NDGOP worried about Bastiat Caucus insurgency ahead of 2022 cycle


MINOT, N.D. — Those of you who have been following this column are aware of a pronounced fracturing of the North Dakota Republican Party. The break-away faction includes the Bastiat Caucus in the Legislature, led by Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, who can be seen ranting, regularly, about the “anti-intellectual” and “establishment” Republicans on his local television show.

This is ironic given that the current chair of the Bastiat Caucus, which Becker founded, is Sen. Oley “snail trails” Larsen of Minot, who, based on his meandering speeches on the floor of the state Senate, isn’t anyone’s idea of an intellectual giant.

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