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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People hold signs during a protest against the coronavirus shutdown in front of the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 24, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Asks if Safer at Home Order Is 'Tyranny'
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers told reporters last week that he was “confident” the state Supreme Court would rule in his favor, and against GOP legislators who are seeking to overturn Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. Nowhere in the case do legislators bring up the idea that citizens’ fundamental...
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. The polling place was set up to offer drive-up voting where residents voted from their vehicles but it offered one outdoor voting booth for residents who walked to the polling place. The extreme measures were put in place to make the process safer for residents and election officials as the state continues its shelter-in-place order to help curtail the sp Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Democracy Wins in Wisconsin
It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Karofsky...
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Moderate voters don’t necessarily want a President who takes unpopular positions. They want someone who can reassure Wall Street and stop this nightmare we are all living through. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Shows That We Don't Need Return to Normalcy—We Need President Bernie Sanders
A few short months ago, neither the coronavirus pandemic nor Joe Biden’s coronation was visible on the horizon. We’re living in a different world now. The coronavirus pandemic exposes the huge cracks in our society that Sanders has been pointing out all along. As we shelter in place, with our...
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Sanders is absolutely right that the current public-health crisis, and its economic aftershocks, expose the great vulnerability of our unequal, increasingly unjust society. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 16, 2020
The Democrats’ Coronavirus Divide
Last night’s Democratic candidate debate, held amid the coronavirus crisis in a nearly empty CNN studio in Washington, D.C., provided voters with what might be their final chance to see, in stark relief, the choice between the two remaining contenders for the Democratic nomination: Joe Biden and...
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The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Election 2020: Transformation or Stability?
When Democrats discuss beating Donald Trump, over and over again I hear the same comments: Everyone has to vote, and we can’t have those Bernie Sanders supporters refusing to get in line behind the nominee again, the way some of them refused to do when Hillary Clinton ran in 2016. Dems are worried...
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We are so accustomed to a lone voice-in-the-wilderness candidate who tries to stake out progressive positions only to be condescendingly ushered offstage by the sensibly centrist popular kids, this moment in history snuck up on us. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them
In the lead-up to Tuesday night’s Democratic debate at Drake University in Iowa, there was a lot of chatter about the growing negativity between the progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The CNN moderators did their best to draw it out, asking Sanders whether it was true that...
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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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