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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Thursday, May 09, 2013
How School Privatizers Buy State-Level Elections
A fundamental struggle for democracy is going on behind the scenes in statehouses around the country, as a handful of wealthy individuals and foundations pour money into efforts to privatize the public schools.
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Move Over, Koch Brothers: A Bigger, Darker Rightwing Funder Is Out to Destroy Public Education
It's "the most powerful organization in America that no one seems to know about." That's how Scot Ross, executive director of the progressive think tank One Wisconsin Institute , describes the Bradley Foundation .
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Monday, April 29, 2013
After the Boston Bombings: A Police Chief for Peace
As the fog of our perpetual "war on terror" descended again after the Boston Marathon bombings, veteran police chief David Couper reflected on the dangers of loose explosives, why we should resist militarizing the police, and how cops who serve as "social workers in blue" can do more to keep us safe than SWAT teams and "police of
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Why Does It Matter If Boston Bombing Is "Terrorism"?
In his brief statement today, President Obama said both that the FBI is investigating the Boston Marathon bombing as an act of terrorism and that "we don't know who did it or why," adding that it's not clear if the deaths and dismemberments at the marathon finish line were caused by a terrorist organization or by a "malevolent individual."
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Bernie Sanders Takes on 'Too Big To Jail'
Senator Bernie Sanders challenged Attorney General Eric Holder in a speech on the Senate floor this week .
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Paul Ryan Keeps Up the Bad Work
The deficit hawks just won't quit. Never mind that the deficit is actually shrinking steadily as a share of GDP. "Debt Threat!" screamed a typical banner on CNBC this morning, where a full-employment program for the pundits of economic doom is under way, with constant warnings about the debt and deficits. No wonder cable viewers don't know that the deficit is actually decreasing.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Voting Rights Under Attack
In an incendiary new report, "Rig the Vote: How a National Effort to Attack Voting Rights Landed in Wisconsin" , the Center for Media and Democracy and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund show how Republicans and rightwing groups across the country are working to undermine elections and ensure a Republican lock on electoral college votes in states that have historically voted Democratic.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Right to Work: As Goes Michigan, So Goes The Nation
As the world watches massive labor protests at the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, today, Wisconsinites are seeing a repeat of the struggle in Madison two years ago.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
How Obama Trapped Himself in Chicago Teachers’ Strike
The Chicago teachers' strike put President Obama in an awkward position. Caught between his own former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and his base of support in the teachers' union, he was easy prey for Mitt Romney, who declared that the President had taken the teachers' side (not true) and that Democrats and unionized teachers are the enemies of parents, school children, and quality education.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The Democrats' Big Challenge
Right after the Republican convention in Tampa, I bumped into a neighbor at the grocery store. She had been out canvassing for Obama, she told me, but was giving it up. People were too hostile, she was tired of all the negative reactions, she just wasn't going to do it anymore. Since I had just emerged from the RNC bubble, I first imagined she was talking about Republican voters.
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