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Senate Approves Vikings Stadium Bill With Changes Of Their Own

Monday the House passed a stadium plan with some modifications.  Tuesday it was the Senates turn and after 11 hours of debate, they also have passed a Vikings stadium bill by a vote of 38-28.  Like the House, the Minnesota Senate made changes and now the two sides must compromise before sending the bill to its final destination to be signed by Governor Mark Dayton.

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Vikings Stadium Plan Passes Minnesota House; Ownership Asked To Pay More

In a big step forward for those who support a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota House voted 73-58 to approve a public subsidy package for a new stadium, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.  It will now head toward the state Capitol for final passage.  The stadium project could go to the Senate for a vote as soon as today.  If all goes well, it could be ready for Governor Mark Dayton to sign into law by the end of the week.  However, Viking's owner Zygi Wilf may not be 100% pleased with the plan that was passed.

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With Top NFL Officials Arriving, Vikings Stadium Bill Inches Forward But Still Has Long Way To Go

Roger Goddell is now in Minneapolis, showing just how serious this matter is to the state of Minnesota and the NFL.  I respect Mr. Goddell a lot and I think he will be shocked at the lack of understanding some of the politicians have in Minneapolis.  Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington who opposes the bill wants to know if Governor Mark Dayton called Roger Goddell or if he came on his own.  Ann, WHO CARES?!  This is a major issue that needs your complete understanding and you're tied up in who called who?  This isn't high school student council, where I'm sure you completely rocked.  This just illustrates how out of focus some of the politicians are on not just this, but a myriad of issues.

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Dayton Decries Photo ID Push With A ‘Veto’

I posted a story on this last week and thought that it wasn't a bad idea to require more identification to vote.  My point was that government issued ID's are required for the most basic things such as opening a checking account so why not require such identification for something as important as voting?

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Governor Vetoes Expansion Of Use Of Deadly Force

I tend to agree with the governor in that the concerns of our law officers needs to be taken into account as they are the ones who would deal with this type of activity more than the average citizen.  What are your thoughts?

 
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the cases in which people could use deadly force, siding with objections from law enforcement who said

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State Contribution To New Vikings Stadium: $398 Million

I think today brought fantastic news in that the Minnesota Vikings are as close as they've been to staying put and having a new facility that will help the entire state.  There are still some political obstacles to get over, but the momentum is positive.

 
After days of intense, closed-door meetings, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday morning announced an agreement for what the governor called, "a new people's stadium" in downtown Minneapolis.

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"I know you are but what am I?!" - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Rep. Lanning: Dayton’s ‘Harsh’ Words Do Not Help Vikings Stadium Deal

Politicians crack me up, it's like never growing up.  "You hurt my feelings, now I'm going to hurt yours you poopy butt!".  Hopefully cooler heads prevail and they quit being so crazy sensitive.
 

Gov. Mark Dayton’s pointed comments Monday that Senate Republicans were “unfit to govern” may affect one of the biggest issues at the state Capitol – whether to pass legislation for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

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Unexpected $876 Million State Surplus Comes With Caution

The state of Minnesota got unexpected news withe this $876 million state surplus.  However it looks like all Minnesota residents won't be receiving a check anytime soon.
Although they predict the state will end the two-year budget cycle with a surplus, the state's economic gurus are not dancing in the streets

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Dayton, Legislators: Maybe Watching A Vikings Game Would Help Get Everyone On The Same Page

Hey, whatever it takes to get this stadium issue resolved right?  I picture a bunch of guys in Polo shirts and Dockers watching a game together.  Wonder if they will have beer and nachos?  What I really think they should do is watch a game together at the Metrodome.  Then they will see the passion of the fans inside and outside of the stadium and how busy nearby businesses are for the game.
 

Maybe if everyone just sat down and watched a Minnesota Vikings game things would work out.

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Dayton: Legislators Should Be Leaders On Vikings Stadium

Sounds like Governor Mark Dayton understands that having a professional team and a stadium is about way more than just building a playground to get an owner rich.  It's about long term state revenue, jobs and community.  Whether this leadership actually leads to a solution remains to be seen, but it's a start.
Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday put pressure on lawmakers to step forward to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

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Minnesota State Shutdown’s Over With Dayton’s Signature On 12 Bills

We knew it was getting close, but it looks like we can officially say the shutdown for the state of Minnesota has reached its end.
 

It's over. Finally.

Gov. Mark Dayton ceremoniously signed a dozen bills Wednesday morning that will turn the lights back on for Minnesota's government and close the door on a shutdown that was the longest in recent U.S. history.

In the course of three minutes, he signed a 10-inch stack of bills that will eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and said that "effective tomorrow, be back to work." Dayton also said that the shuttered state parks, one of residents' flashpoints during the shutdown, now in its 20th day, will reopen Thursday.

The reason the resumption of services won't resume immediately, his aides said Tuesday, is that state law requires a day for newly-enacted laws to trigger the

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Little Progress Emerges From First Post-Shutdown Talks

The first day since the holiday weekend and sadly there is no encouraging news as of yet.
 

Leaders at the Capitol emerged Tuesday from the latest negotiations since the shutdown began with little progress to announce.

In fact, things may have taken a step backward.

Republicans renewed their request for the governor to call a special session

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