David Michael Miller

In 2005 Leah Vukmir, Sheila Harsdorf and Robin Vos backed a law that prohibits the use of eminent domain to transfer a privately-owned property to a corporation. But now they are silent on Foxconn's land grab in Mount Pleasant. more

Opinion 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

Even before the Racine plant is built, Foxconn has announced it will build outposts around the state. The timing, months before Scott Walker is up for reelection, is likely not coincidental. more

Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker ignores the state’s new economy, while doing everything we can to prop up the old economy of manufacturing. His strategy seems to be to spend billions on subsidies — the recipients of these giveaways give Walker campaign donations. more



David Michael Miller

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows that northern Wisconsin residents are not thrilled with the Foxconn deal, believing it will mainly benefit the Milwaukee area. Gov. Scott Walker’s divide-and-conquer political strategy could backfire on him more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

The Republican-controlled Legislature has stripped funding from UW-Madison for years, so it figures that, politically, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank needed to find private funding to cover tuition for lower-income Wisconsin families. more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

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

Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Madison joined 200 other regions in competing for Amazon’s new second headquarters. We’re not likely to get it and that’s a good thing. more



David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s recovery from the Great Recession has been hopelessly incomplete. Dane County is flourishing while rural communities and Milwaukee languish. However, there are other ideas for jump starting the economy besides a $3 billion bet on Foxconn. more

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If our state leaders really cared about jobs and really understood our primary advantages — relative climate change security and clean water — they would be working to strengthen protections for our water, not eliminate them. more

Citizen Dave


Benjamin Barlow

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is based on a now partly debunked accounting of Mike Daisey’s visits to Foxconn’s factories in China. Actor Jason Compton performs the controversial monologue at the Bartell Theatre beginning Aug. 31. more



David Michael Miller

A paper owned by unions is mocking and opposing a deal trumpeted as creating jobs. That’s because the Sun-Times understands what a colossal mistake Foxconn is. more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Walker’s wildly liberal giveaway of tax dollars suggests a desperation to wipe away his failed promise to create 250,000 new jobs and the state’s consistently below-average ranking in job creation. more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker has essentially said that he would support a $190 million annual tax increase on Wisconsin residents. Let’s meet him halfway and accept that tax increase — but look at an alternative for how we want to invest it. more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

Wisconsin taxpayers would subsidize each Foxconn job $230,000 to $1 million. These jobs would pay a third of what a family of four needs to live in the middle class. Plus, Foxconn would be allowed to move streams, fill wetlands and pollute waterways. more

Citizen Dave 12 Comments

The Foxconn deal isn't done yet. Will the Badgers learn from an allegorical tale? more


What will keep Illinoisans from taking jobs in Wisconsin's future Foxconn factory? That impenetrable border between the states. more

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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


Rather than lavishing expensive gifts on big corporations that don’t need them, Wisconsin would be better off investing in public education at all levels, in infrastructure like roads, rail and high-speed internet, and in environmental protection. more

Citizen Dave 6 Comments