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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is willing to give the Republican stadium “switch-a-roo” a chance. Dayton spoke yesterday afternoon after an hour-long meeting with Republican legislative leaders in which the Republican proposal for using general obligation bonding as a means of paying for a Vikings stadium was discussed. Dayton, Democratic […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter It’s just another day at the State Capitol, said Vikings stadium front man Lester Bagley. Republican legislative leaders on Monday (May 1) proposed a dramatic shift away from the Vikings stadium legislation methodically crafted over past months and now awaiting action on Republican House and Senate floors. Instead of […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Julie Rosen stepped outside of the Senate Tax Committee late Friday evening, April 27 after witnessing her Vikings stadium bill sent to the Senate floor. Rosen, for just clearing likely the last committee hurdle her high-profile bill needs to clear, was less than exultant. “I’m tired,” said Rosen, […]

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Hope for a Vikings stadium deal this legislative session waxed and waned this week, the result of irresolute or ornery legislators who seem to reflect the conflicted views of their constituents. But the rush to assemble a stadium funding package did expose a problem that deserves fixing, with or without a stadium package. Minnesota’s charitable […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Some 760 pounds of persuasion visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 25, to make a sales pitch for a new Vikings’ stadium. Accompanied by Vikings’ officials, Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway, and center John Sullivan spent about an hour at the State Capitol, visiting […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Enter racino. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 25, passed a Vikings’ stadium bill, but not before lawmakers amended it to include racino in the bill’s arsenal of gambling revenue generators. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, saw his racino amendment affixed to the bill during the sometimes raucous committee […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Senate Vikings’ stadium bill cleared another committee today (Tuesday, April 24), edging the stadium initiative closer to anticipated up-or-down votes on the Republican House and Senate floors. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, saw her stadium legislation clear the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee on a voice vote. “There […]

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Local lawmaker questions projected gambling revenue figures by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Vikings’ stadium bill is moving to the House floor for the first time. The House Ways and Means Committee Monday, April 23, blew a breath of life into the stalled Vikings’ stadium initiative in the Republican House through two key votes. […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter It’s back. A group of bipartisan lawmakers and Ramsey County officials at a hastily called press conference Wednesday, April 18, made a late-session pitch for an Arden Hills Vikings stadium. The pitch came short days after the Minneapolis Vikings stadium proposal crashed in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. […]

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