Judith Faulkner is the billionaire CEO of Epic Systems.


News of how Donald Trump won Wisconsin using a strong data operation and our exclusive interview with Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner led the Cap Times site for readers in 2017. Other favorites included restaurant news with a Greenbush move and the closure of Jim's Meat Market.

Here are our top 10 most-read stories, with links to check out in case you missed them the first time around. 

Members of the Republican National Committee's data team agree with Hillary Clinton on this: Their data operation surpassed that of their Democratic counterparts in the 2016 election. And it served them especially well in Wisconsin, where Donald Trump became the first Republican to carry the state in a presidential election since 1984.

It’s not that local billionaire Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner tries to buck convention. She just thinks her way is probably best.

After 41 years at a PDQ station on Northport Drive, the north side’s beloved Jim’s Meat Market will close in January. The shop will close because PDQ was recently bought out by convenience store chain Kwik Trip.

On May 13, Madison may have been the scene of physical clash between right and left related to the current explosive political landscape.

On that night, a group of young men known as the Proud Boys from Wisconsin and possibly other states gathered to confer on their alt-right agenda. A South Chicago anti-fascist group, aware of the Proud Boys meeting at the Irish Pub on State Street, arrived at the bar that same night, waited until the Proud Boys group left, then ambushed one of them.

The 600 block of University Avenue has been a hot spot for late-night violence for years, but recent incidents have Madison police suggesting that the corridor has reached an unprecedented level of violence.

“It’s tough down there right now,” said Central District Capt. Jason Freedman.

After the Madison East Lady Purgolders basketball team beat Middleton High School 75-63 on Monday, the players' celebration was cut short by an insensitive social media post.

A Middleton player posted the following comment to her Instagram page: “I would say good game but a good game doesn’t involve intentionally trying to hurt two of our players and then laughing about it like it was a funny joke. Be aggressive not violent!! Thanks #youregonnaworkforusanyways.”

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Greenbush Bakery, the beloved doughnut shop on Regent Street, is opening a second location on Madison's east side this summer.

The new shop at 5225 High Crossing Blvd. will be located near a Mr. Brews Taphouse and the furniture store Steinhafels, by the former American TV location.

An underground commercial sex trafficking industry is quietly running rampant in Madison, Madison Police Detective Roger Baker told the City Council Tuesday.

“The problem is pervasive, and it seems to be organized and it’s happening all over the city,” Baker said.

The Wisconsin Tavern League, along with two other lobby groups, want to narrow how the state regulates companies that manufacture, distribute and sell alcoholic beverages and create a new government office with broad discretion to regulate the industry.

Tavernakaya, the pan-Asian restaurant that opened last summer on the Capitol Square, may look a little different by the end of September.

Business partners Mike Ding and Kai Kuo are buying out Food Fight Restaurant Group next week and becoming a fully independent restaurant.


Katelyn Ferral is The Cap Times' public affairs and investigative reporter. She joined the paper in 2015 and previously covered the energy industry for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. She's also covered state politics and government in North Carolina.