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, Part IV: ZYGI WILF’s AIRPLANE

May 16

STATE of CORRUPTION, Part IV: ZYGI WILF’s AIRPLANE

    @stribgillespie: Highly placed sources say Zygi Wilf has downloaded a certain Randy Newman hit. That Tweet from the StarTribune’s Editorial Page Editor, Scott Gillespie, hit Twitter on April 20, a few days after the vote by a Legislative committee NOT to let the $1 billion boondoggle of a plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium go to the floor of...

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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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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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Dayton Swims with the Sharks

Oct 20

Dayton Swims with the Sharks

DAY Three: Minnesota Held Hostage by Wilfare ‘Queens It may be worse than we thought: Gov. Mark Dayton, always a threat to become a loose cannon (he resembles his late mentor, Gov. Rudy Perpich, in his penchant for going off on tangents without regard to his base), has thrown himself under the limo, claiming that he, himself, will  devise a $billion-plus...

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MN: Wilfare State

Oct 18

MN: Wilfare State

DAY Three: Minnesota Held Hostage by Wilfare ‘Queens It may be s worse than we thought: Gov. Mark Dayton, always a threat to become a loose cannon on any topic (he resembles his late mentor, Gov. Rudy Perpich, in his penchant for going off on tangents without regard to his base), has thrown himself under the limo, claiming that he, himself, will  devise a...

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GOP Wins Control of Legislature, “Drops Trou” for Vikings

Nov 18

GOP Wins Control of Legislature, “Drops Trou” for Vikings

Politicians Still Pimping4Purple Wet-behind-the-ears Republicans Likely to Be Easy Pickings The StarTribune is reporting today that incoming leaders of the GOP-controlled 2011 Minnesota Legislature have gone all weak-in-the-knees for the Minnesota Vikings and its collective-billionaire-family-of owners, the Wilfs, who want the public to build them a new...

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