2.25.2005

Progressing

From Undernews, "Third Party Gains Power in Madison, Wisconsin". Clips:
DEAN MOSIMAN, 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 . . .

Progressive Dane emerged from the local chapter of the Wisconsin Labor-Farm party, which was patterned after Germany's progressive Green Party. PD has thrived in liberal Madison partly because local Democrats concentrate on state and national electoral politics. Democrats don't do grass-roots work on leftist social justice causes or issues like low-cost housing, tenant rights and good land use, members said . . .