Daddy Dayton, Part II: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Open Appointment Process

Jun 20

Daddy Dayton, Part II: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Open Appointment Process

My recent post criticizing Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of a staff functionary to be chair of the new commission that will oversee construction of a $1B-plus Vikings football stadium, hit a sore spot with other insiders. Minneapolis lobbyist Andrew Kozak was asked by Common Cause Minnesota in March to recuse himself from involvement in Minneapolis...

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Daddy Dayton

Jun 15

Daddy Dayton

When the Minnesota Legislature authorized the construction of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1978, Gov. Rudy Perpich appointed a self-made millionaire construction contractor from St. Cloud named Dan Brutger to chair the stadium commission and oversee the project — which came in on time, on budget and for a very modest $55 million. Thirty-four years later,...

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STATE of CORRUPTION III: Media Collusion? These guys would LIE about what our favorite COLOR is

May 14

STATE of CORRUPTION III: Media Collusion? These guys would LIE about what our favorite COLOR is

UPDATED: Example: KSTP-TV distorted stadium poll findings. Did Twin Cities journalism outlets take a dive during the debate over the $1B Vikings stadium proposal? Help crowd-source my effort to remember the worst moments, most-naked conflicts of interest and most-egregious omissions. Maybe there were even noteworthy exceptions when mainstream media outlets...

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STATE OF CORRUPTION II: A “People’s Stadium” for Zygi

May 11

STATE OF CORRUPTION II: A “People’s Stadium” for Zygi

After Thursday’s passage of the Vikings stadium giveaway, the Governor of Minnesota used the kind of language usually reserved for wounded or dead soldiers to heap praise on Zygi and Mark Wilf, the billionaire, New Jersey-based owners of an NFL franchise that was worth an estimated $800 million last week but probably far more than $1 billion now: “Last...

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STATE OF CORRUPTION: How the Vikings Stadium Deal Went Down And Took Honest&Open Government With It.

May 10

STATE OF CORRUPTION: How the Vikings Stadium Deal Went Down And Took Honest&Open Government With It.

                                                         “(We) want to respect the business privacy of the Vikings.”                                — Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem. Room 400 North in the State Office Building was a busy place...

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From the Vault: When Journalists Had Balls

Mar 02

From the Vault: When Journalists Had Balls

This item first appeared on my blog on March 9, 2011. If anything, it is even more timely today, as Minnesota’s leading news outlet stands to hit the jackpot with a Vikings Stadium deal that it relentlessly promoted. Ask yourself if it is even possible today for journalists to criticize their bosses, and their companies, in public or to openly adhere to a...

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A “People’s Stadium,” Gov. Dayton and a $1 Billion gift to the “Minnesota Wilfs”

Mar 01

A “People’s Stadium,” Gov. Dayton and a $1 Billion gift to the “Minnesota Wilfs”

Gov. Zygi Wilf thanks “the great state of Minnesota” for the billion-dollar stadium package put forward for his team, the Minnesota Vikings (notice which “media” crew has the center seat at the press conference).  Oops. Correction: Mr. Wilf lives in New York and New Jersey. The governor of Minnesota is the man in the rear, in front of the...

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Next Time, Throw Zygi Out

Jan 25

Next Time, Throw Zygi Out

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ignored about 200 OccupyMN protesters who marched around the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, the first day of the 2012 Legislative session. But about half of the group eventually made their way to Dayton’s doors, which promptly were shut in their face. “Money for human needs, not for stadiums,” they chanted. (I shot the video...

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Democracy or Wilfare? Shut Up, Morons!

Nov 29

Democracy or Wilfare? Shut Up, Morons!

For anyone following the so-called “stadium debate” in Minnesota, the agenda for today’s joint Senate committee hearing at the State Capitol is quite educational: After testimony from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the Vikings, Ramsey County and Minneapolis — in other words, ALL of the players trying to milk the taxpayers for...

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Wilfare 4 Zygi/Zero for Kids

Nov 01

Wilfare 4 Zygi/Zero for Kids

Walking into the Charles M. Schulz Hockey Arena last Saturday, bringing my boys to their first hockey practice of the season, I noticed something strange: Hardly anyone was leaving the arena. Usually, as we come in, a horde of kids is leaving the ice, and on Saturdays in the Fall, they are not the typical Minnesota youth hockey player. They are poor, mostly minority,...

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