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.

Senate Education Chair Luther Olsen via on 3/11/2020

Sen. Luther Olsen challenges school-choice advocates over open enrollment

By: - March 12, 2020

Should students across the state of Wisconsin be allowed to spend part of their day outside their regular school, taking classes at public schools in other districts or at private and charter schools? That was the contentious subject of debate at Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee hearing. Senate Bill 789, introduced by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River […]

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Wisconsinites favor ‘big, structural change’ to health care, survey shows

By: - March 10, 2020

A new study conducted by Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the nonprofit healthcare research organization Altarum Healthcare Value Hub shows that a majority of Wisconsinites across party lines are concerned about the high cost of healthcare and support government-led solutions. The survey of more than 1,000 Wisconsin adults, conducted from Oct. 29, 2019 to Nov. […]

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 03: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) poses for a selfie. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the Democratic primary field narrows, women watch from the sidelines

By: - March 6, 2020

A lot of Democratic primary voters are still getting their bearings after the political winds shifted on Super Tuesday to fill Joe Biden’s sails, followed by Elizabeth Warren dropping out.  Women, in particular, are struggling with a race that started out featuring so many strong female candidates only to narrow to two white, male septuagenarians […]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make- (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Super Tuesday delivers a bracing jolt of Joe-mentum 

By: - March 4, 2020

Joe Biden was triumphant. “They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing,” he declared in his victory speech Tuesday night. His big wins across the country showed a sudden shift, as the Democrats finally consolidated behind a single moderate candidate, and “Joe-mentum” carried Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and the big […]

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd at a town hall at Clinton College in Rock Hill, S.C. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

After Super Tuesday, a brokered convention?

By: - March 3, 2020

What happens if no clear winner emerges from the primaries and the surviving Democratic presidential candidates go all the way to the convention with the race still up in the air? A contested convention in Milwaukee is a real possibility. “Right now it doesn’t look like anyone is on an obvious path to have the […]

Demonstrators protest changes to the Affordable Care Act on June 22, 2017 | Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Advocates push for state protections if Supreme Court overturns ACA

By: - March 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear oral arguments in October in a case that seeks to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), with a ruling expected after the 2020 presidential election.  “The timing cynically capitulates to the Trump Administration’s politically-motivated request to move until after the 2020 election what would be […]

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What’s next in Wisconsin’s voter purge battle?

By: - February 28, 2020

On Friday, Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s order to remove more than 200,000 voters from the rolls, and vacated a contempt order against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, as well as individual commissioners, for not doing so promptly. It was a victory for voting-rights advocates and Democrats who saw the purge […]

Tony Evers speaks to the Wisconsin Public Education summit in 2019.

Gov. Evers vetoes tax cut bill

By: - February 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 Gov. Tony Evers held a news conference in Wauwatosa to announce his veto of Senate Bill 821. The plan, passed by both houses of the Legislature, would have used the state’s projected revenue surplus to cut income and business taxes. The measure “failed to fulfill Republicans’ own promise to get to […]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 19: Democratic presidential candidates former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speak during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six candidates qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, which comes just days before the Nevada caucuses on February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

All hell breaks loose in South Carolina debate

By: - February 26, 2020

Elizabeth Warren wasn’t done with Mike Bloomberg quite yet. After multiple disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada it looks as though Warren’s chances of coming out ahead in the primary are increasingly slim—despite the fact that she is the most articulate advocate for progressive policy positions who can also appeal to voters across […]

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What happened to Gov. Evers’ proposal on schools?

By: - February 12, 2020

School funding did not come up in the Assembly yesterday, despite Gov. Tony Evers’ call for a special session to discuss his proposal to spend part of the state budget surplus on reducing property taxes and increasing the state’s share of education funding. Democrats started the day praising the governor’s call to restore the state’s […]

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Advocates plead with legislators to take up school funding in governor’s special session

By: - February 11, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers has called on the Legislature to meet in special session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to take up his plan to spend part of the potential budget surplus to reduce local property taxes and increase state funding for public schools. Evers wants legislators to consider using $252 million of a projected $451.9 […]

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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 […]