Resnick, Hansen outline progress in race

By: Allie Johnson Published in The Badger Herald, 2/7/13 Endorsements continue to roll in as the aldermanic District 8 candidates narrow the focus of their campaigns in preparation of the upcoming City Council elections. After facing some initial controversy over ballot signatures,  Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, and his opponent Christian Hansen are confirmed candidates on the ballot. Over the past few weeks both candidates have honed in on their campaigns and expanded efforts to reach out to members of the district. Continue reading

Grass Roots: Progressive Dane building coalition to fight poverty

By Pat Schneider Published in the Capital Times on July 24, 2011 A poverty rate of 17 percent and climbing. Half of public school children on the list for a free lunch to supplement what parents are able to put on the table at home. These stark statistics on Madison are prompting Progressive Dane, the county's progressive political party, to step up to organize a coalition to advocate for local policies to assist struggling residents to move out of poverty. Continue reading

Default: The Student Loan Documentary

Release on The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch Published on Monday, March 7, 2011 This is a movie that Student Progressive Dane and the newly formed Badger Impact Coalition (a committee formed to combat the New Badger Partnership) will be showing.  The movie will become increasingly relevant as tuition skyrockets here at UW-Madison and students have to take out increasingly huge loans that are being coined as "financial aid."   Continue reading

Happy Birthday Progressive Dane: Lefty party looks back on 15 years of stirrin' things up

Published in The Isthmus on Thursday, December 6, 2007 By Vikki Kratz  One day in 1994, Michael Jacob decided to attend a meeting of the local Democratic Party. The Madison resident did not feel welcome. "I remember sitting at a table, trying to make conversation and feeling like, I haven't been here forever, so I can't join in," he says. Jacob went next to a meeting of Progressive Dane, then just two years old. Jacob's reception was much different: "I had a small group of people charging at me to welcome me." Continue reading

Madison Politics Not Per Usual: Progressives Gaining Power in City, County

By Dean Mosiman  Published on Sunday, February 20, 2005 by the Wisconsin State Journal Brenda Konkel, Austin King and their political buddies used to pour their souls out -- mostly in vain -- for the poor and voiceless. Now their leftist political party, Progressive Dane, is changing Madison, recently helping pass controversial, landmark laws to raise the city's minimum wage, force developers to build lower-cost housing, and ban smoking in bars and restaurants. "For all intents and purposes, they are the (city's) governing party right now," said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who joined Progressive Dane when he ran for mayor three years ago and is mulling whether to actively help shape its agenda and tactics. Continue reading

'Progressive Dane' Provides Winning Model

By John Nichols Published on Thursday, April 5, 2001 in the Madison Capital Times E.J. Dionne Jr., who some years back penned a brilliant book titled, "Why Americans Hate Politics," joined me for a round of visits to election night parties Tuesday. And I think it’s fair to say he found a lot to love in the way Madison does politics. Dionne, who earlier in the day had delivered the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism’s Nafzinger Lecture, enjoys election nights, as any good political reporter does. And we had a fine night, running into likely candidates for governor -- Attorney General Jim Doyle and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk -- dozens of state and local officials, labor leaders and a healthy cross-section of Madison political characters. Dionne was appropriately intrigued by Progressive Dane’s party at the Orpheum Theatre. What better place to get a taste of Madison’s distinctive politics than at a victory party for what may well be the most successful homegrown political party in the United States? Continue reading