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College Game Day Bar scene and New app LineLeap

College Game Day Bar scene and New app LineLeap

Adam Erickson, Contributor

January 6, 2020

If you have ever been to Disney World, Six Flags, Valleyfair, or basically any amusement park in the United States, you may have purchased or at least have seen people use “fast passes” to skip the long lines. This is a convenient service for those who are impatient enough to spend the extra money...

Joe Biden: Savior or Liability?

Joe Biden: Savior or Liability?

Nathan Harman, Contributor

January 1, 2020

Is Joe Biden okay? After a strong start in the polls, American voters are seeing a different side of the former Vice President and veteran senator: a frail, forgetful side befitting a man of his age. The 77-year-old is currently the overall frontrunner of the entire Democratic field, but is lagging behind...

Can the free market solve climate change?

Brandon Prichard, Contributor

November 26, 2019

If there is any idea that is despised most when debating climate change and environmental protection, it is free market environmentalism. The idea of solving climate change by reducing regulations and taxes doesn’t sound like a viable solution. However, it is the best path for rich and poor nations...

Students for a Democratic Society: disarm the police!

Students for a Democratic Society: disarm the police!

Tiana Meador, Editor in Chief

November 25, 2019

No, the title you just read is not clickbait, sadly. Earlier this month, University of Minnesota's Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society stood outside of Coffman Memorial Union, speaking to passerbyers and holding a sign that sported the message: "Disarm UMPD" simple, but not well researched...

Did you know there is a tax on gas?

Did you know there is a tax on gas?

Matt Selman, Contributor

November 25, 2019

Taxes are a constant everywhere in life. For many, gas seems like the one good which is not subject to taxes. However, unlike most other goods in the United States, the price displayed represents the total price - including taxes. Minnesota residents pay a $0.28 state tax in addition to a $0.184 federal...

The modern solution to rising college costs in America

The modern solution to rising college costs in America

Matthew Selman, Contributor

November 25, 2019

The average American family can no longer fund the secondary education of its child(ren). However, the federal government can and will - by offering extremely risky loans producing extreme deficits. At a time when America has great need for tradesmen and blue-collar workers, why is the federal government...

Disney enters the streaming war

Disney enters the streaming war

Adam Erickson, Contributor

November 25, 2019

If you haven’t heard by now Disney has officially entered the streaming war. If you recall, a few years back Netflix dominated the streaming industry and virtually eliminated the need for video rental stores such as Blockbuster and Family Video. However, slowly but surely others including Hulu, HBO,...

Fabricated rights: healthcare edition

Fabricated rights: healthcare edition

Nathan Harman, Contributor

November 21, 2019

A few weeks ago, when I was participating in the Bipartisan Issues Group’s ideology debate, the topic of how the government should intervene in healthcare came up. My Democratic colleague gave the well-known figures on the number of Americans who are uninsured or under-insured, appealing to the c...

Ideology face-off: a campus debate

Ideology face-off: a campus debate

McKenna Barnett, Contributor

November 21, 2019

On Tuesday, November 19th, 3 distinct politically-minded clubs on the University of Minnesota campus faced off in a debate of ideologies. The College Republicans, College Democrats, and Minnesota Students for Liberty (a libertarian-minded club) all chose representatives to argue a variety of topics,...

Brandon Straka attracts diverse crowd, allows for open conversation

Brandon Straka attracts diverse crowd, allows for open conversation

Tiana Meador, Editor-in-Chief

November 10, 2019

On Nov. 7th The Minnesota Republic was excited to welcome Brandon Straka to The University of Minnesota, as a part of his #WalkAway Thought Revolution College Campus Tour. Straka, a self-proclaimed former liberal and founder of The #WalkAway Campaign, grew up in a small town of Nebraska, that was not so accepting of his LGBTQ+ identity. Growing up, he thought his duty as a gay man was to vote blue – but in the wake of Donald Trump's campaign, he had a serious mindshift that he felt needed to be heard. In years past, many of the events hosted by The Minnesota Republic and its affiliated grou...

One rate cut good, three rate cuts bad

One rate cut good, three rate cuts bad

Nathan Harman, Contributor

November 8, 2019

Two weeks ago, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate for the third time this year in an attempt to curb a slight slowdown of the economy. Afterwards, officials signaled that this could be the last cut for the time being.  With a strong jobs report from October and international trade pressures...

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 7, 2019

The posthumous album release is by no means a new thing in the music industry.  One of the early examples of a successful posthumous album release was Otis Redding’s classic “Dock of the Bay” that was released in 1968, just months after his death in December of 1967.  A more recent example w...

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