next week to draw attention to the problem. Read more

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Jenny Peek

There were three primaries for school board seats. The top two vote-getters in each race will meet again on April 2. Read more

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Although only four Common Council seats involved primaries on Tuesday, 11 seats will see competitive elections on April 2. Read more