Joe Parisi


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


Carolyn Fath

The options have narrowed but Dane County Executive Joe Parisi ‏still won’t commit to a jail plan in the 2018 budget. Meanwhile, inmates continue to be housed in an outdated jail facility that Sheriff Mahoney says is inhumane and potentially deadly. more

Jun 18, 2017 9:08 PM News

Weeks after a 700-page report outlined two comprehensive proposals for consolidating the jail at the Public Safety Building, County Executive Joe Parisi is asking for more options. more

Jan 12, 2017 4:31 PM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

After some lean years, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says the county is back on “solid fiscal footing.” He’s proposing expanding programs to help the mentally ill, homeless and improve the environment, along with pay raises. more

Oct 15, 2015 9:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Dane County has been searching for years for a location for a day shelter to serve the homeless. It is all set to purchase the former Messner building on East Washington Avenue. But some neighbors have concerns. more

Oct 8, 2015 12:45 PM News

Madison and Dane County are feuding over the need for a day shelter for homeless people. On Friday, Mayor Paul Soglin fired off a letter to Dane County executive Joe Parisi, complaining that the county hadn't consulted with the city before announcing more

Oct 3, 2012 8:16 PM News

Not too long ago Dane County government was known for its epic land-use battles. Center stage at nearly every county board meeting a decade ago was a debate tied to one question: Where and how should Dane County grow? more

Oct 30, 2014 1:00 PM Opinion

The West Branch of the Sugar River was removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's list of endangered waters only a few years ago. This river is a vital natural and economic resource that's home to some of the finest fishing and canoeing in Dane County. That's just one of many good reasons I and many others have questioned the need for a proposed housing development on a steep hill south of Verona that runs straight down into a popular trout steam in this watershed. more

Mar 1, 2012 3:00 PM Opinion