The Ripon Forum

Volume 45, No. 4

Fall 2011 Issue

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by LOU ZICKAR

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Debt Reduction Done Right

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Debt Reduction Done Right

by MAYA MACGUINEAS

With the debt at historic levels, this respected budget expert argues that what the country needs is a bold and balanced plan to curb spending and get the economy back on track.

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The Rise of the Supercommittee and the Repercussions of Inaction

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The Rise of the Supercommittee and the Repercussions of Inaction

by STEVE BELL

This former Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee predicts the deficit supercommittee will reach agreement on a plan to reduce the debt. Unfortunately, he argues, it won’t do much good.

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California Dreamin’

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California Dreamin’

by ERIC MCGHEE

After a bipartisan gerrymander designed to protect incumbents was approved in 2001, voters passed a redistricting reform plan to shake things up. Will it work in 2011?

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The Loneliest Airplane

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The Loneliest Airplane

by BRAD TODD

Brad Todd discusses how a ride on Air Force One is usually high on the wish list for senatorial candidates. With the President’s plummeting poll numbers, that’s no longer the case.

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The Forgotten Prize of 2012

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The Forgotten Prize of 2012

by ORRIN HATCH

Amid all the coverage of the presidential campaign, the Utah Senator explains why the GOP’s biggest victory next year may not be winning the White House, but the Senate.

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Defending the House in a Volatile Year

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Defending the House  in a Volatile Year

by JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

With House Republicans looking to hold and build their majority on Capitol Hill, this pollster looks at the factors that will both help and hinder their ability to achieve that goal.

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Republicans Aim for a Southern Statehouse Sweep

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Republicans Aim for a Southern Statehouse Sweep

by LOU CANNON

Twenty years ago, Republicans did not control a single Southern legislative chamber. As this veteran newsman points out, they now hold majorities in over three-quarters of them.

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