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Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.

First Lady Jill Biden at Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School in Milwaukee | Screenshot WisconsinEye

Jill Biden visits Milwaukee school

By: - September 15, 2021

On Wednesday First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Milwaukee for the first time since Inauguration Day, to visit Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School and talk about keeping students safe as they return to in-person learning.  Pratt, a Milwaukee Public School that receives federal Title I funding because of its high number of children in poverty, […]

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Citing COVID risk, Democrats on Assembly education committee walk out 

By: - September 15, 2021

As students and teachers begin an uncertain school year, with classrooms open for in-person instruction and the delta variant surging, the Assembly education committee met on Tuesday for a hearing on a bill to improve reading scores and tackle the achievement gap. But just as the hearing got underway, all the Democrats on the committee […]

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Safar takes the helm at Law Forward

By: - September 13, 2021

Law Forward, Wisconsin’s nearly one-year-old public interest law firm, announced Thursday that it has hired its first full-time executive director, Nicole Safar.  Safar helped lead Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for many years, including as the group’s vice president of public affairs and legal advocacy, before leaving to serve as Gov. Tony Evers’ assistant deputy secretary […]

Vivienne Kerley-de la Cruz (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Farmers Union)

A fresh face for the Wisconsin Farmers Union

By: - September 9, 2021

Eyes sparkling over a face mask decorated with little black-and-white cows, Vivienne Kerley-de la Cruz, the energetic new policy coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, slipped into a booth at Ancora coffee shop near the Capitol.  Brand new in her job, which she started in June, Kerley-de la Cruz has a background in rural organizing […]

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: A U.S. military helicopter flies over the Afghan Embassy in a leafy, quiet neighborhood in the northwest section of the U.S. capital on August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan's government more swiftly than experts expected, forcing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country and U.S. President Joe Biden to send thousands of troops to Kabul to secure the evacuation of U.S. citizens. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Resettlement, aid efforts gear up for Afghan refugees

By: - September 6, 2021

Fort McCoy, the Monroe County Army installation that has been receiving thousands of Afghan refugees as the U.S. military pulls out of their country, announced Thursday that it is expanding capacity to house 13,000 Afghans — nearly double the 7,000 people from Afghanistan currently housed there.  Also on Thursday Gov. Tony Evers announced opportunities for […]

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Why the Wisconsin Supreme Court doesn’t want to take on redistricting 

By: - September 2, 2021

The conservative legal outfit Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is once again urging the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take control of drawing the state’s political maps. But the best arguments against doing so have come from none other than the conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court itself.  Despite being rebuffed a few […]

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How do you solve a problem like Ron Johnson?

By: - August 24, 2021

The Cook Political Report recently categorized Sen. Ron Johnson’s 2022 re-election race as a “toss-up” — making Johnson the only incumbent in the country to earn that dubious distinction, which is particularly unusual for a two-termer whose challenger is yet to be determined. And that was even before Johnson’s top-polling prospective opponent, Lt. Gov. Mandela […]

BOWIE, MARYLAND - MARCH 25: Nurses draw vaccine doses from a vial as Maryland residents receive their second dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the Cameron Grove Community Center. The vaccinations were provided by Prince George's County's Mobile Units. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pocan proposes using Pentagon funds to ramp up global vaccination effort

By: - August 20, 2021

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) wants the U.S. to spend a fraction of its military budget on worldwide COVID-19 vaccines. Pocan introduced the COVID Defense Act this week, which would transfer 1.3% of U.S. military spending — $9.6 billion — to global vaccination efforts. “We can’t bomb our way out of a global pandemic,” […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: A U.S. military helicopter flies over the Afghan Embassy in a leafy, quiet neighborhood in the northwest section of the U.S. capital on August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan's government more swiftly than experts expected, forcing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country and U.S. President Joe Biden to send thousands of troops to Kabul to secure the evacuation of U.S. citizens. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Afghan refugees remind us of how connected we are to the rest of the world

By: - August 19, 2021

Early this week, as the eyes of the world focused on the rapidly unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  in Washington, DC, sent out a poignant press release. The group’s statement had nothing to do with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, or the Muslim refugees desperately trying to flee the Taliban […]

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William Frantz Elementary School, New Orleans, 1960. "After a Federal court ordered the desegregation of schools in the South, U.S. Marshals escorted a young Black girl, Ruby Bridges, to school." Note: Photo appears to show Bridges and the Marshals leaving the school. She was escorted both to and from the school while segregationist protests continued. (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice. As a work of the U.S. federal government, this image is in the public domain (17 U.S.C. § 101 and 105)

Nonsense about critical race theory is beginning to do real harm

By: - August 11, 2021

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Legislature’s Senate and Assembly education committees will hold a joint hearing on banning critical race theory in K-12 schools.  Critical race theory — a previously obscure school of legal and academic thought that holds that racism isn’t just a matter of personal prejudice but deeply embedded in U.S. institutions through a […]

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Fighting COVID with cream puffs

By: - August 6, 2021

The changing guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 is both discouraging and confusing.  Just recently, the uber-politically correct Willy Street Co-op on the east side of Madison was a mask-free zone — a sure sign the pandemic was lifting. Now, after the entire state’s COVID activity rate suddenly was upgraded to “high” by […]

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Public school advocates meet after bruising budget battle

By: - August 3, 2021

One week after the Wisconsin Legislature gaveled in and out of a special session on school funding called by Gov. Tony Evers without taking any action, Evers told a statewide group of public school advocates that the state budget he signed is “nowhere near where we should be,” when it comes to supporting education. Speaking […]