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, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. Se moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Follow her on Twitter: @rconniff

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It’s too late to turn back the page to the soft, centrist, consensus politics of the era before Trump. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Middle America: The Danger for Democrats
The debate among pundits in Washington, D.C., over which Democratic candidate should run against Donald Trump has come down to an argument over who is less appealing to Midwestern voters—the increasingly out-of-it, gaffe-prone Joe Biden, or scary socialists Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. (To...
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John Nichols (Photo by Joe Mabel/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) Views
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Crisis in Journalism Is a Crisis for Democracy
There is no more ardent champion of Wisconsin’s progressive tradition than John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times and the author of many books, including “The Genius of Impeachment,” “The Death and Life of American Journalism” (with...
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Polls show an overwhelming preference for fair, nonpartisan voting maps.(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Views
Monday, June 03, 2019
The SCOTUS Will Soon Decide if Republicans Can Cheat
The Republican Party and rightwing groups have worked for years to solidify their hold on power at every level of government by cheating young people, minorities, and other likely Democratic voters out of their right to have their votes count. Very soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on two...
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Nobody Above the Law Constitutional Crisis Rally, November 2018. (Photo: David Geitgey Sierralupe) Views
Friday, May 10, 2019
Trump’s Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment
ven Nancy Pelosi, who has rejected the idea of impeaching Donald Trump as a political trap for Democrats who should focus instead on the next election, is changing her tune. She now acknowledges that the country is in a “ Constitutional crisis ,” and that Congress has no choice but to act. The...
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Bernie Sanders Views
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Operation Take Down Bernie
Joe Biden’s long-awaited announcement that he is running for President—in a highly produced video with a distracting piano soundtrack—officially knocked Bernie Sanders out of first place in the Democratic field. That’s a relief for a lot of establishment Dems, who have spent the last several weeks...
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Bernie Sanders speaking to a crowd at James Madison Park on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. Friday, April 12. (Photo: Normon Stockwell) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest
More than 1,000 chilly Wisconsinites stood in the wind at James Madison Park on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, to hear Bernie Sanders speak late in the afternoon on Friday, April 12. As the state flag, the American flag, and an Earth flag snapped in a stiff breeze, and a youngish crowd of...
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It’s a new day for Democrats. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP) Views
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Middle America: The Democrats’ Dilemma
Power to the People!” blared over the speakers at Navy Pier Festival Hall in Chicago in early March, as U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders walked onstage in front of roughly 12,500 cheering supporters and declared , “We are gathered here tonight to complete the political revolution that we started three...
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 U.S. industries—especially agriculture but also construction, food service, and hospitality—are heavily dependent on Mexican and Central American labor. (Photo: Wikicommons) Views
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Trump’s Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border
For Mexico, living with the United States in the Donald Trump era is like being in a relationship with an abusive spouse. Trump is the mean drunk at the family dinner, throwing his weight around, hurling insults and threats, while everyone cringes and hopes that his rage will subside, knowing that...
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What’s important is that the Russian government meddled in our election to help him, and that we now have a President of the United States who lies continually. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Mueller Report Does Not Disprove that Trump Is a Crook
he report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which does not establish that Donald Trump or his campaign actively took part in a conspiracy with Russia to subvert the 2016 presidential election, is a major blow to Trump’s political opponents. Trump, of course, is taking it to the hoop, claiming that...
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Biden, who defends his friendliness with Republicans including Strom Thurmond, John McCain, and Mike Pence, as a healthy sign of civility and bipartisanship—comes from an era when the good old boys got together and made policy. (Photo:Jay Godwin/GoodFreePhotos) Views
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Elizabeth Warren Versus Joe Biden
Joe Biden’s almost-certain decision to jump into the 2020 presidential race means that the top three candidates for the White House in 2020 are all white men over the age of 75—Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. There’s something wrong with this picture in a political era defined by #MeToo,...
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