Judith Davidoff

Judith Davidoff is the editor of Isthmus. 







Judith Davidoff

Why haul beer on foot to that tailgate when you can pack it into a custom-made “Kooler Kart” and enjoy the ride? That was the thought bubble of engineer Adam Jablonski. more

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Martha Davis Kipcak stopped making her pimento cheese, a small-batch spreadable cheese with roots in the South, in late 2017. But the recipe will live on. more



James Heimer

Many efforts over the years to repeal Wisconsin’s strict abortion ban failed — even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law unenforceable in Roe v. Wade. With Trump’s latest nomination to the Court, the old law still is scaring a lot of people. more

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Just as Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is stirring up fears about the future of Roe v. Wade, so did a Supreme Court review of a Missouri law that, in 1989, prompted this piece in Isthmus. more

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Alisa Sleep

Ella’s Deli closed in January. It has still not found a buyer but its carousel has. Epic, the medical software giant, purchased it for an undisclosed amount. more


Documents obtained through an open records request from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show that Gov. Scott Walker’s office recommended a young, inexperienced lawyer for a top state post. more


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Chuck Henrikson is an avid birder. He’s also a citizen scientist, reporting all of the birds he sees and hears to an international database. It’s one of the many ways citizen science happens at the UW Arboretum. more

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Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. more

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Sean Brown graduated from law school in May 2017. He landed a staff attorney position at the state and is now getting a big promotion to administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. more

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For Cher Mandel Diamond, running a fine chocolate shop married her interest in science and art. But after 25 years, she is ready to close the beloved Monroe Street store. more

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Gary Tipler

An effort is underway to landmark a house connected to a historic piece of legislation. Former lawmaker David Clarenbach lived there while pushing through the Wisconsin Legislature what would become the nation’s first gay rights bill. more



Stephanie Hofmann

It might be counter-intuitive, but a UW business professor says people appreciate gifts more when they know you own the same thing. It’s called “companionizing.” more

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For some, booze is enough. But if you’re like me, you want a nosh too. Here are some happy hours that offer discounted food as well as drinks. more

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Kagan encourages law students and young lawyers to seek out mentors. “Put yourself in a position where people can give you great advice,” she said. “Making yourself a little vulnerable is the best thing you can do." more



Beth Skogen

Two young architects built about 50 modern, affordable homes from 1935 to 1941 in the Madison area. A large cluster of these International Style homes remains in Monona’s Frost Wood neighborhood. more

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Carolyn Fath

David Prosser has been retired from the Wisconsin Supreme Court for nearly a year. A former legislator, he’s now looking deeper into state policy issues and some matters that came before him on the court. more

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It’s unclear when people started referring to the Wisconsin Capitol as the “people’s house” but a new book says the term can be traced back to a reference to the White House made during an 1827 debate. more

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David Michael Miller

There is Wisconsin. And there’s Forward. Is there a Miss Forward at the 100-year old Wisconsin Capitol? more

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When the Legislature convened for the first time in the new Capitol on Jan. 10, 1917, Madison residents had a new place to go for fine dining: The Capitol Cafe. The restaurant operated in the basement for more than a decade. more



Judith Davidoff

Residents upset about the loss of canopy trees joined with city officials who have been responsible for cutting some of them down, in a tree planting event. This is a hopeful tale about problem-solving, cooperation and understanding. more


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    Gov. Scott Walker fills a sandbag held by his wife, Tonette, while Tom Kasper holds a sign urging more drastic action.

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    Brochach on Monroe Street is coping with construction and flooding.

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    A few open-carry activists also attended, arguing gun policy with those calling for gun control and recording the conversations.

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    A few open-carry activists also attended, arguing gun policy with those calling for gun control and recording the conversations.