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Saturday, August 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 75.0° F  Fog/Mist
The Daily

MAKING THE PAPER

Rough draft

Somebody somewhere said journalism is the first rough draft of history. Our staff writer charged with government coverage, Joe Tarr, has spent the last two weeks writing history, and then sending us dispatches from the Republican and Democratic conventions. This week he gathers his impressions from a fortnight in the political hothouse and puts them in our cover story, "Will We Ever Agree on Anything Again?" >More
 Listen up!

Happy new year! That's how I feel as we produce the first issue in September every year because it truly is the beginning of a new annual cycle in the Madison calendar. With 6,000 or so incoming freshmen at the U, not to mention our other higher learning institutions, plus a few transfers, plus some faculty and staff, plus the working folk and families who have relocated to Madison during the summer, you have a sizable influx of people new to the scene. >More
 Party people

I was going to refer to the conclave in Tampa, Florida, this week as the "convention follies" (that would have also worked for the Democratic gathering next week in Charlotte, North Carolina), but I thought better of it, wanting to maintain respect for sacred democratic traditions. So I'll just mock the politicians. >More
 Conventional wisdom

Once you get past the pretty pink popsicles on the cover, you will find inside this week's Isthmus the 32nd edition of the Annual Manual. This An Man provides resource listings, the restaurant guide, and Madison's Favorites, as chosen by the readership; plus words of wisdom to Madison newcomers as gleaned from that same Favorites Poll conducted in June. Oh, and plenty of maps too. >More
 Reasons to celebrate

As incomprehensible as it may seem, summer is entering its last act. Labor Day will be here before you know it. The traditionally summer-ending holiday does come almost as early on the calendar as it can, but still, after all the frying we took early on, we're owed more of these warm-day/cool-night interludes. Perhaps we'll be blessed with a long and temperate fall. >More
 Welcome aboard

Faithful readers will recognize Jessica Steinhoff as a frequent contributor to our popular music coverage. She's been doing that since 2008. They won't realize that she is also the unsigned author of many of the Critics' Choice entries in the Week, the happenings roundup that runs in the centerfold of this publication. But those of us at Isthmus who were on the interview panel looking for Kenneth Burns' replacement as arts and entertainment editor were aware of that. >More
 Let's get busy

Despite the concerns about the wavering macroeconomies of Europe and, to an extent, the U.S., the fact is that a healthy business environment grows from the bottom up. It is from that entrepreneurial base that new ideas, new leadership and new energy come. And so that is where we direct our gaze when searching for honorees in the third annual Isthmus Independent Business Awards, which we've dubbed the Indies. >More
 On your marks...

We won't want for distraction over the next few weeks as the Olympics kicks off from London this Friday and runs through Aug. 12. The games end just in time for the primary election on Aug. 14 to determine the Democratic candidate in this fall's 2nd Congressional District race. So before the running and jumping and swimming and shooting and the sundry other activities that constitute the quadrennial extravaganza, let us get in a few words about that significant primary. >More
 Get out!

The weather has returned to livable conditions (barely) just in time for our slate of weekend activities. Well, two weekend activities. >More
 Paddle, portage, party

It may come as a surprise to some of you who only come downtown for the Farmers' Market, Concerts on the Square, or the Art Fairs on and off the Square, but for a long period of time, not many decades ago, the Capitol Square was a dead zone after business hours. And there wasn't a hell of a lot of business going on during hours. >More
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