Joe Tarr

Some alders are pushing for a more independent review of the East Towne Mall arrest of Genele Laird. But it’s unclear whether they have the authority to demand one. Read more

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Police have twice been called to the home of Jim White, candidate for Common Council, for reports of a domestic disturbance. White denies any violence occurred. Read more

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Joe Tarr

Madison has a chapter of Socialist Rifle Association, a leftist alternative to the NRA that aims to offer gun education and a defense of community. People of color, women and transgender people are welcome — racist, sexist bigots are prohibited. Read more

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The world has 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change. So why are Wisconsin’s utilities still burning coal? Read more

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Although only four Common Council seats involved primaries on Tuesday, 11 seats will see competitive elections on April 2. Read more



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Every week, the Dane County Humane Society takes in dogs and puppies from Southern shelters. Isthmus watched one group’s arrival. Read more


Environmentalists and animal rights activists are trying to draw attention to coyote-killing contests, including one being held this weekend in Sauk City. Read more

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The Board of Park Commissioners is scheduled to look at the master plan for James Madison Park in February, but if agreement can’t be reached, it will be put on the backburner. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Many were stunned when the Tenant Resource Center fired Brenda Konkel as its executive director and have demanded her reinstatement. But five former employees say it was a long time coming. Read more

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We love dogs. And we love watching dogs — in real life and onscreen. Here are some of Isthmus’ favorite movies (and one TV episode) featuring canines and their humans. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Bill Lueders’ journalism career has come full circle. He’s been named editor of The Progressive magazine, the publication he interned at in 1984. Read more

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Many are outraged by firing of Brenda Konkel from the Tenant Resource Center. Read more

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Chris Taylor threatened with lawsuit over column criticizing ALEC speaker. Read more

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Ald. David Ahrens got into a bitter exchange with Mayor Paul Soglin at the Sept. 4 council meeting. Two weeks later, the police began investigating Ahrens. Did he violate the open meetings law or is he a victim of political retaliation? Read more

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For Dalia Mogahed, starting to wear a hijab was a “feminist” expression of independence. But not all of her feminist friends saw it that way. Read more



David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s voter ID law is a proven way to suppress turnout at the polls, especially among people of color and the poor. But dedicated volunteers are fighting back by registering people and making sure they have valid IDs. Read more

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Ben Jones

A farmer north of Madison has preserved her land for farming — and made some of it available to Hmong farmers. Read more


Does a hotel proposal for the 100 block of State Street revive a neglected block or set a dangerous precedent on height limits? Opinions vary. Read more

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Founded in 1901, the Legislative Reference Bureau has become a national model for actively disseminating information about government. But former employees say the library is now neglecting its duty to archive state documents. Read more


There’s no developer or buyer yet, but city officials are contemplating what could be done with the Voit farm and several nearby properties, which are either up for sale or are unused. Read more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

The Arboretum isn’t just a natural treasure in the middle of our city. It’s also the “drain” for some 500 million gallons of the city’s stormwater each year. Read more

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    AJ Basso, one of nine active members in the Madison chapter of the Socialist Rifle Association, practices at a shooting range in Oregon.

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    In Oak Creek on Feb. 11, protesters condemn a proposal to allow We Energies to release as much as three times the state limit of mercury into Lake Michigan.

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    Charlie Michna lives next to two coal power plants—one co-owned by MGE—near Oak Creek. “You can’t put up this much black air and not have it have an effect on you.”

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    Volunteers try to coax Carmella, a shy dog from Mississippi, into the Wisconsin winter. She’s in foster care until she can gain more weight and be offered for adoption.

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    Several restaurants — including the Tipsy Cow on King Street — temporarily closed because of the ICE enforcement.

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    LeSandra Perkins gets a free ID at the DMV office in Middleton so she can vote in November. “We’re given a chance to vote, so why not take that opportunity.”