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 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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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
EPA Should Ban BP
As oil soaks the coast of Louisiana, the fingerpointing has begun. Government officials, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and BP, executives are trading accusations. But the blame-sharing leads nowhere. A front-page story in The New York Times points to "the enduring laxity of federal regulation of offshore operations." The current disaster "has shown the government to be almost wholly at the mercy of BP . . .
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Rand Paul Triumphs, Specter Booted, Lincoln in Run-Off
The primary upsets in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Kentucky will be billed as signs of voter discontent with the Obama Administration and Congressional incumbents, as well as a dark forecast for the future of the Democratic Party. The Tea Party also scored a major hit with Rand Paul--whatever that means. For all the excitement about Tea Party power, Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign is a wild card race carried by a movement filled with mixed and contradictory messages--some rather progressive (Paul's anti-imperialism) and some downright racist (We're all Arizonans!)
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