Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- A debate a decade in the making began this afternoon as the state House considered whether to build a nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium. "This is our one chance," Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said. "This bill works. It has been fined tuned and it will build a stadium." Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A Republican Vikings stadium plan has collapsed and legislative leaders decided to take votes on the original plan Monday, perhaps opening the door to end the 2012 Minnesota Legislature. However, leaders did not predict the existing plan would pass or say if they would try again if it fails. In a mid-day announcement, GOP leaders also said they would consider a $496 million public works finance bill separate from the stadium. The Senate today was to debate a Republican-written tax bill the Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton plan to discuss a new GOP-written Vikings stadium proposal this afternoon, but the governor did not wait until then to say the idea could kill any chances of a stadium being approved. "The three of us have invited the speaker and Senate majority leader to a meeting this afternoon to see if anything can be salvaged out of this fiasco," Dayton said, with Democratic legislative leaders standing alongside him. Republicans agreed to the 1 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- Dozens of Vikings fans decked out in purple jerseys rallied in the state Capitol Saturday, but went home disappointed after learning there would be no vote to build a new stadium. It was not clear when, or if, they will be able to return to watch House and Senate debates on the decade-old issue. A planned Sunday vote in the Senate was postponed, and House leaders would not say when they might take it up. Republican leaders said they put a higher priority on a tax-relief bill, and urged Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to resume negotiations on that issue.
ST. PAUL - A Vikings stadium bill will face an unexpected hurdle before reaching a full Senate vote. The bill was expected to head to the Senate floor if approved at the Finance Committee meeting today, but Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, said it should go to her Senate Tax Committee first. The Finance Committee is expected to vote on the bill later today, with Ortman's committee likely to take it up Thursday morning. Ortman, chairwoman of the Tax Committee, said the bill "contains provisions that require the consideration" of her panel. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A key Minnesota state senator gave Vikings stadium supporters a dose of reality this morning in announcing she plans to slow the rapid movement of a bill to construct a new facility. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The House joined the Senate Monday in wanting to allow more powerful fireworks in Minnesota. However, unless the Senate accepts House changes, negotiators need to work out differences. Newly legal fireworks would include bottle rockets and other aerial displays. One of the changes Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction bill is headed to a full House vote after a dramatic Monday night turnaround. Minutes shy of being exactly a week after another committee defeated the plan, the House Ways and Means Committee sent the $975 million proposal to the House.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction effort has fallen short for years, but a Friday meeting among NFL officials and Minnesota leaders produced the most progress so far. The plan that passed a Senate committee Friday night 8-6 faces tough votes in other committees.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should be proud of their Capitol and repair its crumbling outside walls, its outdated electrical system and interior that is falling apart, Republicans said Thursday in an unsuccessful effort to fund the long-discussed work. Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in an 80-50 vote to sell $221 million of bonds to finance the work. It needed 81 votes to pass. "I am not going to bring it up (again) unless they (Democrats) will come ask," bill sponsor Rep.