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Stadium Takes Big Step, Passes Minnesota House Of Representatives

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 7, 2012 – 9:40 pm

The Vikings organization, its fans and Minnesota lawmakers have been battling for a new stadium to keep the Vikings a part of Minnesota culture for more than a decade. And tonight, after a full day of debate inside the State Capitol, a huge step toward that end was made.

Stadium legislation passed the Minnesota House of Representatives by a margin of 73-58, setting the stage for debate and a vote in the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday. Fans played a huge role in making a push to gain passage in the House, and now fans can have the same influence as the process moves on to the Senate. Click here to find out how to contact your Senator and urge them to vote for the stadium legislation.

While more work remains to reach resolution on this long-standing issue, tonight’s outcome represents a historic moment in the push for a stadium that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota for many, many generations.

More to come here on vikings.com, so stay tuned.


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350 Responses to “Stadium Takes Big Step, Passes Minnesota House Of Representatives”

  1. By KluManChu on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Fist!!!

  2. By Mike B. on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    darn

  3. By Mike B. on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yes it’s a great day to be a Vikings Fan. Good job to everyone who got out the support.

  4. By KluManChu on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Just one step closer to getting our stadium !!! SKOL VIKES!!!

  5. By Justin on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Here is a nice photo showing the final Yeas and Nays http://wp.me/p1zWAl-1ac

  6. By Snapit on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, it passed. But the House substantially altered the funding to the tune of another $100 M from Zygi. I can’t imagine that’ll sit well. I wonder how that impacts all of this. To me, it sounds like quite a smack in the face and another potential hurdle.

  7. By Kyle N. on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly thought if the team moved that I would have to drop football all together. It wouldn’t be the same rooting for the team in a new city and i’m too attached to the team to root for a different team. I would have to abandon the NFL all together. I am not a minnesota tax payer but I will definately donate some money to the video lottery to help pay for this thing every time I am in town now!

  8. By chris_b on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    great news now its the senates turn to do the right thing

  9. By billbobagons1 on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ya great it passed but did they give ziggy a call to see if He will kick in another 105 million? I will not get overly excited untill Zigggy speaks!!!!

  10. By hognuts on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    The extra money at the Vikes will likely be hashed out if it makes to the conference committee. Unless the Vikes decide to that they will pay that extra money of course.

  11. By Tru Speed on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    chris go………….?
    we can pray

  12. By robert declercq on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    go vikes i live here in michigan and have been a die hard vikings fan for 44yrs please!! please!! let the bill pass, if it dose i will come up there and see the vikings play in there new stadium and spend lots and lots of money book it im there dude!! come on viking fans flood the capital and make them pass this darn bill. there is no tomorrow there is no tomorrow go vikes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Snapit on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    vp Bagley “great day” says the amendment to have them pay $105 million more “not workable”

    Source: Chip Scoggins (RT) on Twitter

  14. By ViperKO on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    I just heard The VP of Vikings say, ” The 100m is unworkable” i wouldn’t too excited yet, still got more work to do! Skol.

  15. By ViperKO on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    get*

  16. By Shaun on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    This team is by far the reason I watch sports in general. I’m 34 yrs old and have been a fan my whole life. the thought of the Vikings not being in Minnesota makes me want 2 puke!! PLEASE people do the right thing and keep the VIKINGS in their home the state needs this team more than ever!! I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and I make about 20,000 dollars a year yet since 2000 which was my 1st Vikings game ever I went 2 1 home game every year and that trip cost me with a room,gas,food and 2 tickets well over 1000 dollars so if I can have that dedication PLEASE Minnesota SENATE please do the right thing and keep this team HERE!!!

  17. By billbobagons1 on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Let not get excited to the bill that they changed for the Vikings to kick in 105 million more untill We hear from Ziggy and if the Vikings will kick in 105 million more. Here is an Idea how about Minnesota own 3M company kick in the 105 and name it 3M Stadium. Just a thought.

  18. By Woody on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Come on Legislators – do the right thing! Think of the future of Minnesota and the Twin Cities — a new stadium will bring tons of upgrades, additional revenue, new jobs, ehanced community interest, and most importantly retain our beloved Viking franchise in Minnesota. Remember what happened in the past – We lost the Lakers to LA, and the North Stars to Dallas. Lets not let politics ruin our heritage of having the Minnesota Vikings. Please do the right thing – work out the deal for both sides and pass the bill.

  19. By Titus on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    There are 20 Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities– 3M is ranked the 5th largest. The top 5 had revenues close to $300 Billion for 2011. You would think a few of them could get this thing done– The stadium could be named after one, the field after another, the roof after another, the bathrooms after another…

  20. By Titus on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Email the senators now! Vote is tomorrow!!! I sent the same letter I sent Zellers– with a few modifications because the senator I am under is of a different party.

