March membership meeting, featuring Alder Samba Baldeh and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg

Madison Alder Samba Baldeh, who was Rep. Mark Pocan's guest to the president's State of the Union address in January, will join us for our March membership meeting. 

Also stopping by will be state Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who is in a tight race for state Supreme Court.

We'll also finish our spring endorsements, and get updates on spring races. And we have Feingold yard signs!

Child care will be provided. Please come!

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison 

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Spring primary is Tuesday

Primary day is Tuesday, Feb. 16, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The new photo ID law should not affect the majority of voters -- those with current or recently expired Wisconsin driver's licenses or DMV IDs. If, however, you don't have one of those, please click here to find out what your options are.

Kyiel Kovach

Most of our endorsed candidate have only one opponent or are unopposed, and will not appear on the primary ballot. One who does have a primary is Kyiel Kovach (right), who is one of three challengers to a conservative incumbent in the Sun Prairie City Council, District 1, seat. We urge District 1 residents to support Kyiel. 

We have not been asked to endorse a state Supreme Court candidate, but we strongly recommend either JoAnne Kloppenburg or Joe Donald over Rebecca Bradley, the Scott Walker appointee.


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Help keep our County Board majority

Spring elections are just around the corner. In April we want to maintain or even add to our the progressive supermajority on the County Board.

Can you help?

Sign up for lit drops, canvassing and other GOTV activities here. 

Or donate to our 2016 campaign fund here.

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February membership meeting, featuring Rep. Chris Taylor

Madison's Chris Taylor, one of the Democratic stars in the Assembly, will join us for our February membership meeting. In this critical election year, she will explore the changing rules of the game, and the need for public disclosure of the special interests now pulling strings behind the scenes.

We will also have short presentations from representatives from the presidential campaigns, followed by a straw poll, which you won't want to miss. And we will vote on endorsements for candidates in the spring election. 

We know that parents of young children can't always make the meetings, so we will provide babysitting for this meeting. To give us a sense of how many kids will be coming, please RSVP at this link. If babysitting is popular we will try to provide it for meetings going forward.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

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Presidential debate watch party

Your county party, with the South Central Federation of Labor and the NAACP, is co-hosting a watch party for the Democratic presidential debte in Charleston, SC. Beer and other beverages will be available. Bring a dish to share if you can. See you there!

When: 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (debate telecast) Sunday, Jan. 17
Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison

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January membership meeting, featuring Erin Forrest of Emerge Wisconsin

Happy New Year! Come out and join fellow Democrats for our first membership meeting of this big election year. We'll hear from Erin Forrest, executive director of Emerge Wisconsin, which plays a major role in bringing more progressive women into politics and into public office. We'll also vote on endorsements for several spring races, and we'll vote on at-large nominees for the Dane Dems board. 

Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13

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Holiday party

Celebrate the season with fellow Democrats at our annual holiday party and fundraiser. We'll have plenty to eat, a cash bar and short program -- and no conflict with the Packers, who play the previous Thursday.

To provide the party with resources we need for success in both spring and fall 2016 elections, please consider being a sponsor with a gift of $100 or more. To sponsor, contact Dorrie Sundquist at, or go to Sponsorship deadline is Nov. 22, so don't wait!

Where: Cardinal Bar, 418 E. Wilson St., Madison
When: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6

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November Membership Meeting (with Russ Feingold), Elections and Food Drive

You are invited to come to our November General Membership Meeting and Executive Board Elections. Our guest speaker that evening will be Russ Feingold. We will also be holding our Executive Board Elections and holding a Thanksgiving food drive for the Goodman Community Center.

Where: Concourse Hotel (1 W Dayton St., Madison)

When: Wednesday, November 11th, 7PM

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Dem presidential debate watch parties

The Trump show was entertaining, but now it's time for the serious candidates. Watch with fellow Dems, and help your county party build resources for next year's races. Funds raised now will support local and state progressives in April and build the local infrastructure for state and federal races in November. To sponsor, contact Dorrie Sundquist at, or go to


What: Democratic presidential debate watch party and fundraiser

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

Two locations:

  • Hop Haus, 231 South Main Street, Verona
  • Wando's, 602 University Ave. (Third Floor), Madison (Co-hosted by UW and Edgewood College Dems and Young Progressives)
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Dane Dems October Meeting: New Location

We'll have some more info up on the guests and program for the October Dane Dems meeting soon, but just as a heads-up, this month we'll be at the Madison Public Library Downtown branch, and not the Concourse. 

Wednesday, October 14th, 7pm, Madison Public Library. 

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