Tony Evers yard signs

Tony Evers yard signs are in! Get yours at our next membership meeting, on Wednesday, March 8. (Scroll down for details.)

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DNC chair voting

The Democratic National Committee has released results of balloting in last month's DNC chair election. Because no candidate reached the threshold for victory in the first ballot, there was a second round of voting, which elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chair. 

Wisconsin has six DNC members. This is how they voted:

For Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in both rounds: David Bowen, Martha Laning, and Andrew Werthmann.

For Tom Perez in both rounds: Janet Bewley.

Abstaining in the first round and for Perez in the second round: Jason Rae.

Failed to sign ballot, making it invalid in both rounds: Martha Love.


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Greet Veep in Janesville

Sharing a Wisconsin Progressive Alliance event of interest to Dane Dems.

What: Get Out Pence Protest
Where: Blain's Farm & Fleet, 3507 E. Racine St., Janesville
When: Meet at 9:45 a.m. Friday, March 3. Pence is expected at 10:15 a.m.
More details:

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March membership meeting

We'll hear from state Superintendent Tony Evers, a champion of public schools who is running for re-election against a conservative opponent, and from Dane County Circuit Court candidates Jill Karofsky and Marilyn Townsend.

We’ll also vote on a second round of spring election endorsements.

See you there!

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison


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Ed Garvey

The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Dane County Chair Michael Basford on the passing of Ed Garvey this morning after a lengthy illness. He was 76:

"We are very sad to learn of the passing this morning of progressive champion Ed Garvey.

Through his long career that included working for the National Football League’s Players Association, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and through his private practice, Ed Garvey fought for labor rights and environmental justice among many other progressive causes. He was well-known for a long time as a fighter speaking truth to power and who worked to provide a voice for the voiceless. His impact on Wisconsin politics was felt far and wide.

Like many Dane County and Wisconsin Democrats, I was proud to stand with Ed Garvey and volunteer for his campaigns for U.S. Senate in 1986 and Governor in 1998. In particular, his campaign focus on the need for campaign finance reform was decades ahead of its time. Fighting Bob Fest, which Ed founded, continues to inspire and activate progressives in our area.

We will keep you updated about pending memorial services. I hope you will join me in keeping his wife Betty, his family, friends and the many people he inspired through his work in our thoughts and prayers."

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Help your county party organize for upcoming events

We need you! Come out on Feb. 27 to help us build power through outreach and development, as we discuss volunteer opportunities including:

  • Get-out-the-vote efforts for progressive candidates in the April election.
  • Tabling at the Dane County Farmers Market.
  • Raising funds at a huge yard sale at the Labor Temple.

We'll also discuss new committees for engaging voters and recruiting candidates outside of Madison, building membership, improving communications, and coordinating with many like-minded organizations around the Resistance and other activities. We'll finalize some of these plans at our April 12 membership meeting, after the spring election.

Please come!

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27
Where: Brocach Irish Pub (downtown), 7 W. Main St., Madison
More info: Christine Lazar,, or Dorrie Sundquist,

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February membership meeting report

The room was packed to overflowing for our Feb. 8 membership meeting, as many new faces joined veteran party activists to address our normal business but also the extraordinary challenge of the Trump presidency.


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February membership meeting

During our February meeting, we'll hear from Verona Alder Elizabeth Doyle on the need for affordable housing, and its interconnectedness with equity issues like access to education, jobs, transportation, and public services. 

We'll also vote on spring election endorsements, and we will discuss ways to resist Trump while building progressive electoral power. Please come!

What: February membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Details: Meeting is open to all, but only members may vote on endorsements. (You can join or renew at the meeting if necessary.)  First-time attendees, and those who bring newcomers, may enter a drawing for a special prize!

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Tonight's Meeting - CANCELLED!

Due to the winter advisory of icy road conditions that will go until Midnight, tonight's Monthly Membership Meeting is cancelled. We will take up this month's business at our February meeting.

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January membership meeting

We'll discuss the upcoming DNC officer elections with Jason Rae, one of Wisconsin's DNC members and a candidate for secretary. We'll also hear about state and local spring races, and our endorsement process. And we'll deal with other county party business, including efforts to build power through membership and outreach.

What: January membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

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