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Minnesota Supreme Court Shows Partisan Colors

Minnesota Supreme Court Shows Partisan Colors

Mitchell Rolling

September 18, 2017

Friday, September 8, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Dayton and his controversial line-item veto, which withheld funds from the Minnesota legislative branch earlier this year. The vetoed funding was part of a larger appropriations bill signed by the governor, funding the entire exe...

Hysteria is Not Our Friend

Hysteria is Not Our Friend

David Blondin

August 27, 2017

Scrolling through social media, outrage towards the recent activities in Charlottesville, Virginia is apparent. It is very easy to come to a quick decision condemning the gathering of the alt-right that killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who died after being run over by white su...

Identity Politics will Cause More Racism: A Response to Ben Mathis-Lilley

Identity Politics will Cause More Racism: A Response to Ben Mathis-Lilley

Michael Ziebarth

August 27, 2017

I recently read an article by Ben Mathis-Lilley, published on the identity-politics-focused Slate.com. The article, A Reminder That White Supremacists, not Black People, Invented ‘Identity Politics,’ brought up many... points. The article begins with a list of several historical events surrounding the...

The Charlottesville Saga: Not my Apology To Make

The Charlottesville Saga: Not my Apology To Make

Madison Dibble

August 27, 2017

In August, a group of low-life, eternal-virgin white supremacists marched with tiki-torches raised in Charlottesville in a rally they called “Unite The Right.” This march was a shameful gathering of the worst type of people that left an innocent woman dead and our nation—above all else—deeply sa...

New to the U? Here’s What to Do (and where to do it)!

New to the U? Here’s What to Do (and where to do it)!

Charlie Gers

August 27, 2017

As the new school year approaches, incoming University of Minnesota (UMN) students will be faced with the uncertainty of where to go, how to meet new people, and overall how to experience a sense of belonging on campus. As a transfer student from Florida last year, I struggled with these uncertainties ...

A Minimum Wage Increase Means You Could Lose Your Entry-Level Job

A Minimum Wage Increase Means You Could Lose Your Entry-Level Job

Charlie Gers

May 13, 2017

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the minimum wage to protect workers in the labor force. Ever since that time, the minimum wage increased 22 times, under 12 different presidents. As the minimum wage has increased throughout the years, the movement has been gaining momentum; citizens an...

Paid Family Leave Too Good to be True

Paid Family Leave Too Good to be True

May 13, 2017

Today, many loud voices in popular media call for legislation that would require businesses to provide paid maternity leave to employees. While this prospect seems attractive at first glance, such a policy could prove disastrous for young people in the United States. A certain line of reasoning has ...

Why the United States Should Dismantle North Korea’s Government

Why the United States Should Dismantle North Korea’s Government

Wyatt Beito

April 25, 2017

The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner are the most popular teen fantasy post-apocalyptic book series of the last decade. They all also happen to be accurate, albeit extreme, representations of modern-day North Korea. In the beginning of each of these In the beginning of each of these best-selli...

End the Death Penalty

Charlie Gers

April 24, 2017

The Declaration of Independence was designed to grant the government the duty to perform limited objectives, such as preserving the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its citizens. But is "life" truly always looked after? Over the past few centuries, the United States government has been using...

Money In Politics

Nicholas Johnson

April 4, 2017

As geriatric socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once said of money’s impact on the electoral process, “A few wealthy individuals and corporations have bought up our private sector and now they're buying up the government. Campaign finance reform is the most important issue facing us today, b...

The Dangers of Cult-Like Behavior on the Far Left and Far Right

The Dangers of Cult-Like Behavior on the Far Left and Far Right

March 3, 2017

“Many cults start off with high ideals that get corrupted by leaders or their board of advisors who become power-hungry and dominate and control member’s lives. No group with high ideals starts off as a ‘cult’; they become one when their errant ways are exposed.” - Philip Zimbardo. Most people view ...

MSA Presidential Candidate Fails to Condemn Antisemitism

MSA Presidential Candidate Fails to Condemn Antisemitism

Madison Dibble

March 2, 2017

Over the past month, antisemitism has shown its ugly face on campus. Posters advocating for the for global white supremacy blamed Jewish people for “destroying the country through mass immigration and degeneracy”. Beyond posters, threats have been targeted at Jewish community centers in St. Paul and ...

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