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Madland: I wasn't prepared for the reinstatement of Wisconsin's voter ID law

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More
 Live coverage of Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Hundreds of revelers braved winds and rain on the first chilly day of the season to celebrate Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, held at Madison's new Central Park on Friday September 12. Vendors served a variety of sausages, cheese, sauerkraut and more, all accompanied by beer and polka. >More
Citizen Dave: Good cities need more streets that 'fail'

How do we measure a successful street? Well, traditionally we've allowed traffic engineers, focused on moving cars, to create that measure. They've developed a grading system for streets called "Level of Service" or LOS. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 12, 2014

Today's image titled "6 mile creek deck" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Tips for Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Do you have a ticket to Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, or are thinking joining the fun? Since this is the inaugural edition of the festival, here are some tips for making the most of the event. >More
 Beer Here: Ol' Reliable Munich Helles Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Company

He finally went out and did it! That's the sentiment about the latest creation by brewmaster Kirby Nelson, who's renowned for his talent at making German lagers. For those who know and appreciate his long-standing love of these beers, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before he put his signature on a Munich Helles. That's just what Nelson has done with Ol' Reliable, the new release from Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
 Mama Madison: Apple-picking time

The recent shift in the weather is just another sign that autumn is fast approaching. That means one of my favorite activities is just around the corner -- apple picking. My husband and I have been picking apples every fall since before our kids were born. >More
Citizen Dave: Flying home on the 9/11 anniversary

I'm flying home today from Pittsburgh. It does feel a little somber to fly on the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., especially since I'm leaving from Pennsylvania, not too far from where the fourth plan went down in a farm field. It's all cause for reflection about our nation's sense of security. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 11, 2014

Today's image titled "Being boys" was photographed by Paul McMahon. >More
 Fall arts preview, same-sex marriage, Rare, Abode in the September 11 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 11-17, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Funk Factory Geuzeria to open a sour beer facility on Madison's south side

It's never been a better time to be a sour beer lover in Madison. Levi Funk -- yes, that's his real name -- has just signed a lease on a building on the city's south side for his Funk Factory Geuzeria, where he plans to turn wort brewed all over Wisconsin into geuze and lambic-style beers. >More
Madison police chief cites fiscal, privacy concerns with body cameras

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says one of the main issues his department is considering when it comes to body cameras is whether one will be needed for every police officer. He told members of the Public Safety Review Committee Tuesday night the most "fiscally responsible" avenue might be to assign a camera to a police car -- "as opposed to trying to find a price tag for 459 cops." >More
 Soglin defends Madison's debt strategy in 2015 capital budget

When Paul Soglin ran for mayor in 2011, he harshly criticized the amount of debt the city was incurring under his opponent, two-term incumbent Dave Cieslewicz. It was a major theme of the campaign. Soglin called Cieslewicz's budgeting practices unsound, with a ratio of debt service to general fund expenditures creeping toward 13%. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 10, 2014

Today's image titled "Tug of War championships" was photographed by Emily Mills. >More
 Wisconsin Public Television spotlights predictable results of partisan redistricting

A Sept. 5 report on Wisconsin Public Television's Here and Now program called Republican state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck's district "a microcosm of the state of Wisconsin." That it is. The district, occupying parts of Rock and Walworth counties, is part urban, part rural, part old industrial (Beloit), part upscale tourist town (Williams Bay). >More
 World of Beer taphouse is coming to Middleton

One of the fastest growing chains of craft beer taphouses has plans to come to the Madison area. World of Beer hopes to open at Middleton's Greenway Station by spring 2015. The upscale beer bar offers a tavern-like atmosphere with 40-50 taps, more than 500 bottled beers, and off-site sales that allow customers to take home mixed six-packs. >More
 Sausage is the star at Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Madison's dating pool notwithstanding, this town will never be more of a sausage fest than on Friday, September 12 when the inaugural Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest takes over the new Central Park. This locavore take on a German culinary tradition will feature live music, beer, and, best of all, an incredible array of Wisconsin sausage products -- plus creative takes on sauerkraut, cheeses, and well-suited desserts to round out the meal. >More
 Madland: Wisconsin's budget deficit was created by Scott Walker's irresponsible policies

I was not a good student in economics at UW-Madison. I regularly skipped that 11 a.m. class because I wanted to finish watching The Price is Right. I justified it by saying the "Showcase Showdown" was an exercise in market valuation. >More
 Win tickets to Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, Pomplamoose, Black Lips, Spoon, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Has the downtown Madison student housing boom reached its peak?

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the downtown student apartment development boom in the September 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 9, 2014

Today's image titled "Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 A Book A Week: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

I've come to regard books by Jojo Moyes as little treasures, to be indulged in when I need a special treat. When I get a new one I hang on to it for a while before reading it, enjoying the anticipation. >More
 Madison Area Chefs Network does park snacking right with inaugural YumYum Fest

The first YumYum Fest, a benefit for the Madison Parks Foundation, was held on Sunday in Madison's new Central Park. Our finest chefs presented what's essentially a rejection of Taste of Madison and its typically middlebrow offerings and huge crowds in favor of a smaller-scale event promoting innovative menus, daring and boundary-pushing explorations of the limits of pop-up food, and risky culinary choices that were exciting even in failure. >More
 Dane County board panel kills resolution opposing primate maternal deprivation studies at UW-Madison

After nearly two hours of testimony, a Dane County board committee voted unanimously to kill a resolution urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to cease its maternal deprivation experiments on rhesus monkeys. "I think there are a lot of valid issues that you raised, but I'm not convinced," Sharon Corrigan, chair of the executive committee, said to Anne Emerson minutes after the vote on Thursday. >More
 Sample the best of Wisconsin sausages at Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

It's almost time for the inaugural Isthmus Wurst Oktobefest! This autumn festival makes its debut in Madison's brand new Central Park on Friday, September 12. Nearly two dozen vendors will serve sample of their dishes for this evening of dining, drinking and dancing! >More
 Madison Snaps: September 8, 2014

Today's image titled "Drew from Jetty Boys" was photographed by Joe Engle. >More
 UW-Madison fashion magazine Moda helps students dress well on a college budget

When you think of Madison, "fashion" is probably not the first word that comes to mind. In our extreme winters, people are focused more on practical parkas than they are on Burberry trench coats. At the UW, in particular, a student budget doesn't usually allow for quilted Chanel totes. >More
 Madland: A bad compromise by Jim Doyle hurts Wisconsin's minimum wage fight today

It was painful to watch workers and their allies in Madison and Milwaukee get arrested Thursday while protesting for higher wages. I must admit, though, that Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) looked pretty badass as they put plastic cuffs on her. The arrests were also painful because it forced me to confront a difficult truth. >More
 Carrie Van Hallgren to start her 'dream job' as American Players Theatre's managing director

When Carrie Van Hallgren read the job posting for a new managing director position at American Players Theatre last winter, she had two thoughts: that with a national reputation for exceptional classical theater in a rustic setting, APT could hire anyone it wanted, potentially drawing from the best arts administrators in the country. And that this was undoubtedly her dream job. >More
 Citizen Dave: Walker's attack on Burke over Madison schools is a good sign

Scott Walker wants to change the subject. On Wednesday, the governor went after his Democratic challenger Mary Burke on something (anything) other than jobs and the economy. No, Walker attacked her for not doing enough to reduce the racial achievement gap in Madison schools. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 5, 2014

Today's image titled "Cycropia" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Appeals court strikes down Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage, but marriages still on hold

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans Thursday on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana, but marriages are still on hold at the Dane County courthouse. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says he has been advised by his corporation counsel that he must wait until the law officially goes into effect in 21 days. >More
 Beer Here: Sasquash from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Fall must be right around the corner this year's pumpkin beers are already being released. "It's the seasonal creep -- breweries have been pushing out these beers earlier and earlier," says Mike Christensen, director of sales for Milwaukee Brewing Company. "As much as it feels crazy, the weather in Wisconsin is going to change dramatically soon and people's mindset begin to change." >More
 Mama Madison: Baby feeding recommendations

