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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 17 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/23/14 at 11:18 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

he sounds like an excellent running back.

Posted on 07/22/14 at 11:28 am in response to A new, potentially very serious blow to Obamacare law

that refused to create state exchanges blame Obama for this one?

Posted on 07/21/14 at 10:35 am in response to Gubernatorial candidates avoiding social issues

Yup, she's the champion of the safe, the obvious and the meaningless. This is simply the most recent example.

Her most daring (and foolish) effort is her championship of Children in Families First Act of 2013 (CHIFF), which would substantially undermine national and international efforts to reduce irregularities in international adoption. But, hey, it plays well with voters.

Posted on 07/18/14 at 11:35 am in response to Psychological treatments deserve closer scrutiny, researchers say

that the qualities of the therapist are a key consideration. Most find no relief from their first medication trial. Why would we expect patients' experiences with therapists to be any different?

That's a pretty rosy view of charters. Consider this, from the U of M, last year:

The charter system remains highly segregated. (Table 1) The distribution of schools has been remarkably stable over time.
The percentage of charters which are predominantly non-white remained in the mid-50s for most years since 1995-96 and the integrated share has varied very little around 18-20 percent. During the same period, the percentage of traditional schools in the region that were...

is still segregation, Mr. Nathan.

Posted on 07/17/14 at 10:20 am in response to Dismissing the cost of doing business in Minnesota will be at our peril

As already noted, this piece is woefully short on specifics. Links to the sources cited should have been provided so that readers can assess their conclusions for themselves or, at the very least, learn what is meant by the "cost of doing business."

Posted on 07/14/14 at 04:12 pm in response to Walk away, Scruff Face: An open letter to Jesse Ventura

than what's been on display the past week. Let the media walk away from this, because he won't.

In the "For What It's Worth Department": He's suing Mrs. Kyle in her capacity as representative for her husband's estate. My educated quess is that there's insurance money sitting at the end of the rainbow, if he makes it that far, and that Mrs. Kyle won't be out a cent unless the trial proceeds to a punitive damages phase and he wins there as well.

An enterprising reported might...

Posted on 07/14/14 at 05:44 pm in response to Should Minnesota dump the MNsure website?

if I can spend it at the casinos.

until the parties abandon the supernatural as a basis for their claims and recognize that each side is responsible for its the actions it takes today, without recourse to accusations rooted in the past. Until then, we can expect this cycle to repeat itself indefinitely:

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/...