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Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases “Once a Professor,” a new memoir from prolific author Jerry Apps. This one is about being a conscientious person in the academy. more



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Vindictive GOP lawmakers dismantled the Government Accountability Board and split it into two commissions. They made sure that the Ethics Commission would do little about campaign violations. more

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Judge Rebecca Dallet’s election will alter the state Supreme Court’s ideological balance, leaving conservatives with just a 4-3 edge instead of a 5-2 domination. more

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Conservative Judge Michael Screnock has benefited from the state’s new campaign spending limits in his Supreme Court bid, raking in $260,000 more than he would have under the old rules. Opponent Judge Rebecca Dallet has seen a negligible bump. more


In the state Supreme Court race, Michael Screnock has branded his opponent, Rebecca Dallet, as “a liberal activist judge” while claiming he is free of partisan, political or ideological intent. This is, in his case, an audacious falsehood. more

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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

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Conservatives have increased their hold on the Wisconsin Supreme and now hold a 5-to-2 majority. But this year could mark the end of that trend — if the conservative contender for the job does not survive the primary and make it onto the ballot. more

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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

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For 100 years, The Capital Times has strived to be “a people’s paper.” A loving history of the publication shows why it’s worth celebrating. more


Madison-based author Douglas Haynes tracks the effects of climate change on two Nicaraguan families in “Every Day We Live Is the Future,” an insightful and terrifying look at the impact of environmental change on the world’s vulnerable populations. more


A new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press collects the writings and speeches of pioneering legislator and civil rights activist Lloyd Barbee. more



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Clear that calendar: The 15th anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival has something for everyone. Isthmus helps you pick out some highlights from the more than 70 events taking place Nov. 2-5. more

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Bill Lueders reviews two books inspired by Wisconsin’s natural beauty: “The Driftless Reader” and “Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth.” more


John Nichols’ 10th book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse” profiles the “greedheads, blank-stare ideologues and partisan hacks” who populate Donald Trump’s White House. more


Wisconsin author Michael Perry shows his writing chops in “Danger: Man Working,” an excellent new collection of essays from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. more


Judge William Hanrahan tossed another case because the DA’s office was unprepared to proceed. It’s another sign of frayed relations between the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and the local judiciary. more



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Cheri Maples was a tough cop who rose up the ranks to become a captain in the Madison Police Department, spending two decades on the force. If there was a single thread that held together the strands of Maples’ personality, it was courage. more

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Judge William Hanrahan forces the dismissal of cases against three alleged armed robbers after the Dane County District Attorney’s Office fails to produce a witness list on time. more


Rick Bogle presents a mostly scholarly investigation of UW research and its attendant controversies. He argues that the scientific benefit of animal research, including the work of UW primate researcher Harry Harlow, has been wildly overstated. more



Todd Hubler

Amy Kerwin deliberately located Primates Inc. Monkey Sanctuary — which opens in October with three monkeys — near UW-Madison. “If the UW sees the successes of our working with other labs, I think its employees will want to come on board.” more

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    Madison police officer Matt Magolan leads a tutorial on how to survive a mass shooting.

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    Chris Jungbluth in his 2,700-square-foot shop just off East Washington Avenue.

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    JoAnne Kloppenburg: “I’m the one with a proven track record as an independent, impartial, fair, thoughtful and principled appellate court decision maker.”

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    David Morrow (left) and Robert “Buzz” Holland next to a chest made from oak paneling that “Bob La Follette leaned against.”

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