Ruth Conniff is the Editor of the Progressive Magazine. A native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports (an avid runner, Conniff coached her old high school track and cross-country teams at Madison East High School for many years).
In Washington, Conniff became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She still appears frequently on PBS's To The Contrary and on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC.
Conniff was the recipient of an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Her Progressive Magazine feature story on school privatization is a chapter in the book "It Happened in Wisconsin" recently published by Verso.
Today Conniff lives in Madison with her husband and three daughters, who marched on the Capitol with their teachers from the Madison Public Schools.
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If Oprah spurs people to go to the polls, she'll have done something significant not just by commercial television's standards, but for our democracy.
“We go in disguise,” says Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. “We change our tactics. Wear an American flag lapel pin—you can get in most places with that.”
The session itself was notable for the lack of combativeness between the bloggers and Hillary. Incredibly, she didn’t have to field a single question on the war in Iraq when she addressed a small group. She went overboard thanking the netroots for being the “front line of the progressive movement.” Flattery will get you everywhere.
The pressure on Congress from voters has to continue to grow for impeachment, as each individual member needs to feel the heat from the grassroots and the netroots.
The problem with Hillary is the same as the problem with other recent Democratic frontrunners. She is the establishment candidate, with neither the fire nor the freshness of the "fringe" candidates who are not afraid to stand for something.
Our political leaders talk a lot about protecting America from terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, we are increasingly vulnerable to the effects of lax regulation and unfettered free trade.
Now that No Confidence is over, why not try another tack: impeachment?
In her speech to the group Wisconsin Women in Politics, Edwards made an interesting comment that could be interpreted as a sidelong swipe at Hillary.
My favorite candidate of the night was Ron Paul. In the only bracingly honest moment of the debate, Paul told his party they've completely blown the War on Terror, and made things worse with the misguided adventure in Iraq.
Spending a lot of time caring for your children hardly makes people into more narrow, self-interested citizens.