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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.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with GOP on maps

By: - November 30, 2021

In a decision released late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court sided with Republicans, ruling that new voting maps should take a “least-change approach,” hewing as much as possible to the GOP-tilted maps that locked in a Republican legislative majority 10 years ago. The 4-3 ruling, in which the justices split along ideological lines, lays the […]

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Baldwin, Johnson issue joint press release against politicizing Waukesha

By: - November 29, 2021

In a rare joint effort, Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson issued a press release Saturday afternoon calling on outside groups not to “exploit the tragedy … in Waukesha for their own political purposes.” “We have full confidence in the local officials who responded with extraordinary professionalism, competence, integrity and compassion,” the senators added. “They […]

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Insurance Commissioner Afable retires from public service

By: - November 23, 2021

Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable is stepping down next month from the post he has held since he was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers in December 2018 and will retire from public service, according to a statement issued by Evers.  “Mark has been a part of our administration from the very beginning and his dedication to […]

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After Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, trying to make sense of senseless violence

By: - November 23, 2021

State Rep. Sara Rodriguez (D-Brookfield) was marching in the Christmas parade on Sunday afternoon with the Waukesha County Democrats and had just reached the end of the parade route when the crowd came surging up behind her. People were screaming and running from a red SUV that broke through police barricades and barreled into the […]

Police tape with red and blue lights blurred from behind it.

Tragedy in Waukesha

By: - November 22, 2021

Five people are dead and more than 40 injured after an SUV plowed through the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday afternoon.  Waukesha schools were closed for the day on Monday, with additional school counselors available at all school buildings for students who needed support. “At this time we are working with the police […]

Immigrant rights groups protest dropping of pathway to citizenship from Build Back Better

By: - November 19, 2021

The immigrant workers’ rights group Voces de la Frontera is planning a series of protests to demand a path to citizenship be included in the massive Build Back Better Act, which passed the House of Representatives on Friday and now heads to the U.S. Senate. “Democrats in Congress failed to include a pathway to citizenship […]

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse becomes emotional describing events leading up to the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum as he testifies during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse shot three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while police attempted to arrest him in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

Jury finds Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts

By: - November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who shot three people, killing two of them, during Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Kenosha, was found not guilty of all the charges against him on Friday. The Kenosha County jury in the Rittenhouse murder trial found that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and […]

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Protesters and the family of Jacob Blake hold a candle light vigil in Kenosha on Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Waiting for the Rittenhouse verdict as the world falls apart

By: - November 19, 2021

While waiting for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, I stepped out to visit the principal at my kids’ high school — the same school I attended, Madison East. East has been in the local news a lot lately for a series of rowdy protests and fights, including a recent melee in which […]

DNR scraps clean water effort

By: - November 18, 2021

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it is abandoning its effort to develop regulations that would reduce nitrate pollution in drinking water caused by manure and commercial fertilizer runoff.  “The statutory process and associated firm timelines established by the Legislature for rule-making do not allow adequate time for the department to […]

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, new COVID mutations called variants are now spreading across the U.S., including the Delta variant. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

With COVID-19 on the rise, health officials urge caution

By: - November 17, 2021

COVID-19 infection rates in Wisconsin are now higher than at any time since the delta variant hit in September and October, according to state health department officials.  At a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the rise in cases, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) officials said most Wisconsin counties are experiencing high transmission rates. “We expect […]

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State Supreme Court prepares to take up Wisconsin voting maps

By: - November 17, 2021

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order on Wednesday setting a schedule to take up the state’s voting maps in the event that Gov. Tony Evers and the Legislature do not come to an agreement on a new map — a virtual certainty, since Evers has said he will veto the map passed by the […]

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Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

McCarthyism is back with Wisconsin’s election fraud investigations

By: - November 11, 2021

Sen. Joe McCarthy is alive and well in Wisconsin. The bullying, sneering, dishonest demagogue who dragged so many people through the mud with his specious “investigations” of “unAmerican activities” in the 1950s would be impressed by the Wisconsin Legislature’s phony hunt for election fraud. McCarthy would be particularly proud of Michael Gableman, who, for the […]