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, July 14, 2011
ALEC Exposed: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Democracy
Today the Center for Media and Democracy rolled out a new web site, ALEC Exposed , based on a massive leak of information from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful coalition of corporations, rightwing foundations, and state legislators who have been literally writing the laws at the state level to push their pro-business, anti- democracy agenda.
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Thursday, June 02, 2011
In the Midst of Economic Destruction, Inspiration
As things go from bad to worse in Wisconsin and other states, with massive cuts to schools, medical care, voter rights, and, as of last night in Wisconsin, the Earned Income Tax Credit , it's easy to feel overwhelmed. It's a full-time job just to keep up with the coordinated assault on our democracy, our rights, our kids' future, and basic human services that make people's lives livable.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Scott Walker's School Voucher Over-Reach
On Monday Scott Walker delivered a remarkably inane speech to an audience of school-choice advocates in Washington, DC. He began by reading from the Dr. Suess book, Oh, The Places You'll Go. (If you know anything about the politics of Theodor Geisel , aka Dr. Suess, you know he's rolling over in his grave.)
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Bullets, Snakes, and other Security Red Herrings As Wisconsin Republicans Scramble
Following two judges' court orders telling the governor he has to stop locking us out, the public has free, unfettered access to the Capitol building in Madison again . . . Well, sort of. You have to pass through TSA-type security, empty your pockets, open your purse, and submit to a full-body wanding by state troopers before going in. There's also a list of things you can't bring in posted outside the doors: Item one--animals/snakes. Snakes?
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Obama, Mubarak: We Love Pro-Democracy Protesters!
President Obama's speech on Tuesday presenting the United States government's line on Egypt was so carefully calibrated to say nothing it was almost perfect in its meaninglessness. In words so carefully chosen they sounded downright tortured (a word the President diligently avoided) Obama expressed support for the protesters in Egypt, without acknowledging that the United States has been propping up the dictator they are protesting against.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Glenn Beck Incites Violence; Keith Olbermann Departs
Even as the rightwing shouters get more extreme, with Glenn Beck inciting death threats against liberal academic Frances Fox Piven , MSNBC got rid of its leading progressive voice, showing Keith Olbermann the door on Friday. These are ominous signs.
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Nader to the NYT: 'There Is Too a Left!'
In a letter To The New York Times , Ralph Nader takes issue with the paper's editorial asserting that Tea Party victories show there is "no progressive champion" for the poor and powerless. "Hello!" writes Nader.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Great Climate Sell-Out
The unseasonably warm fall weather here in the Upper Midwest is spectacularly beautiful. Sunny and clear, it's in the 60s and 70s, with humidity so low you can see the tiniest details of the shoreline across the lake near my house. Sitting around this past weekend, enjoying the steady shower of golden leaves in the afternoon sunlight, I struck up a conversation with the mother of my three-year-old daughter's best friend.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
School Food Wars
My kids' school is awash in fresh fruits and vegetables this year.
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Back to School During Budget Cuts
Our family is lucky. Our kids attend a school with a lot of low-income children. In addition to some truly enriching exposure to other languages and cultures, our daughters benefit from an atmosphere that is relatively free of the snarky fashion police that plague many middle-class American girls' lives. Best of all, as a school with 60 percent of students on free and reduced lunch, we get small class sizes. Up until third grade, classes are capped at 15 students.
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