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Slaying the Gerrymander: Here's a solution to Wisconsin's rigged legislative districts

Winning the governorship plus majorities in both houses in 2010, Republicans seized the golden opportunity to dominate the decennial process of redistricting the state as never before. >More
 Photos of the Solidarity Sing Along arrests at the Wisconsin Capitol on July 25

As the Solidarity Sing Along participants in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda were arrested for a second consecutive day, observers wielding cameras ringed the scene, capturing images of the confrontation for sharing via social media and other outlets. >More
 Kiosk culture: Madison remains a haven for concert fliers, even in the Internet age

Saying the digital revolution has changed the music industry is like saying the wheel has really helped people get around. Once upon a time, musicians had to rely on record labels and disc jockeys to get their start, but now any band can create a song and broadcast it to the whole world in a day. Promoters can instantly reach the masses with tweets and email blasts. >More
 Wisconsin candidates' campaign graphics provide clues to political strategy

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, flocks of political yard signs have once again descended upon the grasslands of Dane County. With five elections happening this year, the sheer number of placards dotting our landscape demands a review. >More
 Now 25 years old, the Barrymore Theatre took the hard road to becoming a neighborhood treasure

In light of the troubles at the Orpheum Theatre, there could be no better time to trumpet the longevity of another local show palace, the Barrymore Theatre, which will quietly observe its 25th anniversary this summer. The Barrymore is the one theater in town that achieved that elusive combination of entertainment venue and neighborhood center that arts administrators rhapsodize about. >More
 The cover of this week's Isthmus: Suitable for printing out and stapling to a stick

... or at least to replace your Aaron Rodgers desktop wallpaper. Download a .pdf here! >More
 Signed & Sealed

Madison has been blessed with an iconic skyline that gives it a strong visual identity. But its true self-portrait can be found in the way its movers and shakers project themselves graphically to the public. From international brands to the rock band downstairs, every local player (including the city itself) needs a good logo -- a symbol that will stick. >More
 View photos of the John Kerry rally for Obama at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison

Several hundred supporters of Barack Obama gathered in front of the State Street entrance to the Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon for a get-out-the-vote-early rally led by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. This was the centerpiece event of a citywide effort by the Obama campaign to encourage voters to register and cast ballots early. >More
 It Doesn't End with Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal

The publication of this book could hardly be more timely, considering the rapid changes that the newspaper industry is undergoing. The author, former Daily Cardinal editor Allison Hantschel, was part of the crew of diehards that yanked the Cardinal back from financial ruin during a seven-month shutdown in 1995, so she's certainly suited to the task of unearthing the paper's illustrious past. With many interviews and much archival material, this history of the paper's 115 years reads not as a plodding chronology but more like a roller coaster, with each decade featuring its own fight for the paper's existence. >More
 View photos of Michelle Obama at the Capitol Theatre in Madison

Michelle Obama visited Madison on Monday afternoon, holding a campaign rally for her husband at the Capitol Theatre in the Overture Center in downtown Madison. She is the second presidential candidate spouse to stump in town in the last few days, following an appearance by Bill Clinton at the UW Stock Pavilion last Thursday. >More
 Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette

'Fighting Bob' La Follette has become such an iconic figure in Wisconsin politics that the remarkable accomplishments of his two sons have been unjustly overlooked. >More
 Sick of Halloween yet? A requiem for the costumes

Given how matters of security have dominated the coverage of Halloween on State Street, I thought I'd take a few paragraphs here to talk about something that has been rarely talked about the past few years, strangely enough, and that is the costumes. >More
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