Ruth Conniff


A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Ruth joined the magazine as a summer intern working with the late Erwin Knoll and has been part of the team ever since. As Associate Editor for the Progressive, she opened The Progressive's Washington, D.C., office in 1997. She became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She appears frequently on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC. Ruth received an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011.


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Is Biden’s not-very-progressive record a huge mismatch for the current political moment? Read more


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2020 DNC to be held at a crossroads of racism, working class rage, and socialism. Read more

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The closing moments of the hearing seemed to serve as a therapy session for white men suffering from the uncomfortable feeling that their moral authority, as well as their power, is in decline. Read more

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Nick Solari

Sanders helped push the Democratic Party left and changed the course of American politics. But he’s missing part of the picture. Read more

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In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come. Read more


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Stacy Abrams delivered a smart, cogent, and energetic Democratic response. Read more


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Gage Skidmore

We need to check our impulse to see young white men as evil. Read more

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Midwestern farmers suffering from a long-term economic squeeze see the President as the “better evil.” Read more

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Nile Ostenso

“We’ve gotten away from who we are and the values that make Wisconsin great. Not Democratic or Republican values, but Wisconsin values: Kindness and respect, empathy and compassion and integrity and civility.” Read more


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Tim Pierce

Here’s a prediction: Political leaders who believe people are entitled to health care, food, and housing will see their stock rise in the coming year. Read more


In one scenario, courts could affirm the gerrymandered map, extend the Republican legislature’s power grab, and allow it to lock itself in power for the foreseeable future. Read more


Never underestimate Donald Trump’s willingness to pitch the country into chaos. Read more


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“It was Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus who transformed the politics of Wisconsin with racist dog-whistle messaging, and that laid the foundation for Donald Trump.” Read more



Michael Vadon

There are all kinds of bad things in the Wisconsin Republicans’ just-passed power-grab legislation. Read more


The Wisconsin GOP power grab is part of a larger national strategy that attacks the pillars of democratic governance. Progressive editor-at-large Ruth Conniff lays it all out on ‘Democracy Now!’ Read more


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Norman Stockwell

Citizens jammed the halls and chanted outside locked hearing-room doors, while Republican legislators rushed through a series of bills designed to take power away from the incoming governor. Read more

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How Scott Walker's loss in Wisconsin gives the rest of the country hope. Read more


“You’ve got a President of the United States who is a racist. Instead of having the United States be a world leader in human rights, Trump wants to be world leader of racism. It’s very difficult.” Read more