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.

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WILL files lawsuit demanding Wisconsin purge voter rolls

By: - November 14, 2019

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty announced on Wednesday that is is suing the Wisconsin Elections Commission for not purging the voter rolls of voters who may have moved to a new address. The action could affect 234,000 registered Wisconsin voters who may have moved, by insisting that they be taken off the voting […]

Sean Duffy to lobby for financial industry

By: - November 14, 2019

Sean Duffy, the former Republican congressman who is now a commentator on CNN, has a new job on K Street, Politico reports. Duffy will become a senior counsel at BGR Group, a Republican-leaning lobbying firm. As a former member of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Budget Committee, Duffy will head up BGR’s […]

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As DPI releases school report cards, public school advocates give legislators report cards of their own 

By: - November 12, 2019

Today, as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issued its annual school and school-district report cards, a public-school advocacy group released its own ratings — grading state legislators. The report cards, created by the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN), assess lawmakers in each of five categories based on their most recent budget votes. The categories […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul at the Joint Finance Committee meeting8/27/19

Court rules legislature can’t intervene in Planned Parenthood case

By: - November 11, 2019

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Court Judge William Conley’s decision to deny intervention by the Wisconsin Legislature in a case brought against the state by Planned Parenthood. The decision is a setback for the GOP-controlled legislature, which argued that a law it passed during the […]

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Wisconsinites need to tune into state politics

By: - November 8, 2019

Walking through the coffee shop downstairs from the Examiner office this week, I bumped into a neighbor who is smart, well-read and pays attention to national politics. I was just coming from the Capitol, less than a block away, where the Republican majority in the Senate was getting ready to take a dramatic vote to […]

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Rightwing groups sue state over test score report

By: - November 6, 2019

The rightwing Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), claiming the agency violated state law by “selectively” releasing data on test scores from charter and private voucher schools. WILL is representing School Choice Wisconsin (SCW), WILL Research Director Will Flanders, and Matt […]

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Senate approves constitutional amendment to curtail governor’s veto

By: - November 6, 2019

Democrats pleaded with Republicans on the Senate floor yesterday in a fruitless effort to persuade them not to push forward with a Constitutional amendment that would curtail the governor’s veto powers. “I hope we don’t waste too much time on this bill,” said Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison). “You could argue that this is a bill […]

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It’s getting harder to distract voters from Trump’s impeachable conduct

By: - November 1, 2019

As the House voted to proceed with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Thursday, one Republican member after another rose to complain that impeachment is a “sham” and that the process is one-sided, unfair to the president and a distraction from more important national-security matters. Never mind that Trump, and the Republicans themselves, […]

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Paul Ryan’s new foundation keeps him in the spotlight 

By: - October 31, 2019

Former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) announced this week that he is using some of the millions of dollars left over in his congressional campaign coffers to launch a nonprofit think tank called the American Idea Foundation. The group’s website features campaign-style videos with images of the Statue of Liberty, George Washington, the Constitution, […]

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Mark Pocan submits public comment on F-35

By: - October 30, 2019

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) submitted a public comment today on the United States Air Force’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed F-35 mission at Truax Air National Guard Base in Madison. Pocan repeated his concern about the EIS and “the inability of an average person to understand the technical descriptions of anticipated […]

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) on stage

Ron Johnson played a key role in Trump’s Ukraine negotiations

By: - October 28, 2019

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) held a previously unreported July meeting with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko. Telizhenko said Johnson reached out to hold the meeting, and the two men discussed “the DNC issue”—a reference to unsubstantiated claims that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather […]

Chris Taylor and Ret. Col Greco at the Burlington air field

Rep. Taylor takes Madison team to Vermont to learn about F-35s

By: - October 28, 2019

A group of community leaders led by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) flew to Burlington, Vermont, last week to see firsthand how a community that has recently begun hosting F-35 fighter jets is responding to the jets’ arrival. Madison Ald. Rebecca Kemble and community activist Brandi Grayson also joined the tour. The Air Force has chosen […]