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: 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.”

Snapshot of Victory: Yvette Herrell defeated first term incumbent Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small by a vote of 53.75% to 46.25%. Herrell is a member of the Cherokee Nation making her both the first Cherokee woman and first Native American Republican woman elected to serve in Congress.

Background: Congresswoman-elect Herrell was born and raised in Ruidoso, New Mexico and after high school attended ITT Technical Institute in Boise, Idaho where she earned a legal secretary diploma. She now resides in Alamogordo. Herrell has worked in a variety of areas in both the public and private sector. In addition to her work as both a realtor and real estate broker, she also worked as an insurance adjuster and small business owner. She has also worked on a number of political campaigns and served as a legislative assistant for two members of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Herrell first ran for public office in 2010 when she challenged the Republican incumbent in district 51 of the New Mexico House of Representatives. She won the primary with just 846 votes and went on to win the general election with over 3,000 votes. She went on to serve four terms in the New Mexico State Legislature until 2018. During her time at the State House she chaired the Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee and was a member of the Business and Employment Committee.

She ran for Congress in 2018; the race was called in her favor before absentee ballots were counted the next day, and she lost by less than 4,000 votes. In June 2020 Herrell handily won the Republican primary nomination to again challenge Xochitl Torres Small for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and won in the general election by over 19,000 votes.

Legislative Goals for Congress: Herrell positioned herself as a strong ally of President Trump and campaigned on the issues of strengthening the U.S. border, supporting small businesses, and fighting overly burdensome government regulations. Herrell has also expressed a desire to protect the oil and gas industry, which is critical to New Mexico’s economy, from burdensome regulations brought in the name of climate change. She believes a balance of preserving the fossil fuels industry while also protecting our environment can be found.

Herrell believes the federal government needs to reduce healthcare costs for the American family as well as expand and make permanent the Trump tax cuts. Veterans issues will also be a priority with waiting periods at VA medical facilities being at the top of the list. In a further push against government regulations, Herrell hopes to deregulate the agriculture industry to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to grow and sell their products.

Key Quote: “This is about putting people over politics, limiting the size of government, and taking your values to Washington, DC. For far too long, we’ve seen division in Washington, and the losers are the people, because our values are not being represented.” (Source: opening statement, October 9th debate)