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What is Progressive Dane?


Progressive Dane is a progressive political party in Dane County, Wisconsin. Progressive Dane believes that ordinary citizens should control public policies at the community and national levels. We support tax justice, better social services, equality in public education, affordable housing, and public transportation. Progressive Dane helps community members organize around issues that are important to them and also works on the grassroots level to elect progressive political candidates.

For more information about PD, visit the About Progressive Dane Page.

What Makes Progressive Dane Different?



Progressive Dane brings together people committed to making government responsive to our communities' urgent needs. We believe our best solutions come from communities themselves, not the Democrats, Republicans, and the powerful moneyed interests they both serve.


Progressive Dane seeks to ally progressive activists and community organizations to form a powerful, united, and independent force in electoral politics and non-electoral struggles.


Progressive Dane is democratically run by its members. The general membership makes decisions based on values and principles before partisanship. Click here for information on how to join Progressive Dane.


We make no apologies for expecting endorsed candidates to remain accountable to their campaign promises and to our progressive program. They are recruited to work with each other and Progressive Dane on a regular basis.

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    Press Release: City Must Act Swiftly to Address Police Killing

    CONTACT: Sue Pastor, Policy Co-Chair; (608) 217-7099, 3/17/2015 For Immediate Release: On the day of the first Madison Common Council meeting since the March 6th killing of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. by a Madison police officer, Progressive Dane extends deep condolences to Tony's family and friends, affirms that "Black Lives Matter", and calls for action on the part of elected officials. We insist upon a public review of the policies, practices, and procedures of the Madison Police Department, especially regarding the continuum of force and "shoot to kill", the protocol for "exigent" circumstances, and the rights of witnesses. Common Council must immediately create a committee to undertake this review, and that committee must include representatives of communities most significantly impacted by racial disparities and over-policing. The committee must also review the charge of the city's Public Safety Review Committee and recommend needed changes.
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    Press Release: Parisi Betrays Dane County Workers

    CONTACT: Matt Kozlowski, Co-Chair (715) 571-1577 –   11/21/14  For Immediate Release: Yesterday, November 20, 2014, in a late email to County employees, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced that the County will cancel negotiated contracts for 2015 and 2016. This announcement, made after the County budget was adopted earlier this week, is a betrayal of trust for our union employees, and a violation of Dane County’s legacy of standing up for workers’ rights. The email, copied below, cites legal concerns raised by the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer where the Court established the need for a firewall between labor unions and contract negotiations.
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