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Tax policy is a huge snooze-fest, but also really important

Especially among Republicans, you hear the promise of cutting taxes and making government run more efficiently, like a business. Democrats typically talk about making the wealthy pay their “fair share.” For the first time in sixty years, the President is trying to fundamentally change tax policy. I would love to spend pages upon pages critiquing President Trump’s tax policy proposal, but unfortunately, there isn’t much of a proposal to go off of. The President has said he wants to drop the corporate tax rate down to 20 percent, then 15 percent, continuously flip-flopping. He wants to cut the “pass-through” businesses, which includes mom-and-pop shops, law firms, and real estate development. Investments will be able to be deducted immediately, something that will help the economy. So if you’re rich, you’re fine. What about the poor and middle class? You see, these tax cuts may benefit a few middle-class families, but the… Keep Reading

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Repealing and replacing Obamacare… here we go again

The Republican Party last week trotted out their latest attempt to give a tax break to their corporatist masters in the form of the Graham-Cassidy Bill. This was the latest attempt to roll back Obamacare and weaken the current healthcare system as it stands today. In the Trump Administration, preserving the current status quo is the best average Americans can hope for. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have essentially punished the 31 states that have already expanded coverage under the marketplace. By taking the same pot of money allocated for those states and spreading it to all fifty, this would decrease the funds available for families already struggling. Beyond simply moving money around, it would have essentially ended the marketplace itself. Even more revolting, it would have permitted insurance companies to sell plans that don’t meet federal requirements to sick people and charge them more for those preexisting conditions. This included… Keep Reading

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Alabama State Primary: What to expect in a Trump-friendly stronghold

You might be asking why you should care about Alabama, or if I have completely lost my mind talking about the potential replacement for now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Trump-friendly state. Have I? Let me break this down for you. The President’s approval rating in Alabama is roughly 80 percent. The primary pits incumbent senator Luther Strange against former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Strange has been endorsed by the President and Vice President while also being a reliable ally of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Backed by both the White House and Senate leadership, shouldn’t it be a slam dunk for Strange? Why waste precious time with this discussion? Moore has had a solid lead since the beginning of the primary over Strange. He was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to remove the Ten Commandments off of government property after being ordered to do so by… Keep Reading

Opinion/Politics

Free speech is under assault in Minnesota

In civics and history classes in our Republic, we hear the same stories so much that some of us just tune out completely, we end up forgetting things. As for myself, I lapped it all up. Civics, history, political theory, the question of citizenship, all of those are like drugs to me. I recently purchased a copy of the Federalist Papers, which I know will relegate me to “nerdy political junkie” status for the rest of my life, and I am more than happy to own up to it. In those same stories we hear, the buildup to the Revolution goes something like this: King George taxes the colonists. Colonists say “no taxation without representation.” King George and Prime Minister North said, “eat my shorts” and enacted the Intolerable Acts. Boston Massacre. Lexington and Concord. Bunker Hill. War. Declaration of Independence. America wins, the end. What’s lost but so very… Keep Reading

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Senate and House district 14 candidates have last face-off in town hall

While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had their final standoff before Americans head to the polls, candidates running for Senate districts 14, 14A and House district 14B all participated in a town hall meeting on the campus of St. Cloud State University in the Cascade room in Atwood Memorial Center. District 14 includes current seat holder Republican Jerry Relph and incumbents Democrat Dan Wolgamot and Democrat Steven Zilberg. Republican Tama Theis and Democrat Aric Putnam are running for Senate district 14, and with House district 14 B, current seat holder, Republican Jim Knoblach and incumbent Democrat Zachary Dorholt. Instead of moderators asking prepared questions, students and community members were able to craft questions on a notecard and toss it into a pile, which the moderators picked and read. Topics of discussion were very similar to the debate held a month prior in the Miller Center Auditorium; the issues included public… Keep Reading

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Minnesota senator speaks about race and gender in politics

The SCSU Women’s Center welcomed district 63 Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) as a guest speaker for the second session of their weekly event “Women On Wednesday,” which introduces new topics dealing with women’s issues for discussion each week. According to the DFL senate caucus website, she is the first Hispanic American to be elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006 and the first minority woman to run as lieutenant governor in Minnesota.   Now in her tenth year of office, she currently serves as the chair for the Education Policy Committee and the Senate’s Education Finance, Higher Education and Workforce Development Division, and State and Local Government Committees. It hasn’t been an easy road for Torres Ray. Originally born in Columbia, she immigrated to the U.S. with her husband. Soon after, she began to learn English and became a U.S. citizen. She received a B.A. in Urban Studies from… Keep Reading

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GOP vs. DFL Debate covers police relations, achievement gaps, MN bonding bill

On Wednesday night, students, staff, and St. Cloud community members gathered inside the Miller Center Theatre for the GOP vs DFL debate for Senate and House districts 14 A and B. The candidates traded jabs and discussed hot topic policy issues facing central Minnesota, including police and community relations, bonding bills, and sexual assault on college campuses. Each party had three contenders including Republican Party of Minnesota members; Jerry Relph, State Senator for district 14; Tama Theis, State House district 14 A; and Jim Knoblach, State House district 14 B. For the Democrats there was Dan Wolgamott from Senate district 14; Aric Putnam, State House district 14 A; and Zach Dorholt of House district 14 B. The evening started off with Senate district 14 Dan Wolgamott facing against current State Senator Jerry Relph. Their first topic of discussion was systemic issues within the criminal justice system, a similar topic brought up… Keep Reading

Editorial/Politics

1st Presidential Debate: Performance review

With the first Presidential debate in the books, it’s still difficult to know which candidate will make it to the White House, considering both are widely unpopular by a very large demographic. Both performances in the debate were deemed by most to be below par, especially Donald Trump. Trump repeated his same slogans multiple times throughout the 97 minutes they were allowed, denying past claims and scapegoating others for his shortcomings. Sweeping things under the rug… While Clinton was the apparent winner, her performance was also quite lackluster. She may have been prepared, but all of her answers seemed very scripted and memorized out of a public policy textbook, which is not the way you want to present yourself for a debate. Had she gone up against someone else aside from Donald Trump, she most likely would have lost. The debate topics surfaced around the economy and global trade with… Keep Reading

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The Office of Civil Rights visits St. Cloud State

A branch of the Department of Education, the Office of Civil Rights made a 3-day visit to St. Cloud State University, following a complaint to the Department of Education by an SCSU student. The complaint involved a sexual assault allegation made by the student. The student then filed a complaint with the Department of Education referring to St. Cloud State’s investigation about the matter. All the persons involved in the investigation as well as the complaint have been and will remain confidential until the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights is complete.   When complaints are filed with the Department of Education, the Office of Civil rights gets involved, depending on what the case pertains. Title IX also plays a factor in this case due to subpart A and B, which focus on sexual violence and sexual assault. The department focuses many of its efforts on investigating St. Cloud… Keep Reading

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