Ruth Conniff

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After 22 Years Sen. Miller Stepping Down

After 22 Years Sen. Miller Stepping Down

Monona Democrat muses on a changing Capitol. “Compromise is viewed as a traitorous act.”

What’s Going on With Voting List Purge?

What’s Going on With Voting List Purge?

A scramble in the courts and an uncertain future.

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Not satisfied, but cites progress on schools, health care, “Scott holes”.

Another Evers Cabinet Pick Under Fire

Another Evers Cabinet Pick Under Fire

Republicans won’t approve Dawn Crim, Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Why Pocan Voted No on Trade Deal

Why Pocan Voted No on Trade Deal

Madison Democrat the only state representative to oppose historic revision of NAFTA.

Sean Duffy’s Ex-Chief of Staff Sells Pot

Sean Duffy’s Ex-Chief of Staff Sells Pot

Pete Meachum, top aide to Duffy before Congressman resigned, now lobbies for marijuana producer.

Court Will Consider Push to Purge Voters

Court Will Consider Push to Purge Voters

What’s at stake, and what’s likely to happen.

Charter Schools Wasted $48.6 Million in State Grants

Charter Schools Wasted $48.6 Million in State Grants

Report finds 46% of schools funded are now closed or never opened at all.

LWV Challenges Voter Roll Purge

LWV Challenges Voter Roll Purge

Conservative group sues to demand purge, League of Women Voters seeks to intervene in case.

Why State Voters Cooled on Impeachment

Why State Voters Cooled on Impeachment

MU poll found small shifts add up and Trump might be helped by good economy.

Climate Change Threatens 23 Superfund Sites

Climate Change Threatens 23 Superfund Sites

Federal watchdog agency report finds 23 of 44 sites in state are vulnerable to flood hazard.

Ron Johnson Attacks Vindman, Defends Trump

Ron Johnson Attacks Vindman, Defends Trump

“I was the only member of Congress joining” delegation to Ukraine, he notes.

Duffy Will Lobby for Financial Industry

Duffy Will Lobby for Financial Industry

BRG Group “thrilled” to hire former congressman, "a star" in state politics.

Lawsuit Demands State Purge Voter Rolls

Lawsuit Demands State Purge Voter Rolls

Conservative group WILL sues and assails Elections Commission.

Legislators Can’t Intervene in Abortion Case, Court Says

Legislators Can’t Intervene in Abortion Case, Court Says

Leaves Attorney General Kaul to defend state in Planned Parenthood challenge to GOP-passed abortion law.

Right-Wing Groups Sue DPI On Test Scores

Right-Wing Groups Sue DPI On Test Scores

They claim “selective” release of data. DPI says it followed state law.

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Approves putting constitutional amendment on ballot to restrict partial veto power.

The Return of Paul Ryan

The Return of Paul Ryan

His new foundation could help Ryan plan and promote his post-Trump political career.

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

Justices question both sides in challenge to laws reducing powers of governor, attorney general.

Private School Vouchers Cost $350 Million

Private School Vouchers Cost $350 Million

Public schools lose millions, led by $37 million deducted from MPS funding, DPI data shows.

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

Republican Sean Duffy’s resignation leaves wide-open race for 7th Congressional District.

Senate Targets Governor’s Veto Power

Senate Targets Governor’s Veto Power

Pushes constitutional amendment to limit partial veto. Legal group WILL will pursue Supreme Court review.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

Senate taking up bills in committee that would expand early childhood education programs.

Majority of Wisconsin Wants Non-Partisan Redistricting

Majority of Wisconsin Wants Non-Partisan Redistricting

Polling results and votes in two-thirds of counties show support for a non-partisan process

Pocan Sees State’s Political Winds Shifting

Pocan Sees State’s Political Winds Shifting

Trump is losing Wisconsin, Democratic congressman says.

State Loses Money to Trump Border Wall

State Loses Money to Trump Border Wall

$8 million grant to Wisconsin one of 127 military projects whose funding diverted to U.S. border wall.

Shirley Abrahamson Steps Down

Shirley Abrahamson Steps Down

Her legacy saluted by liberal Ruth Bader Ginsberg and conservative Diane Sykes.

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

A “power grab” or trying to “get the constitution right”?

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Not planning to bypass governor, Fitzgerald says, but he and Vos won’t take follow-up questions.

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

Joint Resolution bill could prevent governor veto, gain second decade of gerrymandering.