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, 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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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Citizens Struggle in the Shadow of the RNC
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Monday, August 27, 2012
In Tampa, Newt Gingrich, Scott Walker Plug Supply-Side Economics
On Day One of the Republican Convention, Newt Gingrich hosted a special Newt University session in a Hyatt hotel near the convention center.
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Monday, August 06, 2012
Tragedy in Wisconsin and Our Out-of-Control Gun Policies
The shooting rampage Sunday at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple outside Milwaukee has got to prompt serious soul-searching about our out-of-control gun policies in this country.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Recall Fever in Wisconsin But No Sign Yet of a Barn-Stormin' Obama
With the polls tightening and the energy picking up, the recall drive against Governor Scott Walker has shifted into high gear with six days to go before the June 5 election. Scott Walker and Tom Barrett filed their campaign finance reports with the Government Accountability Board Tuesday afternoon.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Elizabeth Warren Is Scary!
The Republicans are trying to sink Elizabeth Warren by linking her to the Occupy Wall Street protests. But the nation's top financial reformer is not backing down.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wisconsin Recalls: Ds 2, Rs 0
These races can legitimately give ordinary citizens hope for democracy. But make no mistake what we are up against: The hijacking and looting of our society by wealthy, well organized corporate interests. Wisconsin's summer recall elections are over, and the tally is: Democrats--2, Republicans--0. That leaves the state senate divided by just one Republican vote, and increases pressure on state Republicans to break ranks with their divisive leader, Governor Scott Walker.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
ALEC, Republicans Beat Up On Kids in Special Ed
Republican lawmakers and corporations have a new target: kids in special ed.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Republicans' 'Naked Power Grab' in Wisconsin
Senator Chris Larson of Milwaukee summed up the Republicans' rush to pass their redistricting maps in Wisconsin during a special session on Tuesday, July 19: "This is a straight-up power grab," he said. "We've had ten days to look at something that is going to impact the next ten years," Larson added. "This is the only day we're here, in special session, and the only reason is to lock in power."
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