Author

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.

Tom Nelson in his "garage sale" campaign video |

The Underdog: Tom Nelson’s longshot race for U.S. Senate

By: - January 18, 2022

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s announcement that he is running for a third term hardly came as a surprise to state Democrats, who have already been campaigning against the senator for months. None of them has been at it longer than Tom Nelson. The Outagamie County executive launched his campaign 15 months ago, attempting an old-fashioned […]

COMMENTARY

Ron Johnson’s announcement a mixed blessing for the GOP

By: - January 12, 2022

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s announcement that he has finally made up his mind to break his promise and run for a third term is a mixed bag for the GOP. On the one hand, since Johnson has stopped dithering and tying up the whole field of potential Republican candidates for both the Senate and the […]

COMMENTARY
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Wisconsin became ground zero for the ‘Big Lie’

By: - January 6, 2022

Wisconsin is at the center of the attack on American democracy that reached a frightening crescendo a year ago with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Apart from Derrick Van Orden, the Republican candidate for the Congressional seat soon to vacated by Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse), there were not many cheeseheads actually present for the […]

"I voted" stickers in Primrose (Photo by Henry Redman)

League of Women Voters lawsuit seeks to reactivate over 31,000 purged voters

By: - December 23, 2021

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, represented by the Fair Elections Center, Law Forward and Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP, filed suit in federal court on Wednesday to reinstate 31,854 registered Wisconsin voters who were purged from the voter rolls in July 2021. The voters were not provided notice before they were deactivated, and therefore, the […]

Screenshot from Hillsdale's 'Teaching for Virtue | K-12 Classical Education' video on the Lake Country Classical Academy website | YouTube

How a Wisconsin tribe helped launch a Trump-approved ‘Make America Great Again’ charter school

By: - December 22, 2021

The Lake Country Classical Academy, an independent charter school authorized by the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College in northern Wisconsin, opened in September in the Milwaukee suburb of Oconomowoc, about a five-hour drive south on Interstate 94 from Hayward, where the college is located — about as far away from Ojibwe land and tribal members […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his State of the State speech 1/12/21 (screenshot via YouTube)

Gov. Evers submits ‘least changes’ map to state Supreme Court

By: - December 15, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers submitted new redistricting maps to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Wednesday, which the governor’s office says are designed to comply with the Court’s order that new maps must   use a “least change” approach to redistricting. Gov. Evers had earlier advocated for the maps created by the nonpartisan People’s Maps Commission. But on […]

COMMENTARY
Boxer with gloves up

Coming together in a polarized political atmosphere

By: - December 8, 2021

In the middle of one of the worst weeks in recent memory for democracy in Wisconsin, the Rotary Club of Madison hosted a luncheon with speakers from the group Braver Angels on Dec. 1, to talk about “starting conversations, not fights” and bringing people together across our gaping political divide. As the Rotarians met to […]

Underly and Evers on the first day of school with kids outside on sidewalk

Gov. Evers announces $110 million for Wisconsin schools

By: - December 2, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers travelled to Milwaukee’s North Division High School Thursday to announce that he is directing $110 million in new federal coronavirus relief funds to Wisconsin K-12 schools. When he signed the 2021-23 biennial budget earlier this year, Evers promised to invest more than $100 million in K-12 education, saying the Legislature’s budget, which […]

East gallery in the Wisconsin State Capitol at Supreme Court entrance from across the rotunda

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 […]

Image courtesy of the City of Waukesha Facebook page

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 […]

Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable | Screenshot Wisconsin Eye

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 […]

COMMENTARY
Image courtesy of the City of Waukesha Facebook page

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 […]