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Print Column: Some N.D. Republicans Need to Find Their Moral Compass

Print Column: Some N.D. Republicans Need to Find Their Moral Compass

MINOT, N.D. — Call me old fashioned, but I believe if you call someone a terrorist and that person isn’t a terrorist, you should apologize to that person. North Dakota state Sen. Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot who a week ago claimed on Facebook that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was an al Qaeda-trained terrorist, has a

Sen. Joan Heckaman, a Democrat from New Rockford, is the leader of the North Dakota Senate's minority caucus. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Democrats in North Dakota’s Senate Call on Oley Larsen to Resign Leadership Position

Yesterday I posted an email embattled state Senator Oley Larsen had sent out his fellow Senators soliciting their input as to whether or not he ought to resign his position as President Pro Tempore. It’s hard to know how genuine Larsen was in asking for the input. After all, before he sent that email, he’d

Sen. Oley Larsen (R-Minot) speaks to members of the House Finance & Taxation Committee in 2015. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Publicly Oley Larsen Says He Won’t Resign, but Privately He’s Asking His Fellow Senators for Their Opinion

This morning embattled state Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot) apologized for falsely claiming that Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a terrorist trained by al Qaeda. He specifically said he was not apologizing to Omar, though, and he also said that he doesn’t intend to resign his position. “I’m willing to own my role in spreading misinformation

How Is It Not Racist to Call Someone a Terrorist Simply Because They’re Muslim?

I broke this story on Sunday evening. It’s now late Tuesday morning. Someone in the North Dakota Republican Party has finally got around to condemning Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot) for perpetuating a long-debunked conspiracy theory about Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and al Qaeda. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) has called on Larsen to apologize,

Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, speaks in 2015 on the floor of the North Dakota Senate MIKE McCLEARY, Bismarck Tribune

Republican State Senator Takes Down False Claim About Ilhan Omar and Al Qaeda, Leaves up Another Post Calling Her a Terrorist

State Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot, still hasn’t responded to my requests for comment from yesterday over a Facebook post he made of a picture he claimed was controversial Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at an al Qaeda training camp. The photo is from the Associated Press. It was taken in a Somali military

Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, speaks before a legislative committee in Bismarck during in 2015. TOM STROMME, Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota State Lawmaker Falsely Claims Picture Shows Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar in an Al Qaeda Camp

A Republican state Senator from Minot has shared on Facebook a photo he claims is of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar holding a weapon in an al Qaeda training camp. Here’s the post: The photo is not of Omar. It’s an Associated Press photo of military training camps in Mogadishu. It was taken in 1978. Rep.

Rosary beads and bible

Bill Would Require Bible Study Elective in North Dakota Schools

Here’s a candidate for the dumbest piece of legislation in the 2019 legislative session. SB2136, sponsored by state Senator Oley Larson (R-Minot), would amend North Dakota’s law pertaining to required subjects for study in public schools to add in a unit on the Christian bible. The pertinent language, added to a list of required units

Samantha Velline, 9, of Moorhead undergoes an examination with Teresa Bushnell, a dental therapist from Hibbing, Minn., and Jackie Hasbargen, a hygienist from Breckenridge, Minn., at the Clay County Family Service Center in Moorhead on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Oley Larsen: Dental Therapy Is Working in Minnesota, Why Not North Dakota?

This guest post was submitted by state Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican representing District 3 in Minot. I recently had the chance to visit with University of Minnesota faculty and tour dental businesses in our neighboring state that are teaching dental therapy and using dental therapists. And to be brief, it’s working! This free market

State Rep. Andrew Maragos speaks to fellow Republican Bob Martin.

Minot Republican, Defeated in the Primary for His House Race, Considers Unusual Independent Run for the Senate

On primary day last week incumbent state Rep. Andrew Maragos, a Republican from District 3 in Minot, was defeated along with his running mate Alan Walter by two political newcomers named Jeff Hoverson and Bob Paulson. The vote, as you can see, was close: This morning I heard a rumor that Maragos might be considering

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