Vol. 54, No. 6

In this edition

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: Young Kim (CA-39)

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

Snapshot of Victory: Young Kim defeated first-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Gil Cisneros by a vote of 50.6% to 49.4%. She, along with fellow Republican Michelle Steel (CA-48) and Democrat Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), are the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress.

Background: Congresswoman-elect Kim was born in South Korea and later immigrated to Guam in 1975 with her family. On the island, she collected cans and bottles from the beach and gave them to her mother, who would recycle them and donate the money to a church building fund for the Korean American community. The small funds they were able to collect and donate contributed to the building of the first Korean American church on the island of Guam. This act has inspired Kim throughout her life by teaching her the importance of serving one’s community and giving back to others. Kim received her high school education in Hawaii and later moved to California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. After graduating from college, Kim worked as a financial analyst for First Interstate Bank and then as a controller for JK Sportswear Manufacturing. She later opened a women’s clothing manufacturing company with her husband.

Kim also worked for then-state Senator Ed Royce and continued to do so when he was elected to Congress. During his tenure, she served as Royce’s community liaison and director of Asian affairs. She also had the opportunity to appear on her own television show, “LA Seoul with Young Kim,” and her own radio show, “Radio Seoul,” where she discussed current events and issues that affected Korean Americans. In 2014, she was elected to the California State Assembly where she represented the 65th district which includes northern parts of Orange County. In doing so, Kim became the first Korean-American Assemblywoman to represent Southern California. In 2018, Kim first ran for Congress, and was narrowly defeated by Democrat Rep. Gil Cisneros. She came back for a rematch in 2020, and was victorious.

Legislative Goals for Congress: Kim has vowed to be a bipartisan problem-solver who refuses to be changed by Washington. As a mother of a child with pre-existing conditions, she is passionate about accessible healthcare and making sure prescription drugs are affordable. Kim is committed to increasing STEM education funding and ensuring education dollars go to local teachers and classrooms, not big city bureaucrats. As proud immigrant herself, she believes the system is broken and will fight to increase border security while ensuring those who seek to legally immigrate are treated fairly and with compassion. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in our nation, Young plans to combat the virus with bipartisan legislation that will rebuild our economy, bring back jobs, and help small businesses recover.

Key Quote: “People are tired of the status quo in Washington and are ready for change. My message of putting aside partisanship and working to break the gridlock that has held our country back resonated with voters in this election. I am going to come to Washington in that spirit and work to get results to lower the cost of healthcare, help small businesses during this economic downturn and get needed aid to our communities during the ongoing pandemic.” (Source: statement to The Ripon Forum)