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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 30 weeks

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Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:37 pm in response to What we haven't heard from Mark Dayton and Jeff Johnson

A maximum of 5 points per question, based on whether and how fully the candidate answered the question asked and stayed on topic.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:30 pm in response to Gubernatorial debate gets personal

Let's see what you look like after being booked.

He has one of those looks that kinda says, “You know I’ve done something worth arresting me.”

Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:32 pm in response to Gubernatorial debate gets personal

Perhaps we should have a test that requires prospective voters to write a coherent paragraph, whether or not they smoke marijuana.

Posted on 10/09/14 at 11:51 am in response to Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

one reminiscent of the religious beliefs at issue in Hobby Lobby, in that China's position apparently is not based on science.

The plaintiff's complaint reads like a law school tort exam, alleging every possible theory of liability. Like so many of today's class actions, it appears that this one may be little more than the product of a creative attorney avarice. Four firms are listed as counsel for plaintiff, firms from Chicago, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, and Custer, S.D....

Posted on 10/09/14 at 11:27 am in response to Urban birds: Living with them requires acting responsibly

“Its going to kill thousands of birds,” Stiteler explained.

How many?

Annually, over 10 years, or?

Which species?

Does that include an endangered species?

What's the estimated impact on bird populations as a whole? By species?

Those who want to obtain the support of the less-interested, e.g. , me, had best make an effort to quantify the problem.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 09:42 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I live in St. Paul, in a thoroughly DFL district. I've lived in this district for 30 years. I'm retired and, if not well educated, I have at least spent a good many years attempting to become educated. I can't recall the last time a non-DFL candidate was elected in my ward or district or that the GOP mounted more than a token effort at a campaign in my community. The DFL endorsement is a de facto election for most offices on which I may be called upon to vote. Other parties: why bother...

Posted on 10/08/14 at 12:30 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

In an era in which news consumption continues to decline, I believe it unlikely that most of the population know anything about SCOTUS decisions beyond what can't be avoided in a media-saturated age. Even those who are triggered by some decisions rarely take the time to actually read them much less evaluate their legitimacy or their nuances. Even many professional pundits rarely do so.

To the extent that the electorate does care about what you call activist courts, I expect that...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 12:24 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I don't consider myself a Democrat, despite my voting record. I've never found a party whose principles were sufficiently like my own to assume the mantle. Both major parties are too willing to legislate matters of the mind and heart for me. One is too devoted to the concept of freedom as fundamentally a matter of economics and the other too willing to micro-manage. I'm too old to give up my Goldilocks politics at this point.

As for waking up and finding the boogie man is about to...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 12:57 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

between having an interest in politics and voting on election day. I care a good deal about what my government does on my behalf or in my name and do what I believe I can to influence those actions, in various ways. By doing so, I can focus on the issues that matter to me without simultaneously endorsing an advocate of positions I do not support or which I actively oppose. As an outlier on the political spectrum, on the other hand, I stand little chance of effecting any change in our...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 05:26 pm in response to Nolan and Mills tangle in Duluth debate

It does not claim to provide objective and unbiased reporting.