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, July 24, 2013
The Rightwing Attack on Public Employee Pensions
The rightwing argument that public employees bankrupted Detroit is incredible on its face. But it is part of an ominous national push to raid pensions, give away tax dollars to corporations, and impose austerity on regular working people.
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Monday, July 08, 2013
Wisconsin Anti-Choice Law Mirrors Texas
On Friday July 5, while Wisconsinites were distracted by the long holiday weekend, Governor Scott Walker held a private ceremony to sign into law an anti-abortion bill that contains the same highly restrictive, medically unnecessary provisions that provoked a filibuster and made national news in Texas. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU immediately filed suit, calling the law unconstitutional and asking for a restraining order to block it.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Pro-choice Women Should Take On Republican Govs
After losing the Presidential election in 2012 thanks to the biggest gender gap in history, Republicans are redoubling their "war on women" program in 2013.
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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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