Phil Hands

Joe Wineke is feeling mighty grateful these days. The Democratic Party, of which he serves as state chair, has not controlled both houses of the state Legislature since 1994. But Wineke thinks that could change in 2008, in large part due to the actions of one man. more

Jan 3, 2008 4:00 PM News

Back in May, Jay Heck was feeling hopeful about the prospects for major reform in how money influences elections in Wisconsin. "On paper, it really looks a lot better than it has in the past," Heck, the executive director for Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said at the time. more

Nov 21, 2007 4:00 PM News

Wisconsin is known more for its cow pastures than its rows of corn. But Molly Jahn believes it can be a national leader in producing ethanol and other biofuels. more

Jun 28, 2007 3:55 PM News

'We're going to be spending less time on guns and gays and more time on matters that are of public importance.' more

Jan 11, 2007 3:58 PM News

'We spend a lot of time cleaning grease out of sewers, so if we can prevent it from going there in the first place, we'll reduce our maintenance and at the same time provide ourselves with an alternative source of fuel.' more

Jan 4, 2007 3:34 PM News

With the exuberance of a hyperactive 8-year old, Andrew Bangert shows off his toys. But Bangert is not your average 8-year old. First of all, he's 39. Second, his toys aren't powered by double A batteries; they're powered by the sun. But oh, how he loves them. 'You've got to see my meter spin backwards,' exclaims Bangert, pointing to a small gray box with a CD-size disk sticking out of the front. more

Oct 5, 2006 3:02 PM News

The Dane County Lincoln Day Dinner is an event of Republicans, for Republicans, by Republicans. It is an opportunity for those who have given time and money to the GOP to see and hear the candidates who represent the fruits of their labor. But even among the party's most loyal supporters gathered in the banner-laden "Madison Ballroom" of the Concourse Hotel, there are murmurs of dissent. more

Aug 11, 2006 8:57 PM Isthmus Cover Stories