Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is editor of The Progressive magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @rconniff

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:45pm
After The Republican Sweep
It was a truly terrible night for Democrats, and for voters who care about progressive values. The Republicans took control of the Senate, and added to their majority in the House. Mitch McConnell is the new Majority Leader. Obama’s chance to make appointments to the federal bench, including the U...
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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 8:45am
Republicans Smear Mary Burke, Sneer at Minimum Wage
Silly season is almost over. But in these waning days before the November 4 election, Republicans are getting in their last shots at Democrats, voters, and workers who must survive on the minimum wage. In Wisconsin, the rightwing news outlet Wisconsin Reporter ran a story this week claiming that...
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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:45pm
Supreme Court Blocks Voter ID in Wisconsin
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision Thursday night blocking Wisconsin's voter I.D. law, reversing the decision of the seventh circuit court of appeals, and allowing the November election to go forward without onerous new restrictions on voting rights. The decision removes an enormous...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:00am
FBI Tracks Charter Schools
There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country. From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge , from Hartford to Cincinnati to Albuquerque , FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents, and making arrests leading to high-...
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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:45pm
Water Rights March in Detroit
On Friday, July 18, thousands of people marched through downtown Detroit to call attention to a major public health crisis as the city shuts off the water for residents who are behind on their bills. Chanting, “Fight! Fight! Fight! Water is a human right!” and “Whose water? Our water!” about 5,000...
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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago's Teachers Union. (Credit: The Progressive) Views
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:15am
Brown v. Board of Education at Sixty
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine, fundamentally changing the life of our nation. The Brown v. Board of Education decision “ignited the spark of courage among the nation’s forces fighting for equality of opportunity for all,” The Progressive...
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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:15am
Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurt Poor Kids
Gordon Lafer, a political economist and University of Oregon professor who has advised Congress, state legislatures, and the New York City mayor's office, landed at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week bringing with him a briefing paper on school privatization and how it hurts poor kids...
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:53pm
Starting Today, Gov. Scott Walker is Officially in Hot Water
Today a court of appeals in Madison, Wisconsin, will release thousands of previously sealed emails that belong to convicted felon and former Scott Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 1:24pm
Republicans Are Betting on a Losing Strategy in 2014
Even as 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost their lifeline this weekend, Republican members of Congress were getting excited that their chances for 2014 look good. They are seriously deluded.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:35am
Budget Deal Hurts the Unemployed, Misses the Point
The bipartisan budget deal reached Tuesday by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, lifts the drastic sequester cuts on military and domestic programs, shifts cuts to other programs, and marks a cease-fire in the budget wars in Washington.
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