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.

Lisa Subeck speaks on abortion at Capitol

Advocates discuss practical, political implications for Wisconsin if Roe v Wade is overturned

By: - May 6, 2022

“We have to remember that this is still a draft opinion and not a formal decision, and abortion remains legal in Wisconsin today,” said Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Atkinson spoke during an online town hall meeting her organization convened on Wednesday to discuss the implications of the leaked draft […]

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‘We saw this day coming’ — midwives prepare to protect abortion access in Wisconsin

By: - May 4, 2022

The morning after the terrible news broke about the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v Wade, I called my homebirth midwife, Ingrid Andersson. Ingrid is my hero. She helped me have all three of my daughters at home. No one is more dedicated to women’s health and bodily autonomy, to creating a warm, nurturing […]

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justices are hearing arguments in a Mississippi case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade. Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom.

Draft U.S. Supreme Court decision overturns Roe v. Wade

By: - May 3, 2022

Politico reported Monday on a leaked draft opinion circulated among justices of the U.S. Supreme Court calling for overturning the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing abortion rights. “The immediate impact of the ruling as drafted in February would be to end a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state […]

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin

Sexism and the Marquette Poll

By: - April 29, 2022

Two startling questions in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll ask participants how much they agree with the following statements: Women seek to gain power by getting control over men Women exaggerate problems they have at work The wording, poll director Charles Franklin explains, was chosen from a battery of 22 questions designed by […]

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Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Michels is no political ‘outsider’

By: - April 26, 2022

With multimillionaire construction company owner Tim Michels’ announcement Monday that he’s joining the Republican primary for governor, yet another “outsider” is vying to “take back” Wisconsin from the “radical left” as well as “establishment Republicans.” Michels, who challenged former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold unsuccessfully in 2004, then dropped out of sight, is running against former […]

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette

Primary challenge stirs up the race for Wisconsin Secretary of State

By: - April 21, 2022

The head of the Dane County Democratic Party, Alexia Sabor, will challenge Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette in an August primary, Todd Richmond of the Associated Press reported Wednesday.  Democratic consultant Sachin Chheda confirmed that he is helping Sabor prepare for her run and that she will make an official announcement soon.  “After […]

WIsconsin State Capitol with yellow and orange tulips in bloom near Lady Forward

Five signs of hope in Wisconsin’s dreary political landscape

By: - April 20, 2022

The Wisconsin landscape has been looking pretty bleak lately, and not just because of the late April snow. The Supreme Court’s late Friday decision to reverse course, approving the voting map drawn by Republican legislators it had previously rejected, creates an even bigger gerrymander than our already heavily lopsided map, locking in large Republican majorities […]

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson out of governor’s race

By: - April 19, 2022

“After much thought and difficult deliberation, I’ve decided against another race for governor,” former Gov. Tommy Thompson said in a one-page statement released Monday.  Thompson, who was elected governor four times and served fourteen years starting in 1987, was already the longest serving governor in Wisconsin history. He was considering joining a Republican primary field […]

Sen. Ron Johnson via official Facebook page

Ron Johnson’s tax rebellion

By: - April 14, 2022

On tax day this year, wouldn’t you like to be Sen. Ron Johnson?  Wisconsin’s senior U.S. senator paid only $2,015 in state income tax in 2017, despite earning more than $450,000 that year. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice, who first reported on Johnson’s teeny-weeny tax bill, pointed out that the multimillonaire’s 2017 Wisconsin tax […]

Evers speaking in Assembly chambers with Vos behind him

Evers sets a veto record as toxic partisanship ramps up

By: - April 11, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers took action on 78 bills Friday, signing 35 bills passed by the Legislature this session and vetoing 43 bills — bringing the total number of bills he has vetoed in the latest session to 98, a new record for Wisconsin governors. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos immediately put out a press release deriding […]

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Conservatives’ school board push yields mixed results in Tuesday elections

By: - April 6, 2022

Republicans and conservative activists put on a major push to take over school boards in Wisconsin this year, culminating in Tuesday’s nominally nonpartisan elections throughout the state. In 53 school board races in Wisconsin, candidates took a stance on conservative hot-button issues including  race in education, coronavirus responses, or sex and gender in schools, according […]

Mandela Barnes in a scene from the "Change the Game" video on his official campaign website | Screenshot via YouTube

The optimist: Mandela Barnes’ Senate campaign aims to bring Wisconsin back together

By: - March 31, 2022

In the rolling farmland of Green County in south-central Wisconsin, about 40 minutes northwest of Beloit, a caravan of cars pulls into the muddy yard at the Riemer Family Farm. Cows watch from a nearby field as Jen and Bryce Riemer come out onto their front porch to welcome Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, the leading […]