Ron Johnson

U.S. senator from Wisconsin. Elected 2010. Up for reelection 2016.

As chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Ron Johnson has a lot of power. He should use it to help desperate families who are crossing the border. Read more

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Art by David Michael Miller

For four decades Isthmus has been putting together below-the-belt annual rewards for bad behavior. Not surprisingly, there is never a shortage of material. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

After a bruising primary campaign, @LeahVukmir tells supporters in Fitchburg that Republicans must unite in order to beat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir’s #MAGA cred was called into question during the race against outsider Kevin Nicholson. Read more

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David Michael Miller

The meeting this week in Helsinki between Presidents Trump and Putin overshadowed a lower-level U.S./Russia meeting held a couple of weeks earlier. The earlier meeting may prove as important as the Helsinki summit. Read more

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This stuff just gets weirder and weirder. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Sen. Ron Johnson’s number one issue has been the national debt. That is, until Trump was elected president. Johnson voted for the Trump tax plan, projected to create the biggest national deficit in at least three generations. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Dane County Republicans ‏might be the minority locally, but the GOP can’t win statewide without them. Staff writer Dylan Brogan recaps the county party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Day dinner. Read more

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Stories on police settlements and reality stars made our most-read list. Read more



Art by David Michael Miller

President Trump manages to suck the oxygen from the room, elbowing aside other news. Stuff happens that nobody notices. But 2017 was a banner year for Cheap Shots, Isthmus’ annual tradition of delivering low blows to worthy recipients. Read more

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Allison Geyer

Activists occupied U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office for more than eight hours on July 6 as part of a nationwide protest of the GOP health care bill. Read more

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You know how people have been bugging U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to hold an in-person town hall, and he keeps refusing? Well, it finally happened at Madison East High School. And the students did NOT hold back. Read more

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says if Wisconsin voters sense victory for Hillary Clinton, they might just give him another term. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Things got weird at U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s annual Fall Fest rally. Wisconsin Republicans are still backing Donald Trump. They just won’t say his name. Read more

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David Michael Miller

The Party of Lincoln is quickly becoming the Party of Trump. Why won’t Republicans take a moral stand? Read more

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David Michael Miller

Ron Johnson had options. He could have hid under the cover of Paul Ryan, who says he is still not ready to support Donald Trump. But Johnson endorsed Trump. He has sealed his fate. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

After posting a photo of an Antonin Scalia impersonator, who else might Sen. Ron Johnson be confused about? Read more

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Rataj Berard

In the U.S. Senate, Russ Feingold became an icon of independence and integrity. Upset in 2010 by Ron Johnson, he now wants his seat back. But can he win playing by the new rules? Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

A TV ad supporting Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson faked a picture of President Barack Obama with the president of Iran. Read more

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Nearly half of voters have no opinion about Ron Johnson. That could be the opening Russ Feingold needs. Read more


Make no mistake about it. Ron Johnson doesn't represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. Most days he represents some other alternative universe. Yesterday he represented the extremist National Rifle Association. Read more

Citizen Dave