Get out the vote for PD endorsed Candidates!

It is the last weekend before Spring Elections and campaigns are in full swing.  Can YOU volunteer to help get this impressive slate of progressive candidates elected? PD has endorsed the following candidates (* denotes unopposed): Madison Metropolitan School District Seat 6 - Ali Muldrow for School BoardSeat 7 - Nicki Vander Meulen Madison City Council District 2 - Ledell Zellers*District 4 - Mike Verveer*District 6 - Marsha Rummel*District 11 - Bradley Campbell (Bradley Campbell for Madison)District 17 - Samba Baldeh*District 18 - Rebecca Kemble* Fitchburg City Council & Mayor Mayor - Steve Arnold (Reelect Mayor Steve Arnold)District 1, Seat 1 - Dorothy Krause ( 1, Seat 2 - Wanda Smith (Friends 4 Wanda Smith)District 2, Seat 4 - Linda BrewerDistrict 3, Seat 5 - Jay Allen Continue reading

PD Pick of the Week: Koval's Legal Fees

Hard to choose this week, but here's what we have.  The city council shouldn't pay the nearly $22,000 in legal fees without at least seeing the bills and reviewing the totality of the situation, after all, its optional for them to pay.  The state law and their own policies say that they "may" pay the bill.  In this case, we don't see why they should. Continue reading

Al Matano and Tim Gruber endorse Bradley Campbell for District 11 Alder

By longtime PD endorsed County Supervisor Al MatanoDear Friends: For the 17 years I have represented District 11 on the Dane County Board I have been fortunate to have a strong counterpart on the Madison Common Council. My good friend Tim Gruber agreed to be appointed to the seat vacated mid-term by his successor with his promise to not seek election in this April's election. Tim (Alder Gruber) and I are supporting Bradley Campbell for the open seat. Continue reading

PDs Pick of the Week: Olbrich Biergarten

While we might all love to have a biergarten on the lake, some things are more important, like transparency and good government process.  Email your alders ( asking them to start over and have a good, clean process to decide what type of activities should be happening in our parks.  We're in the middle of the public input process for our 5 year plan for parks, get more public input and involve the community in true placemaking.  If this passes tonight, ask the mayor ( to veto. Continue reading

Vote Today!

Don't forget to vote today!  Primaries in Madison School Board races and for Fitchburg Mayor!   Continue reading

Get out the vote this weekend!

The weather will be spectacular this weekend. It is a perfect time to lace up your shoes and volunteer for a local campaign for a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) event! There are many opportunities to do so, particularly for the contested primaries: Continue reading

Make a difference in local politics!

By Yogesh Chawla — There is a groundswell of activism sweeping the nation. Citizens who have been on the periphery are now front and center in reclaiming government for public good. Despite this growing movement, it is still hard to figure out how to get involved in a campaign and become more active in local government. Continue reading

The law and opioids

Moving from punishment to recovery support By Vanessa della Bitta — A few months have past since Part Two of Progressive Dane’s coverage of the opiate use epidemic and now, with 2017 underway, we conclude this series with the third and final segment. In September’s Part One, we discussed the severe rise in opiate overdose, and some of the harm reduction efforts and legislation designed to address it. Part Two explored the nature of treatment services and recovery supports for those with opioid use disorder, as well as current barriers to getting help. Here, we focus on the role of Dane County law enforcement in the opioid epidemic, as well as the legal consequences of using and their effect on an individual’s road to recovery. Continue reading

1-30-17 City, County and School Board Meetings

If you want to get involved in local politics, there's no shortage of what you can get involved in - this week is heavy on policing issues, but also using the Messner's site for affordable housing.  This post is cross posted from with permission from Brenda Konkel. Continue reading

PD's Pick of the Week! Use Messner's for Affordable Housing

Seems like a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, it may not be.  Please help support this idea early on! Continue reading