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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Tweets by N.D. lawmaker, Haak, prompt hashtag, apology

  • Freshman Rep. Jessica Haak sent a tweet on the social media site during a Wednesday recess that said she'd been told by Rep. Al Carlson not to tweet when the chamber was in session.
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  • A lawmaker's use of a hashtag on Twitter prompted an apology on the House floor.
    Freshman Rep. Jessica Haak sent a tweet on the social media site during a Wednesday recess that said she'd been told by Rep. Al Carlson not to tweet when the chamber was in session. Haak ended her tweet with hashtag "Nazi."
    Haak, a Democrat from Jamestown, met with state party leaders after the House adjourned. She also met with Carlson. On Thursday, she read a statement that apologized for her conduct without referencing the tweet directly.
    Carlson, a Fargo Republican, tells the Bismarck Tribune that he accepts the apology.
    North Dakota State University professor Ann Burnett tells Valley News Live that the kneejerk nature of social media can translate to less respect in the Legislature.

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