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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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What Wisconsin could show the nation

By: - February 10, 2020

Editor’s note: Today, together with our sister publications in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania we are kicking off a series of news stories and commentary to bring you an on-the-ground view of our politically divided states, the issues that matter most to people here, and what’s missing in reports from the national media who parachute in for the […]

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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 08: Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at an Our Rights, Our Courts Forum at the New Hampshire Technical Institute. New Hampshire holds its first in the nation primary on Feb. 11. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Buttigieg and Klobuchar come out ahead in New Hampshire debate

By: - February 8, 2020

Well, that was fun. What better way to top off a week that included President Donald Trump’s defiant State of the Union, Rush Limbaugh’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Senate vote to exonerate Trump and his subsequent victory lap (including retribution against those to dared to tell the truth about him), and the catastrophically messed-up […]

Gov. Tony Evers reads to school children. (Picture courtesy of Eves' office.)

Gov. Evers calls special session to reduce property taxes, fund schools

By: and - February 6, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers held a news conference on Thursday at the state Capitol surrounded by schoolchildren, teachers and public school advocates to sign an executive order calling for a special session to increase state funding for public schools. New revenue estimates show that Wisconsin is expected to take in $812.2 million more than previously projected […]

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5: In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks about how his faith guided his deliberations on the articles of impeachment during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on February 5. (Photo by Senate Television via Getty Images)

Trump acquitted, despite one GOP defector

By: and - February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has survived impeachment, but he didn’t emerge unscathed.  The U.S. Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump on charges that he abused his power by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. presidential election and then obstructed a congressional investigation into his actions.  The vote was almost entirely partisan, except […]

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President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s scary, nihilistic State of the Union

By: - February 5, 2020

It was worse than we thought it would be.  Impeached President Donald Trump’s one hour and 18-minute State of the Union rant was a new low in American politics, even in these unprecedented times. There was the extended attack on “criminal aliens” and the sanctuary cities that shelter undocumented immigrants who are supposedly threatening the […]

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin during School Choice Week as protesters gather in the rotunda below (photo by Luther Wu)

What does school choice have to do with gerrymandering?

By: - January 29, 2020

There was something fishy about the whole spectacle at the Capitol on Tuesday, as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos parachuted in to praise Wisconsin as “the birthplace of education freedom.” Surrounded by cute kids in bright-yellow School Choice Week scarves who sang hymns, drummed, danced and recited the Pledge of […]

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

Mike Pence arrives in Madison to promote school choice

By: - January 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Madison Tuesday at 11:05 am on Air Force Two, and travel by motorcade to the State Capitol Building, where he will deliver the keynote address at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase at 12:15 pm.  The event, part of National School Choice Week, is a celebration of voucher […]

Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign points to the growth in spending by outside groups in Wisconsin elections at a press conference in the Assembly parlor on the anniversary of Citizens United. (Photo by Ruth Conniff)

Citizens United and the Big Picture

By: - January 22, 2020

As this week’s floor sessions began in both the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday, a group of legislators and campaign finance reform advocates held a sparsely attended press conference in the Capitol to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and to point out how money in politics has […]

Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) on the Senate floor. Sen Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), seated behind Miller, is also retiring. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Miller's office).

Sen. Mark Miller won’t run again

By: - January 21, 2020

Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in November. Miller served in the state Legislature 22 years, first in the Assembly, where he was elected in 1999, and then in the Senate since 2005.   “I will miss this place,” Miller said in a statement about his decision to step […]

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DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 14: Members of the media watch the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate. Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In Democratic debate, progressives resist efforts to divide them

By: - January 15, 2020

The moderators did all they could to start a fight, but Sanders and Warren refused to bite. In the lead-up to Tuesday night’s Democratic debate at Drake University in Iowa, there was a lot of chatter about the growing negativity between the progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The CNN moderators did their best […]

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State appeals court puts voter purge on hold

By: - January 14, 2020

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued two orders putting on hold Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy’s order that the State Elections Commission purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls. The court of appeals also stayed Malloy’s contempt order that would have required individual commissioners to pay $250 per day for as long […]

'Respect our vote' Capitol protest motion copy (Creative Commons 2.0)

New twists in Wisconsin’s voter purge case

By: - January 14, 2020

There was a flurry of new developments in the Wisconsin voter purge case on Monday:  Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy found the state Elections Commission in contempt of court for failing to immediately purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls after he ordered them to do so. He imposed fines of $50 per day […]