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 the author of "Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers" which won the 2022 Studs and Ida Terkel award from The New Press. She 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 lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.

President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House Aug. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Will the Wisconsin GOP help Trump steal the election?

By: - September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November. In answer to a reporter’s question last week, Trump doubled down on his attack on election integrity, particularly mail-in ballots, which the president insists, without evidence, are a vehicle for voter fraud.  “Get rid […]

A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place in Milwaukee for the April 7, 2020, primary election. Residents waited sometimes more than two hours to vote at this site, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images

Tammy Baldwin, advocates say voters are energized to defend Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat

By: - September 24, 2020

As absentee voting began this week in Wisconsin, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and advocates with the Save the Vote Campaign held a press conference to outline the high stakes in the November election.   Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United and Let America Vote described the fight to defend the legacy of the late Justice […]

MANITOWOC, WI - SEPTEMBER 21: Jill Brunscheen, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, attends a rally outside the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry on September 21, 2020 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Biden spoke at the foundry during his second campaign stop in Wisconsin this month. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Biden and Trump: Who’s the real populist?

By: - September 22, 2020

It was a sharp contrast. President Donald Trump’s jammed-together, cheering crowd in Mosinee last week defied a statewide mask order and basked in the president’s taunting and provocative rants. Then, on Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped into an aluminum plant in Manitowoc for a  low-key, socially distanced event. Biden himself wore a mask […]

Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson (official Senate photos)

Sens. Johnson, Baldwin clash on filling Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat

By: - September 21, 2020

In a phone interview from quarantine, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke with Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, to explain why he favors a quick nomination and confirmation to fill the seat left vacant after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, despite his assertion in 2016 that “Instead of a […]

Ron Johnson with his mouth open in a yell

Ron Johnson quarantined for COVID exposure, skips Trump rally

By: - September 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office announced on Thursday that Johnson will be under quarantine until Sept. 29 after being exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Johnson, who had been planning to travel with President Donald Trump to a rally in Mosinee, Wis. on Thursday night, tested negative for the virus on Wednesday. “Sen. Johnson was […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, after the protests, unrest, and shootings that occurred in late 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Resisting chaos, division and despair

By: - September 17, 2020

It’s getting harder not to be overwhelmed by bad news. The looming election, the hazy skies from Western fires that portend climate disaster, the end of summer and an ominous coronavirus spike as we head into winter with no pandemic finish line in sight — all of the ills of the world seem to be […]

Flag at half staff (phot by Circe Denyer, public domain CC0)

Gov. Evers orders flags lowered on  9/11

By: - September 11, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers ordered flags of the United States and Wisconsin flown at half-staff Friday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attacks of Sept. 11 2001 and in honor of the State Day of Service. “On the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives, […]

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court delays mailing of absentee ballots

By: - September 10, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order on Thursday afternoon halting the mailing of absentee ballots to Wisconsin voters until the Court decides whether Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins should be added to the ballot. The order was issued by Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and justices Rebecca Bradley, Brian Hagedorn and Annette Ziegler — […]

A Trump sign on the side of the road in Buffalo County (photo by Ruth Conniff)

Rural Wisconsin is divided, but still leans toward Trump

By: - September 10, 2020

Driving through the rolling green hills of Western Wisconsin, you’ll see many giant Trump 2020 banners waving over golden fields of corn. Occasionally, a Biden sign propped against the side of a barn competes with the Trump-supporting neighbors across the road. But an informal survey on a recent weekend drive shows the Trump banners appear […]

Jill Biden holds a virtual back-to-school roundtable in Green Bay (screenshot)

Jill Biden’s back-to-school supermom chat in Green Bay

By: - September 8, 2020

As students across Wisconsin began the school year online, Jill Biden held a town hall meeting with two Green Bay mothers and Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to discuss the challenge of meeting children’s educational needs during the pandemic. During the virtual campaign stop for her husband, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Jill Biden talked […]

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

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris hold dueling Labor Day events in Wisconsin

By: - September 7, 2020

Speaking outside the Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse on Labor Day, Vice President Mike Pence told the crowd: “I can’t think of a better place to be on an American holiday when we celebrate America’s tradition of hard work and the American Dream.” Pence said he brought greetings from “the best friend American workers […]

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 03: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden arrives at General Mitchell International Airport with wife Jill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Biden is traveling to Wisconsin to visit the family of Jacob Blake, whose shooting by police sparked protests in Kenosha. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s moment in Kenosha

By: - September 4, 2020

Joe Biden finally came to Wisconsin, visiting Kenosha hard on the heels of President Donald Trump’s spectacularly callous, divisive campaign stop here. The Democratic presidential nominee had not yet set foot in the Badger State during this election season, despite the Democrats’ decision to hold their convention in Milwaukee — part of an effort to […]