Bill Lueders

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

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

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM News 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

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

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM News

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

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Tyler Gross

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

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM , Isthmus Cover Stories

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

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM News


Andy Manis

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

Jul 28, 2017 11:49 AM News 3 Comments

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

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM News

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

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books


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

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 9 Comments

A Sun Prairie police officer, Matt McElroy, didn’t think it was fair to issue tickets for more serious violations while he was working on a grant intended for seatbelt enforcement. And so he wrote tickets for violations that didn’t occur. more

Jun 2, 2017 3:30 PM News 9 Comments

What played out in Judge Josann Reynolds’ courtroom on April 24 was an epic clash, suggesting deep fissures between District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s office and some local judges. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News


WISC Channel 3

Numerous citations were dismissed in Sun Prairie after the arresting officer was caught lying. But the city kept a lid on it. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

On April 3, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne began requiring his roughly two dozen assistants to obtain prior approval before offering to waive a preliminary hearing, dismiss criminal charges or amend charges to a lower category of offense, among othe more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News

A new theater group in Madison launches with staged readings of “The Exonerated,” a searing documentary play about miscarriage of justice. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 AM Stage