Isthmus: The Believer

Isthmus: The Believer

The Believer, February 2016

I wrote about Mike McCabe’s “Blue Jean Nation” political reform project for Isthmus in 2016. None of the handful of prospective candidates whom he inspired succeeded in the subsequent fall elections. But McCabe remains active — and he’s now inspired an enthusiastic movement to draft him for the 2018 Wisconsin governor’s race.

Isthmus: Meet the New Tommy Thompson

Isthmus: Meet the New Tommy Thompson

Meet the New Tommy Thompson: Ex-governor Veers Right in his Senate Bid, February 2012

Tommy Thompson is in the grips of an identity crisis.

Always a conservative, the four-term Republican governor and former Bush administration cabinet secretary is now running in a political environment in which his brand of conservatism is suspect. Derided from the right as too moderate – and too “big-government” – Thompson is burnishing his credentials by, in some cases, backing away from positions that once helped him amass huge majorities at the polls and work effectively with a Legislature often controlled by Democrats…