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.


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

Since the election of 2018, House Democrats have had The Squad, a group of four self-styled progressives whose championship of liberal causes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All have made them heroes of the left and villains of the right.

Now, thanks for Republican gains in the election last month, the House GOP has their own group to champion conservative causes. They call themselves The Freedom Force, and they are a group of newly-elected U.S. Representatives who are coming to Washington to stand up for the principles, they say, that have made America great.

At press time, the group includes seven women, the first Iranian-American ever elected to Congress, the first female member of the Cherokee nation ever elected to Congress, and the first Korean women ever elected to Congress. The group also includes a Cuban American who spent 25 years as a firefighter before being elected Mayor of Miami Dade County, and a former star player for the Oakland Raiders who fell on hard times after leaving the league, and then later found success as a businessman and founder of a non-profit that helps troubled youth.

In this edition of The Ripon Forum, we have decided to profile 10 of them, with the common denominator being that they not only defeated incumbent Democrats, but that they are part of what we are calling The New Guard that is changing the face of the Republican Party and shaking things up.

Those profiled include:

Stephanie Bice (OK-5)

Michelle Fischbach (MN-7)

Carlos Gimenez (FL-26)

Yvette Herrell (NM-2)

Ashley Hinson (IA-1)

Young Kim (CA-39)

Nancy Mace (SC-1)

Burgess Owens (UT-4)

Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)

Michelle Steel (CA-48)