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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 06/28/14 at 11:31 am in response to Solid steps advance women, but more needed

It is not only women who benefit from these laws. In particular, I'd like to challenge the assumption that only women will use sick leave to care for extended family members or the extended parenting leave.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 02:48 pm in response to Watchdog: Bremer trustees paying themselves 'far too much'

If we last long enough, we too will have every street and building named after some long forgotten politician, general or beaureaucrat.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 03:05 pm in response to Minneapolis City Council approves $395,000 for winter marketplace

The average high in Minnepolis in December is a balmy 27 degrees. The average low, a mild 12 degrees.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 02:46 pm in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

by the thought that a politician would accuse his opponent of failing to do what he cannot do and claim that he will get it done while occupying the same office. OK, maybe not appalled. Maybe not surprised in the least.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 01:41 pm in response to President strolls, snacks, promises flood relief

Every politician will disappoint his or her constituency. They all promise to change things they can't truly influence. Those who try to be all things to all people (or all members of their party) must inevitable disappoint at least some. So, when we talk about approval ratings, to what extent are we measuring disappointment? And, to what extent are we measuring those who wouldn't approve of anything a specific politician or any member of the opposing party might do?

Posted on 06/26/14 at 01:42 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

I'm a long way from an ACA maven, but as I understand it, many now receive federal subsidies for their premiums. Providing them a deduction as well seems ill-advised, at least without factoring in the subsidy.

Those not receiving a subsidy and paying their own health insurance premiums using after-tax dollars can include those premiums in their medical expense deductions, if they itemize, subject to a 10% floor (7.5% if 65 or older). (Those paying with pre-tax dollars already receive...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 01:59 pm in response to Green Line averaging almost 28,000 passengers a day

until someone mentioned Sen. Klobuchar for higher office? Let me be among the first to say, "No." She has shown no leadership to date on anything of substance and, in my view, has played safely in the middle of the pack. While I expect her to retain her seat for as long as she wants it (barring some offensive act on her part), I will not cast a vote for her to occupy the White House.

Ms. Macdonald has been licensed to practice law for almost 27 years, since September 11, 1987. In that time, court records available on-line indicate that she has been involved in approximately 20 appeals. Opinions and order regarding these matters can be found here:


Though some non-lawyers contend that the Declaration of Independence is the predicate for the U.S. Constitution, (e.g.,, legal scholars are in wide agreement that it has no place in American law, except as a court may find it's sentiments persuasive.

As Mr. Rovick notes, the legal minimum requirement for a place...

dismissing the point?

The difference is in who decides what is said. In this instance, it would appear to be the men who made up 70% of the GOP delegates. (Nice job on that Supreme Court candidate, by the way.)

As for the claimed diversity: I look at the list and I see 5 successful middle-aged white men. What am I missing?

"We’ve got a businessman (McFadden), a county commissioner (Johnson), a fighter pilot (Severson), a lawyer (Newman) and an auditor (Gilbert)....