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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Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

May 10

Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

The $1-billion bail-out for Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled by Mayor R.T. Rybak and other Minneapolis officials at the Capitol Monday is going to lower taxes for Minneapolis taxpayers. You bet it is. And the Pixie of Prosperity will drop gold coins down your chimney. I am tempted to cut Rybak some slack: His odious proposal to add another sales tax on...

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Stadium Follies: When We Had the Brass to Talk Back

Mar 09

Stadium Follies: When We Had the Brass to Talk Back

I continue my quest to find out whether anyone has the balls in Twin Cities media to oppose the Vikings Stadium Boondoggle that is gaining steam.  Answer: No one, so far. But I am not giving up hope. (See enlarged version below) Once upon a time, journalists had a large sense of civic duty and a professional pride — backed by strong unions — that gave...

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The Shame of the Star Tribune: Shilling for a Stadium

Mar 08

The Shame of the Star Tribune: Shilling for a Stadium

I’ve been asking who speaks for the public in opposition to the billion-dollar Vikings Stadium boondoggle being fabricated behind the scenes by the best lawyers, public relations blowhards and hog-tied newspapers that  money can buy.  I haven’t had an answer, but David Brauer at MinnPost has followed up by wondering why neither the Strib or the Pioneer...

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