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Judith Davidoff to succeed Dean Robbins as editor of Isthmus

Judith Davidoff will succeed Dean Robbins as the editor of Isthmus. Davidoff has served as the alternative publication's news editor for the last three years. >More
 Amazon forces Madison shop owners to shift gears

Happy Bambino used to specialize in baby carriers. All kinds. Slings, wraps, backpacks. Now they don't carry them at all. Co-owner Alison Dodge says they simply couldn't compete with Amazon. >More
 Amazon attacks

Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle,'s alpha male, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. As overlord of Amazon, by far the largest online marketer in the world (with more sales than the next nine U.S. online retailers combined), Bezos has the monopoly power to stalk, weaken and even kill off retail competitors, going after such giants as Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart and draining the lifeblood from hundreds of smaller Main Street shops. >More
 State of Wisconsin comes clean on alleged scandal at Department of Revenue

Every scandal needs a name. This one is Dispensergate. In late June, employees at the Madison headquarters for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue were told via email that new hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers would be installed in bathrooms and kitchenettes throughout the building, replacing existing devices. No reason was given. >More
 Over objections of south-side alder, city panel goes with East Wash site for year-round Madison public market

Despite a final push by south-side alder John Strasser, members of the Economic Development Committee approved a resolution Wednesday night identifying East Washington Avenue and First Street as the top choice for a year-round public market for Madison. South Park Street and Madison's north side near the Northside TownCenter are cited as alternative options. >More
 Clean energy advocates take aim at MGE's proposed rate changes at RePower Madison forum

Prominent energy activists came out swinging Monday night against a proposed rate restructuring by Madison Gas and Electric that would increase costs for energy-conserving homes. RePower Madison, a local renewable energy group, convened the forum at the Central Library, drawing a crowd of about 150. >More
 Mike McCabe delivers a blistering manifesto in Blue Jeans in High Places

Any lingering doubts about the nonpartisan bona fides of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state campaign finance watchdog, should be annihilated by Mike McCabe's new book, Blue Jeans in High Places. McCabe, the group's longtime executive director, regards both major political parties with withering contempt. >More
 Saying goodbye to furry friends with Journeys Home Pet Euthanasia

Does your pet have a living will? Don't laugh. If you're a pet owner, some day you may wish it did. >More
 A formidable argument for same-sex marriage from Richard Posner

In seeking to discredit the unanimous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, Julaine Appling took a swing at the "liberal panel of judges" that heard the cases. >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
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