The Forward

  • City of Madison to Uber/Lyft: Obey the Law or Face the Consequences

    On Tuesday, July 1st, Madison's City Attorney sent ride-sharing companies Uber/Lyft a letter (see below) requesting that the companies come into compliance with our laws and regulations within the next 10 days, or the City will take additional steps for enforcement.

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  • Stoughton Advocates Battle TIF for Wal-Mart

    In Stoughton, engaged city residents continue to ask hard questions about the proposed Kettle Park West development.   In January, Stoughton’s Council approved a developer agreement with Forward Development Group of Verona (also Kettle Park West LLC) for a parcel at the intersection of Highways 51 and 138.   Approval was granted two weeks after the big box store tenant was revealed to be the Wal-Mart Super Center.  The developer maintained that agreement with Wal-mart had required...

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  • MMSD Student Senate Raises Questions with Budget

    Published in The Cap Times, June 9th, 2014

    Students in the Madison Metropolitan School District are urging school board members to cut funding to initiatives introduced by Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and put more money towards maintaining school buildings and covering health care insurance for teachers

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  • Fighting TIF Abuses

    Tax Incremental Financing in Dane County has traveled a long way from its statutory purpose to address blight.   It has increasingly been a way to create much-celebrated “public-private partnerships” in which the public contributes resources but has no controlling interest, and in which the risk of investment is transferred to the public.    Proposed developments in Dane County – Madison’s Judge Doyle Square hotel, and Stoughton’s Kettle Park West project – which includes a 153,000 square...

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  • Newsletter Sneak Peak: Public Subsidy for Wal-Mart in Stoughton?

    A Look at Next Month's Feature Article

    - Written by Sue Pastor, Policy Co-Chair

    New_Walmart_Logo.svgThe City of Stoughton and Mayor Donna Olson’s plans to subsidize a development at Kettle Park West including a 153,000 square foot Wal-Mart Super Center are on hold, pending an independent analysis of its economic impact.  The analysis is a requirement of the city’s “big box” ordinance.   On January 28, with about half...

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  • Spring 2014 Election Recap

    Victories for Progressive Candidates, Concerns for Community Involvement

    Written by Matt Kozlowski, Treasurer

    Over the course of the past several months, Dane County finished up another County elections cycle. However, if you didn’t notice, we can hardly hold it against you given the lack of candidates on the ballot--more on that later. Before examining other aspects of this election cycle, let’s take a look at the results. 

    Progressive Dane Endorsed Races:
    D2: Heidi Wegleitner, Incumbent...

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  • Progressive Dane's 2013 SnowBall

    Join Progressive Dane as we celebrate the life and work of David
    Austin and in his memory, honor those who continue to fight for a
    better Dane County community.

    Progressive Dane will honor County Board Chair John Hendrick and
    Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner with the inaugural David Austin Memorial

    We salute County Board Chair John Hendrick for his long 
    career of public service working for progressive causes and 
    County Board Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner for her dedicated 
    and passionate service fighting for affordable housing and 
    championing issues of homelessness.

    When: Sunday,...

  • Madison Mayor Paul Soglin's brief time with homeless family fires a will to 'fix this'

    Published in The Cap Times, September 14th, 2013

    Madison Mayor Paul Soglin got involved with homelessness Friday on an up-close-and-personal basis when he met a family from Chicago that has been sleeping on State Street and ended up giving several of them a ride across town.

    It wasn't clear Friday afternoon whether the family — with five adults and five children, ages 4 months to 13 years — would be able to find a place...

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  • UW-Madison Takes Important Step Towards LGTB Inclusivity

    Published in The Cap Times, September 2nd, 2013

    College presents a lot of choices. Pick your classes. Pick your friends. Pick your name.

    The last option is newly available to UW-Madison students this fall. While the practice of reinvention with the help of a fake identification card has happened on college campuses before, this is the first time Wisconsin students will have the option of officially renaming themselves.

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  • Progressive Dane Elected Officials Call for Homelessness Solutions

    Published in The Cap Times, September 4th, 2013

    52263b50e05d6.preview-620.jpgWhen dusk falls, Phalen Pierson, 53, puts down a couple of layers of cardboard with a thin foam pad in between and settles in to spend the night on the steps of Madison’s City-County Building.

    Many nights, Pierson is joined by anywhere from six to a dozen other homeless people. An equal number may be sleeping on the steps of the...

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