The Ripon Forum

Volume 52, No. 5

November 2018

In this edition

By on October 23, 2018
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

In this special pre-election edition, the Forum examines some of the accomplishments in Congress over the past two years, and some of the issues people may be thinking about when they vote. 

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PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT

By on October 23, 2018
PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT

by CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS

After years of slow growth and a lack of confidence, Americans asked for a better way. From cutting taxing to strengthing our national defense, the 115th Congress has shown that we found it.

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How We Rebuilt America’s Military

By on October 23, 2018
How We Rebuilt America’s Military

by KAY GRANGER

The bipartisan budget agreement passed earlier this year has enabled us to deliver what we’ve long promised: making sure our troops have the training and equipment they need.

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The State of the Small Business Economy

By on October 23, 2018
The State of the Small Business Economy

by JUANITA D. DUGGAN

In August, the NFIB Optimism Index soared to a record high of 108.8, breaking the 1983 record of 108 that occurred during the Administration of President Reagan.

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America is Building Things Again

By on October 23, 2018
America is Building Things Again

by DEBORAH WINCE-SMITH

The U.S. has gained back 15,000 manufacturing establishments and more than a million manufacturing jobs, with 278,000 of those jobs coming in the past year alone.

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A View from Dubuque, Iowa

By on October 23, 2018
A View from Dubuque, Iowa

by CHRISTOPHER B. BUDZISZ

“The current picture of Iowa and Dubuque is that it is not yet firmly Trump Country,” reports the Professor from Loras College and the Director of the Loras College Poll.

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A View from Northampton County

By on October 23, 2018
A View from Northampton County

by CHRISTOPHER P. BORICK

“Nothstein’s allegiance to Trump appears to be more of a burden than a boost as the mid-terms draw near,” writes the Muhlenberg College Professor about the local GOP candidate for Congress.

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A View from Trumbull County, Ohio

By on October 23, 2018
A View from Trumbull County, Ohio

by ADAM FULLER

“Trump’s single greatest achievement is his tearing up of NAFTA,” writes the Professor from Youngstown State University.

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A View from Macomb County

By on October 23, 2018
A View from Macomb County

by DAVID A. DULIO & JOHN S. KLEMANSKI

“Macomb residents are sticking with President Trump,” write the professors from Oakland University in Michigan.

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A View from Kenosha County

By on October 23, 2018
A View from Kenosha County

by ARTHUR I. CYR

“Kenosha County reflects both traditional Democratic Party roots and recent Republican strength,” writes the Professor & Director of the Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage College.

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