The Forward

  • 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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  • New Ordinance Improves Tenants Rights in Dane County

    This past month, the Dane County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance to require new protections for Dane County tenants applying for a lease. The measure has two major effects: 1) Require landlords to notify tenants in writing for why leases are not being renewed and 2) Require landlords to notify applicants of the reason they are being rejected for a lease, upon request. These requirements, brought to the Health and Human Needs Committee...

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  • Madison's Moral Imperative is to Trickle Up, Not Down

    Published in The Cap Times, August 13th, 2013

    Could it be? Could madison be poised for a broad push to help the most needy? Mayor Paul Soglin outlined his view recently to the Madison Rotary that the business community should make a dedicated effort to combat poverty and close the wide economic gap between white residents and residents of color. A smattering of comments accompanying press of his remarks seemed to indicate that civic and...

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  • Madison's Leadership out of touch with our 77 miles

    Published in The Cap Times, July 22nd, 2013

    Dear Editor: Madison is all aflutter after Mayor Paul Soglin proposed to enshrine a tongue in cheek motto for Madison, “77 miles surrounded by reality,” into the law books recently. While some in the community reacted in deep horror to an identity that may turn away business investment, the real reality is that Madison's leadership is deeply out of touch with its 77 miles.

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  • Garden Party and the Kathy Schroeder Award

    The Annual Progressive Dane Garden Party is this Friday, July 19 from 5-9pm!  The event will take place at the Brittingham Park Pavilion at 401 S. Brittingham Pl, Madison.    

    The Garden Party is a great time to connect with new and old members, electeds, and supporters.  The event is a potluck and fundraiser, so please bring a contribution if you're able. 

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  • Introducing PD e-Newsletter

    Starting this month, Progressive Dane will begin to offer members a choice for how they receive organizational updates: electronically or through the mail. Click here to switch to the e-Newsletter today!

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  • PD Applaud's Mayor's Efforts on Disclosure Ordinance, Despite Rejection

    Contact: Matt Kozlowski -, (715) 571-1577

    For Immediate Release:

    June 19th, 2013


    At last night's meeting, Madison's Common Council voted down an ordinance to require individuals or entities contracting with the City to disclose political contributions made to advocacy organizations.  In doing so, Madison missed an opportunity to strengthen disclosure and protect the public from corruption.

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