I have a lot of questions about what to put on my eight-month-olds' plates -- and, if I'm honest, a deep and abiding fear of putting the wrong thing there. Did I start them on solid foods at the right time? What's the deal with baby-led weaning -- how much self-feeding should they be doing? At what age should I give them potential allergens like shellfish or nut products? >More
 Madison Snaps: September 4, 2014

Today's image titled "Drunken Catfish Ramblers" was photographed by Mike Vande Ven Jr. >More
 Fall music, U-Like Asian Buffet, Heartland Farm Sanctuary in the September 4 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 4-10, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Madison Common Council quietly keeps Judge Doyle Square hotel alive

The Madison Common Council quietly kept negotiations alive on the controversial Monona Terrace hotel project Tuesday night, leading a prominent critic to accuse his council colleagues of circumventing the public process. >More
 University of Wisconsin library seeks lost issues of The Onion and other funny ephemera

The University of Wisconsin library wants your old Onions. And your Octopuses (Octopi?). And whatever other campus-humor-related memorabilia you have stashed in the attic. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Good cities need more streets that 'fail'

How do we measure a successful street? Well, traditionally we've allowed traffic engineers, focused on moving cars, to create that measure. They've developed a grading system for streets called "Level of Service" or LOS. >More
Citizen Dave: Flying home on the 9/11 anniversary

I'm flying home today from Pittsburgh. It does feel a little somber to fly on the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., especially since I'm leaving from Pennsylvania, not too far from where the fourth plan went down in a farm field. It's all cause for reflection about our nation's sense of security. >More
Citizen Dave: Walker's attack on Burke over Madison schools is a good sign

Scott Walker wants to change the subject. On Wednesday, the governor went after his Democratic challenger Mary Burke on something (anything) other than jobs and the economy. No, Walker attacked her for not doing enough to reduce the racial achievement gap in Madison schools. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin's gubernatorial race and the strange optics of President Obama's visit to Milwaukee

There it was on the front page of my morning paper: Barack Obama shaking the hand and patting the shoulder of Governor Scott Walker as the president arrived at Milwaukee's airport on his way to speak to a Labor Day gathering. But you could not find a similar picture with Walker's Democratic challenger for Wisconsin governor. >More
Citizen Dave: The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming!

I spend a lot of time in Canada. When I go there I always stop at Tim Hortons. This is not hard. It would be hard not to stop at Tim Hortons. They're everywhere. They make Starbucks looks like an out of the way little local cafe. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick's mayoral campaign is off to a good start

Starting at six in the morning on Saturday, August 30, mayoral candidate Scott Resnick will ride his bicycle around the streets of Madison. His aim is to hit each of the city's 20 aldermanic districts over 20 hours that day, and raise campaign donations in $20 increments along the way. As part of this fundraiser, Resnick is inviting people to ride along with him or to meet him at one of stops along the route. >More
Citizen Dave: Single-tasking and the steadiness of life on an island

There's a lot to be said for routine. I just got back from two weeks as a "lighthouse keeper" at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This was my third year on Sand Island and my fourth year volunteering for the National Park Service. >More
Citizen Dave: Cities change, including Madison

I went to get a haircut the other day. I went to the College Barber Shop on State Street, the same place I have gone to get my hair cut about once a month for the last 35 years. The big news is that after something like 70 years in business under only three owners, the shop will be closing its doors at end of August, or as final owner Larry Cobb recently told me, maybe September. >More
Citizen Dave: Liberal support for Susan Happ in Wisconsin AG primary is hard to understand

A movement seems to be brewing among Wisconsin liberals to get behind Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ in the Democratic primary for attorney general on August 12. She is facing Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Representative Jon Richards. >More
Citizen Dave: The quiet Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 78th Assembly District has loud implications

On Madison's west side, a more or less routine Democratic primary election for state representative could say something profound about the current mind set of the party's stalwarts. Madison alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck are competing for the party's ballot spot in the 78th Assembly District, a seat currently occupied by Brett Hulsey and once held by legendary progressive Spencer Black. >More
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