Wisconsin State Government

The duties of the state treasurer have been systematically eliminated for years. But the treasurer plays an important role in preserving school libraries and public lands. more

Mar 22, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

It’s only childish political grievances between the state’s top three Republican leaders that will prolong the misery at Lincoln Hills. more

Mar 20, 2018 11:37 AM Citizen Dave

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Sean Kennedy

A month after the deadly shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, thousands of Madison-area students rally to demand gun control and measures to improve school safety. more

Mar 14, 2018 5:37 PM News

Among politicians, it’s called earned media. And one way to earn media is through political stunts. more

Mar 13, 2018 4:14 PM Citizen Dave


Todd Hubler

A bill working its way through the state legislature would overhaul the regulatory system for taxicabs, which has traditionally been left to cities and towns. But even cab companies are split on the legislation. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM News 2 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

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion

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

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

Mar 7, 2018 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature have fast-tracked a set of bills that make sweeping changes to assistance programs for low-income families. Sadly, this so-called welfare reform does little to improve the well-being of families. more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Progressives miss a sure bet at getting another seat on the state Supreme Court in low-turnout primary. The liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet will face conservative Judge Michael Screnock in April 3 general election. more

Feb 21, 2018 10:08 AM News 1 Comments

Sean Brown graduated from law school in May 2017. He landed a staff attorney position at the state and is now getting a big promotion to administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. more

Feb 16, 2018 5:23 PM News 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

Charisma is overrated. What about finding a Democratic candidate for governor who respects law over personal agendas and grudges? more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

For years, Isthmus Montessori Academy has been unsuccessfully trying to get the Madison school district to give it public school status. But the progressive school found another route — through a program created by conservative Republicans. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The Republican Senate Majority Leader can’t say why he wants the respective administrators of the state Elections Commission and Ethics Commission out of office. Could it be his political donors who are calling the shots? more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Opinion


Dylan Brogan

Democrats see 2018 as the year Wisconsin voters turn on Gov. Scott Walker. At a forum in Madison, nine potential Democratic challengers outlined a state with better schools, increased healthcare access and legal weed. more

Jan 29, 2018 3:44 PM News


Dylan Brogan

Mayor Paul Soglin joins a host of other Democrats vying for the chance to take on Scott Walker. more

Jan 10, 2018 2:55 PM News 2 Comments

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


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. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


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

Rep. Josh Zepnick has resigned over sexual harassment allegations ... right? more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM , Cartoons