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The Daily

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Elections: The end is nigh

We are in election mode, regaling you with tales of campaign 2010. Last week it was the stirring U.S. Senate race, and this week we look at the other heavyweight battle, the one between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett for governor. This analysis is brought to you by the greatest investigative team since Cagney and Lacey. That would be Bill Lueders and Jack Craver. >More
 High-class classical

Coverage of classical music has been a constant in Isthmus since its beginning. Madison is a town that likes its highbrow, and you know, it grows on you if you listen long enough and someone explains to you what's going on. We've been very fortunate over the years to have knowledgeable folks to do just that. These days our classical critics are John W. Barker and Sandy Tabachnick. >More
 Dangerous liaisons

Back in July, when we ran a cover story about the tumultuous relationship between some local Catholics and their bishop, Robert Morlino, I wrote in this column that delving into religion was dangerous work. When what you're writing about affects some people in the most profound way, you're bound to provoke indignation. >More
 Chew on this

I guess it could be considered ironic that Dane County, the locale of liberal, health-conscious Madison, is the largest tobacco-growing county in Wisconsin. The plant, in the form of the commodities that reach the public - cigars, cigarettes, chew - has been much reviled by partisans in the smoking wars. >More
 Thirst for the truth

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 Independents day

Now that summer is over and we're all getting back down to business, we can get to the business of business. Specifically, we can announce the first Isthmus Independent Business Awards, to be bestowed in November. Right now we're starting the process by taking nominations for deserving local contenders. >More
 Hard labor

For most people Labor Day is the official end of summer, the last chance to relax or travel before the demands of school and, in many cases, the harvest command complete attention. These days, Labor Day is the last-chance grill/golf/go-somewhere weekend. >More
 Manual labor

Ready or not, here comes the 2010-11 Isthmus Annual Manual. There's no reason not to be ready; it's been an entire year since the previous edition. >More
 Tilt-A-Whirl world

We are definitely set to hear the last hurrahs of summer, and there's plenty to cheer about in the next two weeks. Here are a couple of activities to consider. Coming your way immediately, if not sooner, is the last Isthmus Block Party of the season. Like the June and July fiestas, this one is sponsored by Wisconsin Distributors and Goose Island Beer. And, like the other two, a portion of the proceeds from concessions will go to Porchlight. >More
 Flaws and charms

Now is the time for all good mayors to come to the defense of their cities. And Madison's mayor, the Honorable David J. Cieslewicz, which I think is the proper way to address such personages, has risen to the occasion in penning our cover story for this week, "In Defense of Madison." >More
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