The Bastiat Caucus Is an Embarrassment to the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — Last year, Bastiat Caucus founder, Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, in an indignant letter to the editor, claimed there are “30 dues-paying legislators in the Bastiat Caucus this biennium.”

That’s a big number.

If it’s true, it would mean that this rump caucus of Trump-aligned politicians, while representing only a minority of the NDGOP caucus, is more than twice the size of the Democratic-NPL caucus.

There are reasons to believe that Becker is exaggerating.

The Bastiats won’t divulge their membership. “We don’t have to,” Bastiat chairman Rep. Dan Ruby of Minot told me last year.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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