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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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Running away from the GOP

By: - August 2, 2021

The head of the Republican Party of Wisconsin quietly stepped down last week. According to Wispolitics it was during a recent summer vacation with his young children that it suddenly occurred to GOP state chair Andrew Hitt that he ought to quit. Can you blame him? Hitt took the job in 2018, right after Republicans […]

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The organized takeover of Wisconsin courts

By: - July 29, 2021

It barely rated a mention in the news when, on June 28, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order relieving Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer of her leadership duties.  Neubauer ran for the Supreme Court in 2019 with the support of Democrats and progressives, in an election won by a razor-thin margin by […]

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Superintendent calls on public to press Legislature for school funding

By: - July 28, 2021

On Tuesday, after the Wisconsin Legislature rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ call to hold a special session to increase funding for schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly released an unusually strong statement criticizing legislative leaders for ignoring the urgent needs of students. Citing the surge of the delta variant of COVID-19 just as Wisconsin […]

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Gov. Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers taste test Wisconsin cheese | Facebook

Who’s got Evers fever?

By: - July 15, 2021

State Democrats are crowing about Gov. Tony Evers re-election chances. In an email this week with the subject line “Evers Fever,” the Democratic Party of Wisconsin touts the “bipartisan budget” and GOP tax cuts — for which Evers is taking credit — as well as the $5 million the governor has already raised for his […]

Gov. Tony Evers signs the 2021-23 biennial budget at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, after making 50 partial vetoes (screenshot | Gov. Evers Facebook video)

Gov. Evers gives Legislature a ‘second chance’ to fund schools

By: - July 9, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers signed the state budget on Thursday at an elementary school in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitewater, emphasizing the importance of funding for schools and handing out pens to a group of schoolchildren who stood behind him.  “I am proud to be the ‘Education Governor,’ and I believe, as I have often said, […]

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Advocates hold their breath for Evers’ budget announcement

By: - July 7, 2021

With the deadline upon the governor to either sign, partially veto, or veto the entire state budget presented to him by the Republican-led Legislature, advocates hope Evers will find some way to preserve his vision for increasing support for schools, which the Legislature decimated in the version it sent to his desk last week. “I’m […]

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Our 4th of July crisis

By: - July 3, 2021

Americans have two new things to celebrate on the 4th of July this year — pandemic restrictions have lifted, and Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. To underscore both of these happy facts, the Democratic National Committee hired a plane to fly over Lake Michigan on Friday afternoon, visible to Milwaukeans […]

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Supreme Court summarily ends Court of Appeals chief judge’s term

By: - June 30, 2021

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer was relieved of her leadership duties by the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Annette Ziegler.  Neubauer ran as a progressive candidate for the Supreme Court in 2019 and was defeated by Justice Brian Hagedorn The three progressive justices on the Supreme Court reacted to this unprecedented action in […]

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

Six Democrats make their case for taking Ron Johnson’s Senate seat

By: - June 30, 2021

A lot of Democrats are itching to run against Wisconsin’s Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who has closely allied himself with Donald Trump, made a name for himself by promoting a wide range of conspiracy theories, and blocked pandemic relief for his constituents while helping to craft tax breaks that specifically benefited his own business. Just […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A protester holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. 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 low can Wisconsin Republicans go?

By: - June 29, 2021

The top news out of the Wisconsin Republican convention last weekend was Trump’s attack on our state GOP leaders and their groveling response. Like Voldemort’s followers in the Harry Potter series, they continue to abase themselves even as the object of their adoration rewards them with torture. It’s creepy to watch. On the eve of […]

Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters staged a large picket line outside MPS administration building on Vliet Street on Milwaukee's west side on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Charles Edward Miller/Creative Commons CC BY SA 2.0)

Angst and uncertainty over Wisconsin’s budget for schools

By: - June 25, 2021

Blaise Paul, the business manager for the school district of South Milwaukee, calls the Republican budget for schools “the very definition of fiscal irresponsibility.” “It’s shocking to me,” he says. Back at the beginning of the year, Paul says he wasn’t worried about the state budget. He knew the state revenue picture was good and […]

Bailey LeRoy and her mother, Tara LeRoy, participated in a march on the Capitol in June to publicize the funding needs of the state's schools. Bailey is a fifth grader at Palmyra-Eagle Elementary, which has been threatened with closure because of lack of funds. (Photo courtesy of Tara LeRoy.)

GOP ‘school funding’ increase is just a property tax cut

By: - June 19, 2021

Wisconsin Republicans tackled two big issues in the final version of the state budget approved by the Legislature’s joint finance committee on Thursday. One was their promise to cut taxes, which they did through a whopping $3.4 billion in tax cuts contained in the proposal, which will now move to the full Legislature and then […]