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.


Column: Bullies in charge: The ‘reopen’ crowd loves beating up on women

By: - May 20, 2020

Wisconsin has been re-opened for business. Forcibly reopened, it turns out, by Republican legislative leaders and four state Supreme Court justices. In a messy decision filled with incendiary language and spurious claims, the court overturned Gov. Tony Evers stay-home by “torturing the plain language” of a state statute, as Justice Rebecca Dallet put it in […]

Tough times on the farm: Why Midwest agriculture was on the ropes before coronavirus

By: and - May 18, 2020

All in all, 2019 was a terrible year for farmers across the Midwest. And 2020 doesn’t look much better. Bad weather, trade wars and low prices due to oversupply all contributed to the grim economic news, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc with export markets. “Agriculture has been in a pretty strong downturn […]

Pence to talk school choice Tuesday in Wisconsin

By: - January 28, 2020

It’s a busy week for the Trump/Pence ticket in the Upper Midwest, with Vice President Mike Pence set to talk Tuesday about school choice in Madison, Wis., and President Donald Trump planning to tout his record on trade in Warren on Thursday. Next week, Pence is scheduled to stump in Cumberland County, Pa. Pence was […]

Betsy DeVos’ Wisconsin voucher school visit draws fire

By: - September 16, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a “Back to School” tour on Monday with a visit to a private voucher school in Milwaukee — a city described by the Department of Education in a press release as the “birthplace of education freedom.” “Thanks to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, now in its 30th year, […]