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David Michael Miller

Questions about what exactly happened at the prom shoot in Baraboo and what it all means remain unresolved. But toxic social media reaction has not helped matters. more

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David Michael Miller

The sense of wounded entitlement Kavanaugh expressed in his temper tantrum before the Senate Judiciary Committee reminded me of the attitudes of the disaffected jocks at Yale. 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

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Conservative Justice Michael Gableman pushed through a proposal to hide administrative court proceedings from public view. In doing so, he treated two women justices from the liberal camp, who are far more distinguished than he is, with contempt. more

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David Michael Miller

Ruth Conniff has long promised to take her kids to a Spanish-speaking country. For reasons both personal and political, she says the time is right to spend a year in Oaxaca. more

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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

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Appalled by Trump’s gaffes, scandals and ill-conceived executive orders, progressives are waging a persistent rebellion across the land. One key to making sure the movement lives on: “Keep giving people something to do.” more

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David Michael Miller

Up until the bitter cold struck, people were sleeping outside the Veterans Museum. The city of Madison has made some progress addressing homelessness, but the awful reality is present every day. more

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David Michael Miller

For progressives, the real challenge is to push back against a vision of society that says kids should only get as much health care, education and opportunity as their parents can afford. more

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David Michael Miller

When we are done obsessing over Donald Trump, we progressives need to get back to building a majoritarian movement. We got a glimpse of what that might look during the Capitol protests, and in the Sanders campaign. That potential is still there. more

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Do conservatives endorse seeking donations from wealthy donors in exchange for special favors? Do conservatives think political campaigns should be free to coordinate with outside groups? Leaked John Doe documents force these questions. more

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The school board Aug. 15 declined to vote on a proposed referendum authorizing Madison schools to exceed state-imposed revenue caps. It meets again on Aug. 29 — this will be the board’s last opportunity to get a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot. more

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David Michael Miller

The Republican takeover of Wisconsin government has been devastating to progressive values. But while the GOP is in a national meltdown, the state party is still strong. Meanwhile, the Dems still don’t have a state ground game. more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker and 11 other Republican governors want Congress to allow them to drug-test recipients of food stamps. We already know that drug testing welfare recipients was a waste of money. But policy outcomes are the point. more

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David Michael Miller

Many people are understandably appalled by rhetoric spewed by Republicans, both now and in the past. But rather than change their tune, Republicans have settled on trying to keep their political opponents from voting. more

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David Michael Miller

​Wisconsin was once known for a model civil service system that ensured good public services. Now patronage will reign. more

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David Michael Miller

How can we improve our public schools while having to defend them against right-wing attacks that threaten their very existence? more

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David Michael Miller

Republican leaders are systematically dismantling decades of clean government in Wisconsin. Goodbye, Midwestern nice. Hello, Newark. more

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Progressives need to start talking about what we stand for: great public institutions that serve the common good. more

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David Michael Miller

​Protesters from #BlackLivesMatter have been critical of Bernie Sanders, yet his message speaks to racial and economic inequality. Can he help unite black and white justice activists? more

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