Socialism Is Back in the Wisconsin Legislature

Daniel Hoan, one of three Socialist mayors who have led the city of Milwaukee. He served as mayor from 1916 to 1940. (Robert Sennecke / ullstein bild via Getty Images)

When a pair of newly elected Democratic legislators from Milwaukee—the city that elected three Socialist Party mayors in the 20th century—took seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly last week, they promptly announced that they would be forming a socialist caucus.

“We wanted to make sure that we were uplifting bolder ideas and solutions,” said Darrin Madison, a democratic socialist who won a competitive Democratic primary in August before his victory in November. “That’s something that democratic socialists have always done in Wisconsin.”

Madison’s fellow Assembly Democrat Ryan Clancy, who has been a high-profile member of the Milwaukee county board for several years, said, “It’s important that we do this. We are both Democrats and we are both democratic socialists. We’ll often vote with our Democratic

— source | John Nichols | Jan 11, 2023

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