Vol. 54, No. 6

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This edition of the Ripon Forum features the results of a post-election survey of the nation’s electorate, which finds that Americans still want their leaders in Washington to work together.

A Patriotic, Pro-Worker Republican Party Is Emerging

November’s historic turnout suggests the political coalitions that constitute our two-party system are once again shifting.

The Ghosts of Budgets Past, Present & Future

Ebenezer Scrooge would have certainly asserted of Congress’ budget process: “it is dead, dead as a door-nail.” In the spirit of the season, it is worth examining why the process now lies with old Marley in the graveyard.

Why Macomb Stayed Red

Trump’s successes in Macomb during the last two cycles may signal a longer-term partisan change in the County.

Why Northampton Turned Blue

Trump’s inability to repeat in Northampton County was undoubtedly affected by intense dissatisfaction with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Voters will be heading into 2021 frustrated about the political environment and wary that either political party or its leaders has all the answers facing the country.


Meet 10 Members of the GOP Freedom Force Who Knocked Off Incumbent Democrats

The New Guard: Stephanie Bice (OK-5)

“Hopefully we’ll see, now that the election is over, some coming together and trying to actually govern again.”

The New Guard: Michelle Fischbach (MN-7)

“Families across western Minnesota simply want a government that protects our communities and spends taxpayer dollars responsibly.”

The New Guard: Carlos Gimenez (FL-26)

“This country needs to start to work together. We have threats from outside and inside, and for us to keep fighting makes no sense whatsoever.”

The New Guard: Yvette Herrell (NM-2)

“For far too long, we’ve seen division in Washington, and the losers are the people, because our values are not being represented.”

The New Guard: Ashley Hinson (IA-1)

“The partisan rhetoric – the infighting – is unacceptable to me and I know it’s unacceptable to the voters in Iowa’s first district.”

The New Guard: Young Kim (CA-39)

“For the longest time, the Republican Party has been the party of opportunities, and I’m an example of that.”

The New Guard: Nancy Mace (SC-1)

“It is time to stop rebuilding the world and start rebuilding America.”

The New Guard: Burgess Owens (UT-4)

“Now, more than ever, we need leaders that will stand for their principles and won’t compromise their values for political opportunities.”

The New Guard: Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)

“I vow that I will represent the spirit that lives in this district – the ultimate melting pot.”

The New Guard: Michelle Steel (CA-48)

“This vote showed that minorities who may look or speak differently than most not only have a place in this Republican Party but can be elected to the United States Congress.”

Why We Need Federal Election Standards

Most advanced democracies, even federal ones, have a national agency that guarantees standard voting registration processes that make it straightforward to vote.

States Should Set Their Own Election Rules to Protect Liberty

Any national federal standard — whether it be voter ID, absentee ballot availability, or even voter qualifications — would be enforced with a decidedly Democratic Party bias.

Ripon Profile of Tom Emmer

Tom Emmer discusses the outcome of this past election, and how Republicans can take back the House in 2022.

The New Guard: Stephanie Bice (OK-5)

“Hopefully we’ll see, now that the election is over, some coming together and trying to actually govern again.”

Snapshot of Victory: Stephanie Bice defeated first term incumbent Democrat Rep. Kendra Horn by a vote of 52.1% to 47.9%. She is the first Iranian-American elected to serve in Congress.

Background: Congresswoman-elect Bice was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Her father was an Iranian immigrant who came to the United States at a young age to study computer science and her mother a third generation Oklahoman, making Bice a fourth generation Oklahoman. She attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in international business. Bice worked for her family’s technology company in a variety of areas including financial oversight, marketing, and business strategy. After eight years of working in the family business, she became the Vice President of Business Development of a boutique digital marketing agency.

In 2014, Bice was elected to represent the 22nd district of the Oklahoma State Senate. During her tenure in the Senate, she served on the General Government & Transportation; Appropriations; Finance; Public Safety; and Business, Commerce & Tourism Committees. In 2016, she was elected by her Republican Senate colleagues to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Bice also played a lead role in working to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws. She wrote the bill that was the first major overhaul of liquor laws in Oklahoma since prohibition was repealed there in 1959. The passage of this legislation allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and high-point beer and allowed liquor stores to sell refrigerated beer and non-alcohol items such as sodas and corkscrews. Additionally, it allowed breweries, wineries, and distilleries to sell their products onsite. This led to the creation of 5,000 jobs.

Legislative Goals for Congress: Bice has indicated that she will focus her efforts on jobs and the economy when she takes office in January. She hopes Congress can pass another coronavirus relief package, particularly for the travel, hotel, and restaurant industries which have been hit hard by the global pandemic. She earned a reputation in the Oklahoma Senate for her economic development initiatives and efforts to curb state spending and hopes to work on similar issues in Congress. Additionally, affordable healthcare and immigration issues will also be priorities for her.

Key Quote: “A lot of the things that I’ve championed have been bipartisan types of legislation, so I think there is room for negotiation, there is room for compromise. Hopefully we’ll see, now that the election is over, some coming together and trying to actually govern again. I’m going to listen, I’m going to take your suggestions or your input into consideration when I’m making decisions that are in the best interest of the community, the state, or this Congressional district. Certainly we may differ on how we get there, but I will continue to be an advocate for Oklahomans.” (Source: November 4th interview with The Oklahoman)