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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.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly

Justice Kelly ‘unrecuses’ himself from voter purge case

By: - April 29, 2020

Justice Daniel Kelly has decided to “unrecuse” himself from a Supreme Court case involving the possible purge of more than 200,000 voters from the rolls in Wisconsin. Kelly sent a letter to the lawyers in the case, Zignego v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, on April 15 explaining that he had originally recused himself from the case […]

Dueling briefs in Supreme Court lawsuit to overturn Safer at Home

By: - April 29, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a request by a group of labor unions on Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the extension of Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order. The unions argued that for their members — healthcare workers, teachers and bus drivers — continuing the shutdown of much of […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly

Justice Kelly asks whether to ‘unrecuse’ himself in two cases

By: - April 28, 2020

Justice Daniel Kelly, the conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who lost the April 7 election to Dane Co. Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, is pondering whether or not to “unrecuse” himself from two separate cases involving Wisconsin voters. On April 15, Kelly, who was appointed to his seat by former Gov. Scott Walker, sent a letter […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaking at a podium

Sen. Baldwin: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds must go to small businesses

By: - April 27, 2020

Responding to reports of “unjust enrichment” of wealthy CEOs and hedge-fund managers through the initial $350 billion in paycheck protection funding Congress allocated in the federal COVID-19 relief package, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and 20 of her Senate colleagues, led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small […]

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U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

What is the Republican position on the pandemic? No, really.

By: - April 24, 2020

Here are a couple of things you should know about the Reopen Wisconsin rally today: It’s too crazy for Sen. Ron Johnson — the guy who suggested we weigh the relative costs of merely wiping out 1% to 3% of the U.S. population (more than have died in all the wars in U.S. history) against […]

Andrea Palm DHS

Legislature asks Supreme Court to suspend Safer at Home

By: - April 22, 2020

Leaders of the state Legislature filed suit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, challenging the extension of the Safer at Home order by Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Purporting to act under color of State law, an unelected, unconfirmed cabinet secretary has laid claim to a suite of czar-like powers — unlimited […]

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

As Mike Pence visits Wisconsin ventilator plant, Dems decry ‘no national plan’ on COVID

By: - April 21, 2020

As Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Madison Tuesday for a tour of the local GE Healthcare manufacturing facility that makes ventilators, followed by a roundtable discussion that is closed to the public, three Wisconsin Democrats are sending a letter to President Trump demanding a more coherent federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At present, […]

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)

Is COVID-19 changing Wisconsin’s political landscape?

By: - April 17, 2020

The political parties have only begun to take stock of the fallout from Wisconsin’s chaotic April 7 election. But Judge Jill Karofsky’s 10-point win over conservative Justice Daniel Kelly in the state Supreme Court race is a sign that the political winds are shifting against President Donald Trump, says Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect […]

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Madison’s Truax Field chosen for F-35

By: - April 15, 2020

U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett officially designated Madison’s Truax Field, home of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, as one of two sites that will receive the next-generation F-35A aircraft in 2023. The proposal to base F-35s in Madison has stirred significant controversy in the community, with proponents claiming the military […]

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski reads to elementary school students in Eau Claire (photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer).

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski’s ‘outside the box’ grant for public schools

By: - April 15, 2020

Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction will receive a special grant of $5.25 million from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands’ Common School Fund, chaired by State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, to cover technology needed for remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Department of Public Instruction is grateful to the State Treasurer’s office and the […]

A yard sign for Justice Daniel Kelly net the governor's mansion in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Conservative takeaway from April 7: move judicial races off presidential primary

By: - April 14, 2020

Acknowledging that Judge Jill Karofsky won the election “by a margin which I suspect exceeds the ability of anyone to challenge the results through litigation,” Rick Esenberg, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which has frequently sided with Republicans in challenging Gov. Tony Evers’ administration before the state Supreme Court, told participants […]

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A yard sign for Supreme Court candidate Judge Jill Karofsky in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Jill Karofsky’s victory is a big, surprising win for democracy 

By: - April 14, 2020

It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, on social media Karofsky supporters were warning each other “We’ll know […]