  21. By billbobagons1 on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Great idea Titus on getting more than 3M involved. Whatever it takes to keep the Viking in Minnesota!!!!!!

  22. By PaulMax1957 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    One step down one more to go. But a new wrinkle has been put in place. Under the House version, the Wilfs need to cough up 105 million more. I’m not even going to guess what the Senate will say what the Wilfs and Vikings will have to do to get the stadium but at least some progress has been made after more than 10 years.

  23. By Jeff on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think the extra 105m is just coming from ziggy, I could have sworn I read somewhere else part of it would be coming from other private sources including the NFL. The VP said it would be hard for them to stomach but doesn’t mean they won’t do it. I just pray that by the end of the week we have something worked out. I would probably have to move from Minnesota if the Vikings left because they are one of the few things that make these long winters bearable.

  24. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Baby steps people baby steps.

  25. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    A extra $105 million is a little tough to swallow but hopefully Zygi and the rest of the Wilfs will aprove. Interesting idea Titus about partnering up with 3M.

  26. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oops BillboBagons1 had the idea Titus expanded upon the idea. Sorry for the misplaced credit.

  27. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    We need to go Clint Eastwood on the Senate.

  28. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Going Eastwood(Death stare angry voice)

  29. By Rogerthevikefan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone know where to find what jersey numbers the draft picks will be wearing? I know Kalil is 67, Smith 22, Robison 31(Cook switched to 20), and as far as I know Ellison is 40.

  30. By Don on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I see a light at the end of a long tunnel. lets make it happen. Go Purple!

  31. By vikfreak on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    @Rogerthevikefan: Kalil has 75, cause D Love swtiched to 73

  32. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Good this passed, butthe extra 105 Mil is yet another hurdle. The opposing legislators were emabarras.singly stupid in their useless amendments.

  33. By billbobagons1 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I did think ther could be other companys to give the 105 million for the name of the stadium but sure like the way 3M Viking stadium sounds really good. Let’s just hope some company or person or group step forward to get this done!!!!!

  34. By sandiamond on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Sell the stadium name rights for top dollar to a national brand. sports auth is about defunct on the east coast

  35. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Childs is #85

  36. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    3M, Target, General Mills….

  37. By sandiamond on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://min.scout.com/2/1184700.html

    Increased contribution another Vikings hurdle

  38. By sandiamond on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    they have about 25mill cap after the longwell axe. WhO’s next?

  39. By sandiamond on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    big stadium push going on/ Senate starts in 1hr 20 mins

    http://www.kodekreachor.com/Vikings/StadiumVoteYes.htm

  40. By Bigfan1 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    One more step, many more to go, hopefully the team will compromise on the extra 100 million because it’s a tough nut to sell with the politico in Minnesota.

  41. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Great news, now onto the senate, one step closer.

  42. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Stadium issue must come to end

    Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune Updated: May 8, 2012 – 12:19 AM

    The exhaustive debate has reached the point of no return; make a decision and move on.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150529295.html

  43. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Key provisions, changes to stadium plan
    Updated: May 8, 2012 – 7:01 AM

    STADIUM STATUS

    The Minnesota House passed the stadium bill crafted by Gov. Mark Dayton, key GOP legislators and the Vikings. The $1 billion roofed stadium would be built at the Metrodome site.

    Updated

    House changes to the Vikings stadium-charitable gambling bill on Monday include:

    • Increasing the team’s contribution by $105 million and decreasing the state’s contribution by the same amount.

    • Protecting state and city from cost overruns.

    • Sharing revenues from sale of naming rights to stadium.

    • Increasing term of lease from 30 to 40 years.

    • Increasing amount team must pay the state if it sells after the stadium is built.

    New payment plan

    Revised construction cost breakdown as proposed by House:

    Vikings: $532 million (was $427 million).

    State: $293 million (was $398 million).

    Minneapolis: $150 million.

    What’s next: The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. If passed, the two bills will go to conference committee and then back to the House and Senate for final passage. That bill then will go to Dayton for his signature.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150531205.html

  44. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What people are saying about stadium vote

    Video by: Matt Gillmer and David Brewster Updated: May 8, 2012 – 12:29 AM

    From around the Twin Cities, people share their thoughts on the Viking stadium debate as Monday’s vote looms at the Capitol.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150314805.html

  45. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    HOW THEY VOTED
    Rep. Party Dist. Y/N

    Jim Abeler GOP 48B Y

    Susan Allen DFL 61B N

    Paul Anderson GOP 13A Y

    Diane Anderson GOP 38A N

    Bruce Anderson GOP 19A N

    Sarah Anderson GOP 43A N

    Tom Anzelc DFL 03A Y

    Joe Atkins DFL 39B Y

    King Banaian GOP 15B N

    Bob Barrett GOP 17B N

    Michael Beard GOP 35A Y

    John Benson DFL 43B Y

    Mike Benson GOP 30B N

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  46. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Kurt Bills GOP 37B N Kathy Brynaert DFL 23B Y

