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Driven to discover

2/13/2017

As part of the University of Minnesota’s “Driven to Discover” advertising campaign, many of the values of the university are celebrated and displayed with pride.

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Minnesota Legislature Moves Closer to Repealing Sunday Sales Ban

2/13/2017

The Minnesota Legislature appears to be moving toward a repeal of the state's long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. Representative Jennifer Loon (R – Eden Prairie) introduced the bill,House File 30, which changes the liquor store "open" ban from all of Sunday; the bill will allow for licensed liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays from 10:00 a.m.

New York, New York - November 12, 2016: Protester carrying a sign while marching in a "Trump is not my President" rally in response to the 2016 Presidential Election of Donald Trump in New York City in 2016.

Minneapolis Rallies for #NoBanNoWall

2/13/2017

President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration have, to put it lightly, upset several people residing inthe United States' most prominent cities. Since Saturday, thousands of Americans have flocked to airports and the hearts of cities to express solidarity with refugees coming in from the seven nations recentlyaffected by the new policiesTrump implemented.

Public Contraception: Prying and Prohibiting Accountability

2/13/2017

Contraceptives should not be morally obligatory, nor should the bedroom be the business of the government.The way the current healthcare system works to provide federally subsidized birth control provides publicly-funded Title X “safety net” health centers around the United States, which provide family-planning services to women and men across the country.

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The Conservatism of "Free" Birth Control

2/13/2017

Government-funded birth control is one of the most conservative solutions out there. Before questioning what you just read or even ignoring the rest of this article altogether, you did not read that first sentence incorrectly; government-funded birth control is conservative. At this point, our Democratic readers likely find themselves wondering when the satire will begin (it will not), while our Republican readers will likely pose the essential questions: What about the sanctity of life and the freedom of religion?

The Effects of Trump’s Immigration Policies in Minnesota

2/13/2017

During his first week as President of the United States, Donald Trump announced that he will continue with his plan to builda wall on the Mexican border. President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration was one of the main reasons he sparked such controversy throughout the election season.

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North Dakota Legislators Miss Due Date, Ask for Extension on Medical Marijuana

1/29/2017

The citizens of North Dakota suffering from unforgiving diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and ALS should be finding some comfort following the legalization of medical marijuana in the November election, but the North Dakota legislature is forbidding this to happen. On November 8,2016,nearly 64 percent of North Dakota citizens voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.

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The Burqa Ban: A Feminist Policy

1/26/2017

In an unexpected statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that Germanyban the burqa or niqab (the Islamic headdresses that covers a woman's face) wherever possible. Merkel's statementmay be understandably shocking to some people: from the woman who wants no government interventionin her life, to the man who fears the impending consequences of Islamophobia, the ban seems scary and unjust.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States – December 10, 2015: An ardent supporter of Donald Trump put up his own billboard at his home in West Des Moines, Iowa. December 10, 2015

The Surprise of Trump’s Election

1/23/2017

The day before Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance within the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs hosted an event entitled “The Surprise of Trump’s Election: Polling, Election, Analysis, and Populism.” The event, moderated by Dr. Larry Jacobs and held in the mostly full Cowles Auditorium, featured a panel of four University of Minnesota professors: Timothy Brennan, Paul Goren, August Nimtz, and Wendy Rahn.