St. Paul: Thumbs down to late bar hours for GOP convention

  • Article by: CHRIS HAVENS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 2, 2008 - 9:30 PM

The council opposed, 4-3, a legislative plan to let bars close later during the Republican Convention.

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swschradApr. 2, 08 4:55 PM

if not, what about the rest of us?

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namzsoApr. 2, 08 5:37 PM

The St Paul city council would have not been opposed.

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TroutYammerApr. 2, 08 5:49 PM

That's going to put a real damper on the profits for hookers, drug dealers, bar owners and other associated business that stand to make a lot of money off the GOP.

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johnsmeApr. 2, 08 5:53 PM

It just seems weird to ask for something like this. Why do you need to be up 'til 4 am for anything? Unless you get to do shots with McCain, go home and go to bed. Why not ask the bowling alley to stay open late and take the pinheads bowling?

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deepaknathApr. 2, 08 5:55 PM

Council Members Lee Helgen, Dave Thune, and the other two narrow minded Council Members should all be impeached. To the residents of St. Paul, I hope you remember these people during the next election. Extending bar hours will not create Las Vegas or more problems. The exact opposite would occur. Letting the public filter out over a longer period will LESSEN traffic and other congestion problems and lower the number of issues that comes with forcing everyone out at 2am. If the 4 council memebers who will be asleep by 10pm and who probably don't have any clue about the dynamics of the bar industry, would have taking an objective (non-polictical) view on this issue, the resulting vote would have been much different. I feel very bad for you St. Paul right now.

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cepeda22Apr. 2, 08 6:09 PM

I think it would be nice to have them open late. To be able to show the world that there is another city in the Midwest besides Chicago that can be, and will be, attractive to large conventions as the GOP Convention. Im not saying keep them open later for the next Shrine Circus, or Bob Dylan concert, but this would be awfully good for the city...

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n8gilmoreApr. 2, 08 6:19 PM

Maybe if the bars are closed, then all of the Republicans will sober up and realize that they are ruining this country!

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schmellApr. 2, 08 6:27 PM

Clap clap. Council Member Helgen is correct. This isn't Las Vegas. The City Council of Las Vegas understands the importance of their businesses to benefiting their economy and constituents. This isn't Las Vegas. Businesses here are taxed higher amounts and with greater regularity. This isn't Las Vegas. Businesses here are forced into hours of operation that are not backed by any credible study of traffic or safety, and in the case of Mpls, actually against many police officers wishes. Bars are a necessary component of any major metropolis. Owners are specifically licensed to monitor alcohol consumption. While it isn't a perfect science, I would rather take my chances having someone with a license to lose watch over my consumption than people running off in the middle of the night to some party where underage use and excess use are much much more common.

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mnmadmanApr. 2, 08 6:28 PM

I guess drinking til 4 a.m. is part of the whole 'family values' agenda--the Jack Daniels family!! St. Paul is now expected to subsidize them being lushes too!

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skyler93Apr. 2, 08 6:45 PM

Don't even open the bars or let them drive! Only a bunch of massive alcoholics in a state of D.T's would proudly own up to being Republicans these days. Frankly, we should send the whole lot to Detox, starting with the head drunk himself, Jr. Bush.

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