Mpls. City Council holds Vikings stadium key

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and MAYA RAO , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 8:17 PM

Dayton pressed two members in a bid to build Mpls. City Council support, which could ease a stadium bill's passage in the Legislature.

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andrew91Mar. 19, 12 8:39 PM

Minnesota politics are just sickening. Finger pointing, strong arming, name calling. What a disgrace these so called leaders are, regardless of what side of the stadium debate they are on.

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sharkysharkMar. 19, 12 9:05 PM

The referendum is required by law, voted into such by the taxpayers of Minneapolis.

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RossbergMar. 19, 12 9:16 PM

When you represent people who turned out to vote on a charter amendment and it passed with over 70% of the vote and you're getting phone calls and emails running about 90% in favor of abiding by the charter, I don't see how a council member can set that aside in favor of going along with a governor's wishes. It would be tremendously disrespectful to your constituents to let them see that the person who represents them has so little backbone that they can be talked into surrendering their rights simply because it's inconvenient to the mayor and governor to have to abide by them. If you're willing to sell out your constituents then your resignation should come in the same breath. What's the point of even having a charter or the amendment if it's just something which can be thrown out on a whim?

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weisz015Mar. 19, 12 9:39 PM

I am in Sandy Colin Roy's district and I voted for her because she has the integrity to vote the wishes of her district. That is what I call a representative. I hope she will vote for the referendum.

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writerxxMar. 19, 1210:04 PM

If you must build this thing, please make it a true multi-use facility. Make sure that the common people are able to use it like we do the Metrodome. Make this new building friendly to runners and Rollerblading. Rollerdome is a great winter activity and makes great use of an otherwise empty mega structure. It doesn't cost the taxpayers a dime, on the contrary, it pays for itself. Keep "indoor activity friendly usage" in the plans for any new sports complex!

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rgreendaMar. 19, 1210:47 PM

Lets get this done. It will be somewhere else if we dont get the stadium built! Just imagine sunday at noon without the minnesota vikings!!!!

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furguson11Mar. 20, 1212:40 AM

The legislature takes away LGA and then allows the Mpls City Council to violate their own charter and vote to tax themselves for a stadium. Go figure.

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roundy1945Mar. 20, 12 3:45 AM

In Anoka county the votes swept the pro stadium arses from office. It is your turn Ramsey county and Mpls.

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fishanhunt2Mar. 20, 12 5:52 AM

"If we're called upon to spend more than $10 million, we have a provision in our charter that states what procedures we have to do," Reich said at the time. "I'm bound by those." -------- Thank you councilmen Reich for taking a stand and pointing out the obvious. Minneapolis is not Rybaks, , Johnsons, Daytons or Wilfs little fiefdom. No vote? No stadium!

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mnpls123Mar. 20, 12 6:39 AM

City council do your elected job and vote this plan up or down. Even the people who got this referendum on the ballot agree it was a bad idea and we should allow the city council to make these decisions.

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