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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...

The court ethics of hip hop

The court ethics of hip hop

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 6, 2019

Hip hop and rap as a genre has always been political, from the Days of N.W.A. all the way to Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”  With this inherently political connotation, hip hop also portrays a certain kind of authenticity that is not assumed in other genres of music.  In other words, hip...

The government should get out of drug prices

The government should get out of drug prices

Brandon Prichard, Contributor

November 2, 2019

It doesn’t take a political science expert to inform the public that our nation is in a period of intense polarization and political strife. It seems that every issue is partisan and that no solution is achievable for an array of topics affecting the American people. However, there seems to be a light...

Facebook will continue to promote lies

Facebook will continue to promote lies

Aditya Saxena, Contributor

October 26, 2019

It has become a known fact that with every passing year, Facebook, Inc., a namesake holder of gargantuan products, continues to dwindle into oblivion. The struggle to match the plethora of emerging products worldwide is only met with the cheeky candidness of its biggest stockholders in the face of cal...

Psychedelic Research Nationally and at the U of M Nielson Lab

Psychedelic Research Nationally and at the U of M Nielson Lab

Adam Erickson, Contributor

October 26, 2019

Between the early 1960’s and the mid 1970’s was a time known as the psychedelic era. You may picture hippies, the desire for political activism, and images of hundreds of thousands of people enjoying three days of peace, love and rock and roll at Woodstock. While all this is true, perhaps the more...

Striking against the anti-Big Tech rhetoric

Striking against the anti-Big Tech rhetoric

Nathan Harman, Contributor

October 26, 2019

This is a legitimate quote from Elizabeth Warren in a post on the Medium. This is just one example of many of the resounding call against quote “Big Tech”companies from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But why is this? To start, let’s breakdown some of the common arguments for breakin...

Tulsi Gabbard, A Dark Horse Presidential Candidate

Tulsi Gabbard, A Dark Horse Presidential Candidate

Nakul Suresh, Contributor

October 26, 2019

An Iraq war veteran. A major in the army national guard. A seven-year Hawaii congresswoman. Tulsi Gabbard is the epitome of an American patriot. But why is she the Democratic establishment’s prime target to smear? Congresswoman Gabbard has been falsely accused of being homophobic, an Assad apologist...

Bernie made me conservative

Bernie made me conservative

Nakul Suresh, Writer

October 12, 2019

Bernie or bust. How could elitist, corporatist and establishment Hillary represent the common man? Her views have changed about as often as Bill Clinton has had affairs. She’s evolved from a self-identified moderate to a faux progressive. Instead, I was craving a breath of fresh air during the 2016...

Minneapolis police are failing downtown

Minneapolis police are failing downtown

Addison Scufsa, A&E Editor

October 10, 2019

Before I started working at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis, I had little experience wandering around the area. Having to commute daily via the light rail station at Nicollet or the Hawthorne parking ramp near 10th and Hawthorne, I quickly learned what I needed to do to avoid trouble. Despite the ...

Weed, and why it needs to be legal

Weed, and why it needs to be legal

McKenna Barnett, Contributor

October 10, 2019

Approval for marijuana legalization is extremely high in the United States (63% think it should be legal, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll). Among those polled, Millennials showed the highest percentage of approval (73%) compared to Gen X (63%), Boomer (54%), and Silent (39%) generations....

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