The Ripon Forum

Volume 49, No. 2

May 2015

In this edition

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In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

With the first presidential debate set for August 6th, many Republicans are now wondering whether history will repeat itself again. Will the House and Senate become passive bystanders and watch the political focus shift to the campaign trail? Or will the GOP Majority defy history by shaping the agenda on Capitol Hill? Precedent exists for them to do just that, and in this latest edition of The Ripon Forum, we not only look at that precedent, but examine areas where Republicans have the opportunity to seize the initiative today.

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How Congress Shaped the ’80 Campaign

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How Congress Shaped the ’80 Campaign

by LOU CANNON

Ronald Reagan changed the nation’s economic course during the first two years of his presidency, but the seeds of this achievement were rooted in a House member’s bold attempt to broaden Republican appeal at a time when Democrats held solid control of Congress.

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What America Wants…

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What America Wants…

by DAVID WINSTON

There’s a quiet debate going on in Washington over the role Republicans in Congress should play in the 2016 presidential election. One side argues that Hill Republicans should leave a faint legislative footprint so as not to risk running afoul of the eventual GOP presidential nominee’s agenda. The other side argues that if Hill Republicans can keep the focus on jobs and the economy through legislative and policy initiatives, the party has a huge opportunity to expand its majority coalition for the foreseeable future.

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

by DAVE CAMP

Just as the tax proposals of Rep. Jack Kemp and Senator Bill Roth contributed to President Reagan’s successful campaign, the current Republican-led Congress has an opportunity to have a significant impact on the 2016 elections with the tax reform effort underway in the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

by MIKE ROGERS

America’s position in the world is shifting beneath us. Strategically speaking, we are ceding ground to the Chinese, Russians, Iranians, and to terrorists. All of this has a negative impact on our future. Congress can take some important steps this year to turn back this dangerous trend threatening America’s leadership role in the world.

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

by TEVI TROY

The current Congress is less than a year old, and already it is clear that the new GOP majority will have a tough time passing its agenda, let alone overcoming presidential vetoes to any laws that should happen to pass. Such an unfortunate circumstance does not, however, mean that this Congress cannot have an impact. Even without the ability to pass ambitious new laws, the GOP Congress has a real opportunity to shape the agenda heading into the 2016 election and beyond.

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

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How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign…

by ROBERT D. ATKINSON

To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s campaign slogan, “It’s the enterprise, stupid.” And not just any enterprises: technology-based, global, and fast growing enterprises are the key. This focus should be the north star of Republican economic policy. Congressional Republicans can play a key role in this by promoting legislation over the next year that a GOP presidential candidate can run on in 2016.

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What Every Candidate Should be Asked in 2016

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What Every Candidate Should be Asked in 2016

by TOM COBURN

As much work as I’ve done in Washington, DC, Congressmen and Senators can only do so much. I saw from the inside that Washington, DC was never going to fix itself. Instead of remaining in the bureaucratic morass that is the federal government, I thought it was important to work on something that could actually save the republic. Something that could work.

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The Roots of Ripon Republicanism

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The Roots of Ripon Republicanism

by LEE HUEBNER

Continuing our year-long commemoration of The Ripon Forum’s 50th anniversary, the former President of The Ripon Society writes about the founding of the Society and how one of the group’s organizing principles was “the advancement of Civil Rights.”

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Red Governors in Blue States

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Red Governors in Blue States

by JARED MEYER

Republican governors elected on platforms of economic growth through tax reform are running the economies of three traditionally blue states. Can Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan deliver on their promises?

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