The Forward

  • 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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  • You're Invited - PD's Annual Garden Party

    On Friday, July 19th from 5pm-9pm, Progressive Dane will be hosting the Annual Garden Party!

    The Garden Party is a great opportunity for Progressive Dane Members, elected officials, and supporters to get to know each other and have some fun, all while raising funds in order to make Progressive change in Dane County!  There will be food, drinks, music, and some of the best people in Dane County, so you don't want to miss it!

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  • Newsletter Sneak Peak: Citizens' Budget Concerns

    Written by Sue Pastor, Progressive Dane's Policy Committee Co-Chair

    Published in PD's June Newsletter

    MadisonWIseal.pngCity staff held four conversations related to budget throughout the month of May.  Organized around themes chosen by the city, each took place in a different part of the city and provided citizens an opportunity to discuss budget ideas submitted to the IdeaScale site on line - or introduced during the conversation. Staff...

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  • Progressive Dane County Supervisors Divest from Fossil Fuels

    On Thursday, June 6th, The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuels.  The resolution, introduced by Progressive Dane Supervisor Kyle Richmond, calls on Dane County, The University of Wisconsin, the State of Wisconsin, and other local governments to divest their holdings from fossil fuel companies. In addition to passing this resolution, Dane County Supervisors also committed to a trip to Texas in order to lobby for similar changes.

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  • Newsletter Sneak Peek: Policy Priorities

    I just sent the newsletter to the printer, and we're prepping them to mail tomorrow, but for those of you who'd like a sneak peek before it hits your mailbox, check out this article from our Policy Committee! 

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