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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.

Neighbors shocked as Michael’s closes because of visa problem

By: - August 23, 2019

The news that Michael’s Frozen Custard on Monroe Street in Madison will be closing after the owner’s husband was barred from returning to the United States stunned neighborhood residents. “That’s just been a gathering place for our neighborhood forever,” said Andrea Gunn, a teacher and mother of three who lives a few blocks from the […]

Neighbors shocked by Michael’s closure

By: - August 22, 2019

The news that Michael’s Frozen Custard on Monroe Street in Madison will be closing after the owner’s husband was barred from returning to the United States stunned neighborhood residents. “That’s just been a gathering place for our neighborhood forever,” said Andrea Gunn, a high-school science teacher and mother of three who lives a few blocks […]

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Tackling prescription drug costs: ‘It’s like taking on the NRA’

By: and - August 22, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers and other Wisconsin leaders announced this week that they are taking aim at high prescription drug prices. Evers on Tuesday signed an executive order creating a task force to study the development, pricing, distribution, and purchasing of prescription drugs. “Picking up a medication shouldn’t break the bank, but it often does for […]

Teacher of the year shuns textbook, teaches real world civics

By: - August 21, 2019

Eighth-grade social studies teacher Erin McCarthy, the 2020 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, found out on the second day of school this week that she will be the Badger State’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. “It doesn’t mean that I’m the most caring or wonderful teacher,” McCarthy told her class at […]

Podcast for political junkies in Wisconsin and beyond

By: - August 20, 2019

“It’s very clear that the eyes of the world are going to be on Wisconsin for the next 18 months, and we intend to draw some conclusions about who is going to win,” Scot Ross announced in the kickoff episode of his new podcast with co-host Bill McCoshen, Win2020 with McCoshen and Ross. Ross, a […]

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Wisconsin Examiner turns one month old

By: - August 16, 2019

My oldest daughter, Lily, turned 18 at the end of July while on a canoe trip in the Canadian Arctic all summer. This week, the rest of the family and I are headed up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the Minnesota/Canada border for our last fling of summer, and to see Lily return […]

We will not ‘allow ICE…to take our friends and neighbors’

By: - August 9, 2019

Community leaders spoke out against the abuse of immigrants during a rally at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday evening. Responding to news of the massive roundup of immigrant workers at food processing plants in Mississippi that left children stranded as their parents were hauled away, immigrant-rights activists and state and local officials hurriedly organized […]

Sen. Baldwin meets with tribal leaders on climate

By: - August 8, 2019

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin travelled to northern Wisconsin to meet with members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Wednesday, to discuss the impacts of climate change on tribal land. “Extreme storms and severe flooding have threatened the location and abundance of wild rice on the Lac du Flambeau reservation,” Sen. […]

Bailey LeRoy and her mother, Tara LeRoy, participated in a march on the Capitol in June to publicize the funding needs of the state's schools. Bailey is a fifth grader at Palmyra-Eagle Elementary, which has been threatened with closure because of lack of funds. (Photo courtesy of Tara LeRoy.)

Gov. Evers embraces public school activists, touts partial veto

By: - August 6, 2019

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of public-school advocates at Central High School in La Crosse, Gov. Tony Evers thanked members of the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) for “having my back,” and called out the group repeatedly, mentioning increases in the state budget he signed for special education, mental health services and general state aid. […]

Public-school advocates gather in La Crosse

By: - August 5, 2019

On Monday, August 5, parents, teachers, administrators and public-school experts and advocates from around the state will meet at La Crosse Central High School for the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s fifth annual Summer Summit. Gov. Tony Evers and Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor are scheduled to address the group in the morning, and […]

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Critics see ‘power grab’ in lawsuit to limit Evers’ veto

By: - August 1, 2019

On Wednesday, the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) announced that it is filing an original action with the state Supreme Court, seeking to undo several of Gov. Tony Evers’ partial vetoes of the state budget sent to him by the Republican-controlled legislature. “It’s important to get the constitution right,” WILL’s executive director, […]

Justice Abrahamson’s last day at work

By: - July 31, 2019

Today is the last day on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving justice in state history and a pathbreaker who opened the way for women in the legal profession. At a farewell ceremony on June 18, former Gov. Jim Doyle remembered when his father first hired Justice Abrahamson, the former chief […]