Roger Bybee

Ben Jones writes in the Janesville Gazette: "In addition to crafty campaigning, political observers say Ryan has also enjoyed the advantages of incumbency, including name recognition, mountains of cash and redistricting lines drawn by GOP allies." more

Oct 15, 2012 2:04 PM News

Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, is quiet and thoughtful in one-on-one conversations. She's a middle-aged, cheery, bespectacled woman whose dimpled face is surrounded by a thick corona of whitish-gray hair. But when fighting for her members, Bell forcefully projects her belief in teachers' right to respect, decent pay and union representation. more

Aug 18, 2011 2:00 PM News


Phil Ejercito

Bill Truman's connections to Janesville run deep. He was born and raised here, bought a home and started his own family. It's where four of his five children, and his grandchildren, still live. It's where he found a family-supporting job. Lately, all more

Apr 29, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Benny Sieu/Journal Sentinel

At the "tea party" rally in Milwaukee last Sept. 19, Scott Walker tossed the crowd a chunk of red meat. more

Nov 20, 2009 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

John Peck, only half-joking, suggests Wisconsin's longtime slogan, "America's Dairyland," may need to be updated. The new slogan: "The Land of 10,000 Animal-Waste Lagoons." He also offers this nightmare scenario: "Can you imagine tourists driving up more

Aug 14, 2009 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Joe Rocco

Paul Ryan's strong adherence to conservative orthodoxy has made Ryan "a rising star" in the Republican Party, according to the conservative "Washington Times". But Ryan's growing appeal is based on more than ideology. more

Apr 10, 2009 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Rep. Paul Ryan has consistently backed deregulatory policies favored by the financial industry. more

Apr 10, 2009 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Susan Ruggles / AFT Local 212

In 1991, Chicago labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan wrote a popular and powerful book, "Which Side Are You On?", with the despairing subtitle, "Trying to be for labor when it's flat on its back." Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President David Newby has felt that despair over the past three decades of plant closings, wage cuts and union-busting. But he's convinced the labor movement has the potential to rebound. more

Jan 30, 2009 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Mark Van Stappen

The village of Kimberly, on the northern edge of Lake Winnebago in the Fox Valley, epitomizes the small, almost idyllic Wisconsin town. Kimberly is a hybrid of the nostalgic past and the fast-paced present, combining an old-fashioned soda fountain at a local pharmacy right out of a Norman Rockwell painting with the standard modern shopping mall. more

Oct 17, 2008 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

General Motors' planned new wave of shutdowns represents an escalation of its corporate decision to effectively secede from the United States. While it remains headquartered in Detroit, GM has wiped out some 85% of its U.S. jobs since 1990. more

Jul 4, 2008 1:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

For southeastern Wisconsin, the auto industry became a foundation of working-class prosperity and power, producing excellent wages and benefits that allowed thousands of workers to send their kids to college, secure a stable retirement and develop a strong voice inside the plant and in Wisconsin politics. more

Jul 4, 2008 1:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Joan and Doug McDonald of Neenah expected their 24-year-old son, James, to come home last Thanksgiving. And he did - in a body bag. more

May 15, 2008 2:00 PM News

Efforts to alter health insurance in Wisconsin will likely go nowhere in the remaining part of the 2007-08 legislative session, only to become a source of further contention in the fall elections. more

Jan 24, 2008 4:00 PM News

Greg Diederich, who worked at Rayovac's Madison packing and distribution center for 17 years, vividly recalls a party hosted there in 2002. Workers were served cake and ice cream, and given flashlights to thank them for improving productivity. more

Nov 2, 2007 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Business Week summarized its 2005 poll in these terms: "67% of all Americans think it's a good idea to guarantee health care for all U.S. citizens, as Canada and Britain do, with just 27% dissenting." more

May 10, 2007 3:03 PM News

After a long winter for health-care reform following the failure of the Clinton plan in 1994, a number of proposals are suddenly blooming at the state level in Wisconsin and across the nation. more

May 10, 2007 3:00 PM News

Jack Lohman is a lifelong Republican and retired medical-services CEO who has a new mission in life: preventing Wisconsin business from committing "economic suicide" by resisting health-care reform. more

May 10, 2007 2:53 PM News