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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. Her book "Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers" won the 2022 Studs and Ida Terkel Award from The New Press.

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Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks’ controversial charter school

By: - July 7, 2020

Diane Hendricks, the Beloit billionaire caught on film in 2011 urging former Gov. Scott Walker to make Wisconsin a “completely red” “right-to-work” state, has a new project — a charter school that will focus on serving low-income students in her adopted hometown. The Lincoln Academy, which received conditional approval from the Office of Educational Opportunity […]

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Disruption, denial and the urge to ignore the pandemic

By: - July 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for way too long, and with case numbers going up again, it doesn’t look like it’s about to end any time soon. So you can’t really blame people for getting impatient, even despairing, about getting back to work, school and life as it was. There is a powerful […]

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Milwaukee business owners call for mandatory mask rule

By: - June 30, 2020

In a June 30 letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Cavalier Johnson, the owners of more than 70 Milwaukee businesses are asking for the immediate declaration of a mandatory mask policy to protect against the spread of COVID-19. “Please don’t let us become Florida or Texas,” the business leaders write. Hundreds […]

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Statue of Lady Forward, blindfolded, in the snow during a February 2011 protest of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill

As progressive icons fall, Madison feels the pain and heaviness of history

By: - June 29, 2020

It was a shocking, bruising, terrible week. Worst of all was the horrifying attack on Althea Bernstein, a bright, loving young woman who was sitting in her car when four white men yelled the N-word at her, threw lighter fluid through her window, and then set her on fire. Despite her physical and emotional scars, […]

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Ron Johnson defends Trump, reopening during the pandemic

By: - June 26, 2020

In a Zoom call with reporters on Friday sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club, Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defended his controversial comments at the outset of the pandemic comparing COVID-19 to the flu and its death toll to traffic fatalities. He also repeated his suggestion that government officials were going overboard with stay-at-home orders […]

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Sen. Luther Olsen (screenshot from Wisconsin Eye)

Republican moderates and the banality of evil

By: - June 22, 2020

If ever there were a time for so-called Republican moderates to stop making excuses for Donald Trump and stand up for some core values, it has long since come and gone. Yet here was retiring state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), in his farewell interview with WisconsinEye on June 15, answering a question about what grade […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Surrounded by members of law enforcement, U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order he signed on “Safe Policing for Safe Communities” during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump’s weird, rambling speech is a clear signal to supporters: Time to get off the Trump train

By: - June 17, 2020

Was anyone comforted by Donald Trump’s Rose Garden speech announcing his executive order on safe policing? “There are bad police officers,” Trump acknowledged, “but they are very tiny.” This statement came after the president assured the families of Black people killed by police, “We are going to pursue what we said we will be pursuing, […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at UW Milwaukee's Panther Arena. Trump, who is the third president to face impeached, now faces an impending trial in the Senate. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Pocan proposes invalidating liability waivers for rallies during pandemic

By: - June 16, 2020

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth)  announced on Tuesday that he is introducing legislation to prevent liability waivers from being enforced for indoor gatherings of 1,000 or more people in places where the 14-day COVID case trend is increasing. The Refusal to Accept Losses or Liability In Every Situation Act (RALLIES) Act would invalidate the liability […]

Dane County Circuit Court Judge-appointee Mario White (photo courtesy of Mario White).

An advocate for Black lives on the bench

By: - June 10, 2020

About 100 public defenders marched through the heat in downtown Madison on Monday, stopping in front of the Madison Police Department to listen to Mario White, a former public defender who was recently appointed by Gov. Tony Evers to be a Dane County Circuit Court judge, as he read the names of African Americans killed […]

CAMBRIDGE, WI - APRIL 25: Cows walk from a barn after being milked on Hinchley's Dairy Farm on April 25, 2017 near Cambridge, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

New York Times says Wisconsin farmers among top beneficiaries of Trump aid

By: - June 8, 2020

A  front-page story in the print edition of The New York Times on Monday reports that Wisconsin has received more farm aid from the half-billion dollars doled out through a federal government emergency relief program than all but two states. The article is accompanied by a photo of Sarah Lloyd, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, Farmers […]

Protesters confronting riot-clad officers on the first day. Officers were blocking side streets. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Pocan introduces uniform national standards for police

By: - June 5, 2020

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) announced on Friday that he is introducing a bill called the Police Training and Accountability Act, to establish national training standards for all law-enforcement officers, as well as a civilian-law enforcement bill of rights. Under the proposed legislation, a civilian commission would set standards of training for police, which, Pocan […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01: Demonstrators stand in front law enforcement who are holding a perimeter during protest in downtown Washington, DC. Protests and riots continue in cities across America following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree murder. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rejecting Trump’s American carnage

By: - June 4, 2020

Remember Donald Trump’s “American carnage” speech? In in his inaugural address — an opportunity most presidents use to unite and inspire the nation — Trump presented a vision of America so dark and violent it might have been the opening scene from a Batman movie: “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, […]