Vikings stadium ruling contradicts Rybak charter claim

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 11:50 PM

It would have triggered a referendum on stadium deal, court says.

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kivirl4Nov. 13, 13 8:36 PM

its amazing how the Star Tribune is all too eager to dig up this information AFTER the damage has been done. When the stadium issue was still in the offing, all the Star Tribuen could do is cheeerlead from its Editorial page.

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freedubayNov. 13, 13 8:41 PM

Once again Teflon R.T. Rybak dodges any accountability.

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corruptNov. 13, 13 8:43 PM

"contradicting repeated statements from Mayor R.T. Rybak and his city attorney when they were selling the plan in 2012." Are there any honest politicians out here?

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godiveNov. 13, 13 9:03 PM

Another Dem that will tell you what is needed to pass his adjenda. No surprise here.

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redeye12Nov. 13, 13 9:04 PM

Al Franken wrote a book called Lies and the lying liars the tell them. That sure fits RT, Obama, Mondale and Dayton

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RossbergNov. 13, 13 9:05 PM

"Following one of the initial hearings on the Vikings issue in 2012, Rybak said, "We are going to have a referendum in a couple of years when I stand for re-election." He announced that December that he would not seek another term, however." There will be many public officials now who will anxious to have this decision and the issue buried and forgotten since it's bound to be embarrassing to them. However, since the denial of the referendum to the residents of Minneapolis was initiated by Rybak's implied assurance that he would run again as a proxy for this issue and on flawed legal reasoning by the City Attorney it would seem reasonable and fair for the City Council to revisit this issue by re-voting now to see if they are still in favor of bypassing the required referendum. While it may be problematic to have the Legislature do the same, had this court's opinion been issued prior to their original vote it's likely that it would have had a significant impact on their decision and their vote should be reconsidered. The people initiating the lawsuit deserve at least that much respect for following through on this and showing that the statements made by both Mayor Rybak and Mr. Mondale were arbitrary, self-serving, and in obvious conflict with the meaning of the charter amendment.

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rshacklefordNov. 13, 13 9:12 PM

Must hurt a lot to be told you were dead wrong and largely responsible for Wilf and the NFL getting hundreds of millions in free money from taxpayers. Right back at her with: Eventually we have arrived at the truth which is that she screwed up. Bigtime.

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ranger1873Nov. 13, 13 9:26 PM

Gee, politicians lie to promote crony capitalism. Color me shocked. Or not.

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rldd36Nov. 13, 13 9:38 PM

"Rybak has never favored doing a referendum, noting to an audience this week that “referendum government is in my mind a terrible thing.”" HOW DARE you let the people have any say in how they are governed. Or in this case, ruled over is more appropriate.

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marketerNov. 13, 13 9:46 PM

Wouldn't you love to see a City council vote on the stadium with the newly elected members?

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