President Obama told a cheering crowd of 18,000 Wisconsinites at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee on Saturday, "We can't move forward when our leaders write off half the nation, calling them a bunch of victims."
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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What tripped up Obama the most is that he has essentially adopted George W. Bush's free-market, live-and-let-die education policies.
It was a winning message. The next few weeks, and the next few years, will show us what it really means.
The Big Dog rocked the house in Charlotte with his long, humorous take-down of Romney, Ryan, and the whole Republican hate-fest.
Michelle's fantastic speech drew a stark, though unstated, contrast with the Romneys.
How does Obama recapture the excitement of 2008, and motivate people to get to the polls so he can pull off what most think will be a narrow victory in November?
The main problem with Mitt Romney’s convention speech was that it was not memorable enough to wipe out the image of Clint Eastwood rambling at an empty chair.
Any challenge to the status quo he says is “progressive,” if you can believe that!
To answer Ryan, the Democrats will have to do more than extend unemployment insurance, coddle the banks and multinational corporations, and hope for better days.
When Tommy saw John Nichols of the Madison Capital Times and The Nation, he said, “How the hell did you get in here?”
Overkill is too mild a word to describe the contrast between the heavy security and the protests in Tampa.
Ron Paul delegates rebel, Walker bombs, and the biggest speeches of the night feature conflicting themes.
The banners read: “Walker Hates Working Families” and “Walker Has a Koch Problem.” Said one protester: “He epitomizes what we can’t stand.”
Walker received a standing ovation. Look out: As goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation.