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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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Iowans Vote for Revolution, Reject Establishment
The Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders tie in the Iowa caucuses made it official: Voters are fed up with the political establishment. Hillary, who finished ahead by a tiny margin in the closest Iowa Democratic caucus in history , did her best to present the results as a win, telling supporters at her “...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In Debate, Hillary and Bernie Define Two Poles
It was, as Martin O’Malley said, a very different debate from the Republicans’: no racist remarks, not immigrant-bashing, no attacks on women, no clowning or pandering to religious bigotry, and a much more serious policy discussion. In their closing remarks, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton...
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Sunday, October 04, 2015
Watching Republicans Flail is not a Strategy
It’s pretty amazing to watch the disaster unfolding in the Republican Party on both the home front and the national stage. Scott Walker, the “unintimidated” governor, has returned from the triumphant launch of his presidential campaign with his tail between his legs, House Speaker John Boehner is...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights
“This is a historic moment to end 13 years of legislative malpractice” NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia says of the federal K12 education law that Congress is currently hashing out. Congress has failed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ever since George Bush rewrote the...
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Monday, June 22, 2015
As the School Year Ends, Public Education is in Doubt
School is out for the summer, and kids are overjoyed. But across the country, the future of public education is in serious jeopardy . Where will public schools be in a year? Here is a quick primer on some of the key issues that relate to the fundamental question: Will America maintain or destroy...
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Friday, April 03, 2015
#BoycottIndiana Turns Up the Heat
The threat of a nationwide boycott on the eve of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament sent Republicans in Indiana scrambling to amend their anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Now Governor Mike Pence, who signed the Act last week, has signed an amendment that specifically declares...
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Growing Progressive Movement to Save Public Education
All over the country, a growing movement of parents, teachers, and students is rising up against over-testing, school closings, and shady schemes that channel public funds into private schools. Saving public education is shaping up to be a key issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign. In a front-...
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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
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 02, 2014
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
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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