Minnesota Gov. Dayton Wakes From Long Nap, Asks “Whatever Happened to That Vikings Stadium Deal?”

Nov 14

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Wakes From Long Nap, Asks “Whatever Happened to That Vikings Stadium Deal?”

The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, apparently was snoozing last May when he signed into law the legislation approving a publicly-financed $1 Billion stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and its billionaire owner Zygi Wilf. Either Dayton was unconscious or we now have a text-book case of the perils of letting corporate lobbyists prepare “public”...

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VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

Sep 06

VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

If you have been hearing a lot of cheers coming from the direction of the Minnesota Vikings, the excitement is definitely NOT coming from the field, where the team seems to be headed for another sub-par season (last year, the ‘queens were an execrable 3-13) and the odds of them making the Super Bowl have been pegged at 100-1. No, the noise is coming from the...

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Stadium Scandal: A $1Billion Job For Mr. Inside

Jun 22

Stadium Scandal: A $1Billion Job For Mr. Inside

Despite how it may appear, I don’t enjoy being practically alone among alleged journalists in criticizing the way the $1B-plus Vikings Stadium deal went down or in dissecting what this unprecedented boondoggle says about our lapdog media, a compromised “progressive” movement and a DFL Party that has become the legislative arm of the Chamber of...

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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, 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 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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