Ruth Conniff

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Op Ed: Mike Pence’s Unreality Show
Op Ed

Mike Pence’s Unreality Show

The Vice President loves us. That’s why he keeps coming back to Wisconsin.

Choice, Charter Schools Get Big Payday

Choice, Charter Schools Get Big Payday

Federal Paycheck Protection grants don’t fund public schools but do fund private schools.

Beloit Billionaire Starts Charter School

Beloit Billionaire Starts Charter School

Children need better schools, says Diane Hendricks. It’s “divide and conquer,” says city official.

Op Ed: Madison Protests Targeted ‘Fake Liberalism’
Op Ed

Madison Protests Targeted ‘Fake Liberalism’

City and state have some of the nation’s 'worst inequalities'.

Op Ed: The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen
Op Ed

The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen

Retiring Republican moderate has rolled over repeatedly for the most extreme GOP ideas and politicians.

Pocan Wants Uniform National Police Standards

Pocan Wants Uniform National Police Standards

Bill includes standard for use of force, de-escalation techniques, pursuit practices.

Biden Virtually Campaigning in Rural Wisconsin

Biden Virtually Campaigning in Rural Wisconsin

The former Vice President held a virtual round-table on rural issues with Rep. Ron Kind of Lacrosse.

Op Ed: The Reopen Fans Love Attacking Women
Op Ed

The Reopen Fans Love Attacking Women

State health secretary Andrea Palm, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, others targeted.

Republican Anti-Trump Ad Hits State

Republican Anti-Trump Ad Hits State

Meet the Lincoln Project, led by past members of GOP campaigns, administrations.

Op Ed: Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme
Op Ed

Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme

Message for 2020: ’Some of you will have to die’.

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Jill Underly, superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, wants to address educational inequities caused by poverty.

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

State Supreme Court justices compare safer-at-home order to Japanese internment camps.

Op Ed: Pandemic Temper Tantrums?
Op Ed

Pandemic Temper Tantrums?

Republicans’ court challenge to Evers’s safer-at-home order is about anger, not state law.

Justice Kelly Asks to ‘Unrecuse’ Himself

Justice Kelly Asks to ‘Unrecuse’ Himself

While running for reelection he withdrew from two election cases. Now he wants in.

Pence Visits State Amid Criticism

Pence Visits State Amid Criticism

"No national plan,” Wisconsin still lacks COVID-19 supplies, Democrats charge.

Pandemic Changing State’s Political Landscape?

Pandemic Changing State’s Political Landscape?

69% of Wisconsin voters say Trump did too little to prepare country for COVID-19.

Op Ed: Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?
Op Ed

Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?

Voters angry about in-person election may have reacted by opposing Republican choice for high court.

Why Many Absentee Ballots Lack Postmarks

Why Many Absentee Ballots Lack Postmarks

Apparently the U.S. Supreme Court never checked how metered mail works.

Ron Johnson Pushes Controversial Drugs

Ron Johnson Pushes Controversial Drugs

Spearheads campaign urging Trump to lift restrictions on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine use for COVID-19.

Appeals Court Upholds Absentee Ballot Extension

Appeals Court Upholds Absentee Ballot Extension

Denies Republican appeal but restores requirement for witness signature on absentee ballots.

Karofsky Campaign Issues Cease and Desist Over Attack Ads

Karofsky Campaign Issues Cease and Desist Over Attack Ads

Campaign calls ads "false, baseless, and disgusting."

State Treasurer Surveys COVID-19 Economic Fallout

State Treasurer Surveys COVID-19 Economic Fallout

Supports federal proposal for a Universal Basic Income.

Survey Shows Support for Health Care Changes

Survey Shows Support for Health Care Changes

4 of 5 respondents in state survey worry they won’t be able to afford health care in the future.

What’s Next in Voter Purge Battle?

What’s Next in Voter Purge Battle?

Appeals Court overturned lower court ruling requiring purge of voter rolls. But battle far from over.

Op Ed: GOP Gerrymandering and School Choice
Op Ed

GOP Gerrymandering and School Choice

Republicans proclaim vouchers for minorities while seeking ways to disenfranchise their votes.

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.