Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. 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.

Gov. Tony Evers at a virtual news conference on 4/6/20 after he delays the April 7 election. (And before the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns his order.)

Evers asks Trump not to come to Kenosha

By: - August 30, 2020

In a two-page letter to President Donald Trump, Gov. Tony Evers asked the president not to come to Kenosha on Tuesday, saying Trump’s planned visit would “hinder our healing.” In the letter, sent electronically on Sunday, Evers wrote: “I understand yesterday you indicated you would be visiting Kenosha … I write today to respectfully ask […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol Building, Madison

Supreme Court asked to throw out the order that closed Dane County schools

By: - August 27, 2020

The same law firm that recently asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask order has filed an emergency petition seeking to end the Dane County order that will keep children in grades 3-12 at home to start school online this fall. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) asked […]

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

A stark and scary vision for America 

By: - August 27, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video Wednesday in which he condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, and related the condolence call he made to the Blake family. Once again, a Black man — Jacob Blake — was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick. […]

President Donald Trump shrugging and making a face looking skeptical disbelieving

The RNC hatefest and Kenosha on fire

By: - August 26, 2020

White fear is a central theme of the Republican National Convention this week. Take Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers charged with felonies for waving loaded guns at unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters who were walking past their house.  “What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to […]

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway at the Capitol

Madison mayor denounces downtown destruction after Kenosha shooting

By: - August 25, 2020

On Tuesday morning, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway issued a statement denouncing looting, broken windows and dumpster fires around the Capitol square in the wake of the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.  “Our city honors the First Amendment and peaceful protests, but we draw the line on arson, theft, and criminal damage to property […]

Joe Biden Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a town hall hosted by the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 33 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe Biden’s radical compassion

By: - August 21, 2020

On the closing night of the Democratic convention, the whole four-day, stations-of-the-cross march through COVID, climate catastrophe, family separation, gun violence, hatred, bigotry and injustice finally made sense. This was not  “a normal convention,” as President Obama put it, but then, “It’s not a normal time.”  There was very little levity, and a whole lot […]

Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

The battle for Wisconsin

By: - August 20, 2020

“I did hear the Democrats were supposed to have their national convention in Wisconsin — but they couldn’t make it,” Vice President Mike Pence said tauntingly Wednesday at a rally outside a manufacturing plant in Darien. Pence was the third member of the Trump campaign to show up this week to rub salt in the […]

DNC on Sunday, August 16. Photo courtesy of the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee (“DNCC”).

The curtain rises on the Democratic convention

By: - August 18, 2020

Since Milwaukee had the very bad luck to be chosen to host the Coronavirus Democratic Convention, which has been moved almost entirely online, hometown press and politicians are boosting the idea that maybe Wisconsin will get a second chance in another four years. But it seems just as likely that there won’t be any more […]

An absentee ballots for the April 7 election. (Photo by Henry Redman)

Baldwin, Senate Dems demand postmaster address delays before election

By: - August 13, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined her Democratic colleagues in the Senate in sending a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expressing “significant concern” about policies DeJoy is implementing that will increase the cost of election-related mail and slow down delivery. The senators wrote to DeJoy  “We … urge you not to take any action that […]

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine issues involving race and policing practices in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

The Kamala Harris choice

By: - August 12, 2020

Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate is not exactly shocking, but it did accomplish what the vice presidential pick is supposed to do: It gave a shot in the arm to a campaign becalmed during the dog days of August, especially needed as the coronavirus pandemic put the kibosh on the […]

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 Trump’s collapse means for America

By: - August 3, 2020

Reality is finally catching up with our reality TV star president. Faced with an unprecedented economic collapse triggered by his own clear failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (something other industrialized nations have managed to pull off) the Donald tweeted hopefully last week that the November election might need to be rescheduled.  No one really […]

Mr. Dargatz's kindergarten class on the Timber Wolf Trail (photo courtesy of Peter Dargatz)

Outdoor classrooms could help solve the school reopening dilemma 

By: - July 30, 2020

To re-open or not to re-open? The great back-to-school debate currently taking place in communities all across the country pits public health against education. It’s a difficult dilemma: Should school districts pack kids into classrooms to share germs with each other and vulnerable, older school staff — even as COVID-19 rates continue to spike? Or […]