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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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Showdown in El Paso: Trump and Beto’s Dueling Rallies and the Uncertain Future of the Wall
On Monday night, while Donald Trump was holding his campaign rally at the El Paso County stadium to tout his plan for a border wall, about 7,000 citizens in the diverse, Democratic-leaning city marched in the streets, holding an ebullient celebration of the diversity, cultural richness, and, yes,...
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Wearing suffragette white in solidarity, Democratic women of the 116th Congress listen to the State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019. In his remarks the President stated, "we have more women in the workforce than ever before." According to the Labor Department, women's labor force participation was higher in 2012, and peaked in 2000. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Trump’s Long, Weird, Divisive State of the Union
You knew Donald Trump wasn’t going to pull off the message of “ unity ” he claimed would be the theme of his State of the Union address. Having lost the government shutdown staredown with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and then coming humbly into the House of Representatives a week late, after...
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 "If we stereotype them as sociopaths and predators right out of the gate, we push them toward the very qualities we dread." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr) Views
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Our Dangerous Impulse to Demonize the Other Side
I felt it, too. Millions of people experienced a thrill of outrage watching the viral video of protesters outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. The smug, smiling white boy in a “Make America Great Again” cap, who came on a school trip to attend an anti-abortion march, was blocking a Native...
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Former President Barack Obama at a rally in October, 2018 with Senator Tammy Baldwin, and soon-to-be- elected Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Mandela Barnes, at Milwaukee's North Division High School. (Photo: Nile Ostenso) Views
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Goodbye ‘Divide and Conquer’: With Walker Gone, Wisconsin Begins a New Era
The Capitol in Madison was packed with ebullient people—education activists in I-heart-my-public-school T-shirts, immigrant-rights activists lobbying to restore driver’s licenses to non-citizens, and many, many smiling Democrats—as Wisconsin’s new governor, Tony Evers, took the oath of office on...
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Elizabeth Warren has formed her official presidential exploratory committee, dedicating her campaign to “fighting for America's middle class.” (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
And They’re Off! Candidates Race to Challenge Trump in 2020
The cork was barely off the champagne on New Year’s Eve 2019 before a crowd of eager candidates began their 2020 presidential election stampede. Elizabeth Warren has formed her official presidential exploratory committee, dedicating her campaign to “fighting for America's middle class.” Among the...
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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Redrawing the Political Map: Gerrymandering Fights Set the Stage for 2019 and Beyond
Nowhere has the Republican plan to hang onto power at all costs expressed itself more fully than in North Carolina and Wisconsin. In both states, Democratic governors won competitive statewide elections, only to see their powers stripped away by Republicans who control the state legislatures. And...
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Trump took away the Republicans’ chance to pin the looming shutdown on Democrats when he bragged on TV that he was taking responsibility for it. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Trump’s Wall Crumbles, Government Stays Open
Build that Wall!” was the theme of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Along with his supporters’ chants of “Lock Her Up!,” his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border defined his candidacy in 2016. But now, thanks to Democratic opposition and Republican indifference in Congress,...
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This is the backdrop to the 2018 midterms, and to the whole Trump Administration, which is essentially one, long negative campaign.(Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Republicans’ Long, Negative Campaign
It has long been established that negative campaigns discourage voter turnout. Political mudslinging doesn’t just hurt the targets of the attacks. It turns people off, which results in less voting, especially by those who are least inclined to vote—“shrinking and polarizing the electorate,” as...
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The old attitude was nicely summed up by Kavanaugh himself, in a video Elizabeth Warren made public, where he joked that “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
Kavanaugh Accusations Test a ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Culture
Even over waves of screaming protesters, it seemed like smooth sailing for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, until Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with her accusation of sexual assault. All the carefully choreographed goodwill Kavanaugh had cultivated in his confirmation...
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A woman votes in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas in a polling station that reminds voters that "The vote is free and secret." (Photo: Jeff Abbott) Views
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Mexico’s Change Election
Mexico’s populist president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials, AMLO, swept the July 1 presidential election, winning in state after state where the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) had long dominated politics at every level. The election, a mandate...
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