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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 30 weeks

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Posted on 09/09/14 at 11:44 am in response to Transit planning ‘debacles’ and the subway option

but when and how various areas will be served.

We have limited funds for mass transit. Granted, that funding could be increased if there were the political will to do so. Absent that, every decision must be made in light of the avialable funds and the political realities. Suburban counties won't participate if there is no direct and immediate benefit to them. The core counties (Hennepin and Ramsay) can't afford to go it alone. So, rather than making the best long term decisions...

"In any event, the big picture here is clear. Households earning more than $200,000 a year account for less than 10% of the returns, but get 30% of all the benefits. And households earning more than $100,000 a year get 69% of all the benefit. The mortgage-interest deduction might be a middle-class tax break, but realistically it’s an upper-middle-class tax break."



I suspect you're referring to monthly savings. Correct?

Posted on 09/03/14 at 11:39 am in response to Survey finds Republicans' biggest concern is not what you think it is

Which one was answered?

“to protect our private information and constitutional rights”

Posted on 08/25/14 at 06:12 pm in response to After Hagedorn apology, GOP wants one from Franken

Organic farming as religion.

So even if there is no “reality” you still have to pay … ? At Midwest Energy News Frank Jossi reports, “While science has all but ruled out the most persistent health claims about transmission projects, high-voltage lines are still perceived by many as posing a risk to humans and livestock. … A Scott County judge ruled last week that utilities in the CapX2020 project have to buy the Cedar Summit Farm based on ‘subjective concerns’ about the power line’s...

as to submit a piece of your own discussing the issue of forfeiture of any property, under any circumstances. It would be a valuable discussion to have.

any more debates than he or she must participate in. It only gives the opposition more exposure and at no cost.

"For Medtronic’s shareholders, there’s another issue to the deal: Its structure creates a surprise taxable event for them — one that could cost thousands of dollars depending on how many shares they own. … Others were upset that Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

Posted on 08/01/14 at 12:16 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

"Details of the lawsuit — including what, specifically, it will ask the courts to do — haven't been revealed yet, in part because GOP leadership wanted the House to vote to authorize the suit first."

Posted on 08/01/14 at 01:07 pm in response to Ventura verdict sends message to writers: Be careful

A few comments to help put this case in perspective, something the media have avoided doing.

First, most public figure cases are not made against a person who claims to have been an eye witness to the events he or she describes, but someone who reports what others have said about the plaintiff. Where the defendant claims to have been a participant, he or she can be expected to know what's true and what isn't. If a jury determines that the claimed conduct didn't occur or the words...