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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: 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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    Press Release: MG&E Should Retract Rate Increases, Misleading Statements

      MG&E Should Retract Rate Increase and Misleading Statements CONTACT: Matt Kozlowski, Co-Chair                   (715) 571-1577 – 10/9/14 For Immediate Release: Today, October 9, 2014, the Public Service Commission will host a public hearing on Madison Gas & Electric’s proposed rate increases. Progressive Dane is calling on MG&E to withdraw its rate increase proposal and to retract the misleading information in its letter to ratepayers last week. “The rate case proposal is an affront to the values of this community, where people invest in conservation and prioritize equity,” said Progressive Dane Co-Chair Matt Kozlowski.  “Rather than working with the community to come up with a rate structure that would encourage clean energy investment and reward conservation practices, MG&E has decided to reward big energy consumers at the expense of those taking responsible steps to reduce their energy impact.”  MG&E’s proposal has been widely criticized by Repower Madison and other community groups for punishing conservation and providing a “volume discount” for larger users, while hurting renters and lower-income residents.  People who consume less energy will be subsidizing the consumption of people who use more.
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