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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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Hundreds of people packed the Capitol on Thursday for a day-long hearing on Republican legislative leaders' new voting maps, which advocates and experts say are gerrymandered to lock in GOP control.

Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin maps part of a drive to undermine democracy

By: - March 25, 2022

Over and over again during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Biden nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republicans denounced the idea of “packing the Court”  by expanding the number of justices from nine to 13. But Wednesday’s decision rejecting Wisconsin’s voting maps and throwing the 2022 election process — which is already underway […]

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Can Wisconsin government ever become functional again?

By: - March 18, 2022

Politics have become so dysfunctional in Wisconsin that the Legislature has taken to simply ignoring the things people actually care about, in order to focus on wild conspiracies about how the election was stolen from Donald Trump. From removing toxic chemicals from our drinking water to adequately funding our schools to dealing with a completely […]

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The Examiner is hiring!

By: - March 11, 2022

The Wisconsin Examiner is seeking a seasoned political reporter to join our team covering the Capitol, policy and politics around the state. Join our fun, fast-paced work environment with competitive salary and  excellent benefits. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.  The position of Senior Reporter involves covering the Legislature and other beats around the state. […]

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Do-nothing Legislature skips out on Wisconsin schools

By: - March 11, 2022

Our Legislature, which earned the dubious distinction of being the least active full-time legislature in the nation during the height of the pandemic, chose, in the current session, to start its summer vacation on March 9.  That wouldn’t be so bad if the Republicans who control both the Assembly and the Senate hadn’t wasted the […]

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A moment of clarity on voting rights

By: - March 4, 2022

During Thursday’s Milwaukee Press Club panel discussion about the latest Marquette University Law School poll, Charles Franklin, the poll’s director and one of the most respected pollsters in the country, took a rare break from his usual careful neutrality to answer a question about his childhood in the segregated south in the 1950s and 60s.  […]

Marquette poll shows most Wisconsin voters are undecided

By: - March 3, 2022

The new Marquette University Law School poll, released Wednesday, shows that half of Democratic and Republican voters don’t yet know who they will support in the August 9 primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Former Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch still leads the field of Republican contenders seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, with […]

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U.S. first lady Jill Biden reaches out to 13-year-old diabetes patient and advocate Joshua Davis of Midlothian, Virginia as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address

In the State of the Union, Biden tries to hold us together

By: - March 2, 2022

In a State of the Union address focused on unity and optimism, Biden reassured the nation that “you, the American people, are strong.” We are “stronger than a year ago,” he told us. “You’ll be OK,” he said at another point, acknowledging the devastation of the pandemic, the uncertainty of the economy, of inflation, of […]

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Dems roll out BadgerCare Public Option Act

By: - March 1, 2022

Democratic legislators, together with members of Citizen Action and the Main Street Alliance introduced the BadgerCare Public Option Act during a virtual press conference Monday.  The bill, an ambitious effort to expand access to health care for Wisconsinites, was introduced by Reps. Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) and Supreme Moore Omokunde (D-Milwaukee) with Sens. Chris Larson […]

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Robin Vos’ big splash on the Assembly’s last day

By: - February 25, 2022

Robin Vos is a professional. Even when he’s down he relentlessly seeks his political advantage.  He found it on Thursday, the last day of the Assembly floor session. Democrats were incensed that Vos, in announcing his plan to wrap things up on Thursday, tossed aside dozens of bills, some with bipartisan support, that aimed to […]

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Education politics day in the Wisconsin Assembly

By: - February 23, 2022

The Assembly passed a series of education bills Tuesday focused on “parent empowerment” according to their Republican authors, most of which Gov. Tony Evers has said he is likely to veto. They include AB-995, requiring school districts to provide mandatory in-person instruction and simultaneously allowing parents to opt out of mask requirements for their children; […]

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Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

The wheels are off the wagon with GOP elections bills

By: - February 22, 2022

Wisconsin made the front page of The New York Times on Sunday in an article headlined “Scheme to Reinstall Trump Opens a Schism in Wisconsin GOP.” The state’s election audit, a raft of new voting restrictions pushed forward by Republican leaders of the Legislature, the nation’s only special counsel investigation into the 2020 election and […]

Wisconsin farm | Screenshot from the film “Get Loud: The Fight for the Soul of Agriculture” on YouTube

Wisconsin Farmers Union takes on monopolies, lobbies for change

By: - February 18, 2022

On Monday the Wisconsin Farmers Union released a short film called “Get Loud: The Fight for the Soul of Agriculture.”  “The current food system is not serving farmers, laborers in the supply chain, nor consumers. Instead, it’s serving a handful of powerful monopolies,” says WFU Communications Director Danielle Endvick, who appears in the film from […]