    Mark Buesgens GOP 35B N

    Lyndon Carlson, Sr. DFL 45B N

    Bobby Joe Champion DFL 58B Y

    Karen Clark DFL 61A N

    Tony Cornish GOP 24B Y Roger Crawford GOP 08B N

    Kurt Daudt GOP 17A N

    Greg Davids GOP 31B Y

    Jim Davnie DFL 62A N

    Matt Dean GOP 52B N

    Bob Dettmer GOP 52A N

    David Dill DFL 06A Y

    Denise Dittrich DFL 47A Y

    Connie Doepke GOP 33B Y

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  47. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Connie Doepke GOP 33B Y

    Keith Downey GOP 41A N

    Steve Drazkowski GOP 28B N

    Kent Eken DFL 02A Y

    Sondra Erickson GOP 16A N

    Dan Fabian GOP 01A Y

    Andrew Falk DFL 20A N

    Mary Franson GOP 11B N

    Patti Fritz DFL 26B Y

    Pat Garofalo GOP 36B Y

    Kerry Gauthier DFL 07B Y

    Steve Gottwalt GOP 15A Y

    Marion Greene DFL 60A N

    Mindy Greiling DFL 54A N

    Glenn Gruenhagen GOP 25A N

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  48. By billbobagons1 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I think there are things that should not matter what politacal party you are for that just must be done. The Viking stadium is one of these things that just must be done. If yoy are a dem it is easy to spend money if you are a rep look at it as a money maker for jobs and also getting as many big money events to be held there as you can and help out so many businesses and people. When times are tuff this is such a big way for people to forget about things when they are watching the Vikings their team!!!!

  49. By minne on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Jim Abeler, I know him!! hahaha

  50. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Bob G-u-n-t-h-e-r GOP 24A Y

    Tom Hackbarth GOP 48A N

    Rod Hamilton GOP 22B Y

    David H-a-n-c-o-c-k GOP 02B N

    Rick Hansen DFL 39A N

    Alice Hausman DFL 66B N

    Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B Y

    Bill Hilty DFL 08A Y

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  51. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Mary Liz Holberg GOP 36A N

    Joe Hoppe GOP 34B Y

    Frank Hornstein DFL 60B N

    Melissa Hortman DFL 47B Y

    Larry Hosch DFL 14B Y

    Larry Howes GOP 04B Y

    Thomas Huntley DFL 07A Y

    Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B Y

    Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B N

    Kory Kath DFL 26A Y

    Tim Kelly GOP 28A Y

    Andrea Kieffer GOP 56B N

    Deb Kiel GOP 01B Y

    Mary Kiffmeyer GOP 16B N

    Kate Knuth DFL 50B Y

    John Kriesel GOP 57A Y

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  52. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Carolyn Laine DFL 50A N

    Morrie Lanning GOP 09A Y

    Ernie Leidiger GOP 34A N

    Mike LeMieur GOP 12B Y

    Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B N

    John Lesch DFL 66A Y

    Tina Liebling DFL 30A N

    Leon Lillie DFL 55A Y

    Diane Loeffler DFL 59A N

    Kathy Lohmer GOP 56A N

    Jenifer Loon GOP 42B N

    Tara Mack GOP 37A N

    Tim Mahoney DFL 67A Y

    Carlos Mariani DFL 65B Y

    Paul Marquart DFL 09B Y

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  53. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Continued

    Tom Tillberry DFL 51B Y

    Paul Torkelson GOP 21B Y

    Dean Urdahl GOP 18B Y

    Bruce Vogel GOP 13B Y

    Jean Wagenius DFL 62B N

    John Ward DFL 12A Y

    Doug Wardlow GOP 38B N

    Torrey Westrom GOP 11A Y

    Ryan Winkler DFL 44B Y

    Kelby Woodard GOP 25B Y

    Kurt Zellers GOP 32B N

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150544035.html

  54. By tdurfeightyeight on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    So once again i was right,,,i guess the sky is not falling…Hey DRS the Vikings are going to stay? What are you going to do now? All you maroons that said i didn’t know what i was talking about…How does the pie taste?

  55. By minne on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    This is one phase and has 5 more votes to pass, don’t count your eggs before they hatch… Senate, from what I understand, has a lot of question marks as far as people being on the fence with what way they are going to vote.

  56. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    No one party was for and no one party was opposed to the stadium, so do not be party blind, learn before you vote someone in or out.

  57. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight it is not over yet, there is the senate, then they have to reconcile the bills, then it has to go to the Governor, then the Vikings have to accept what the Government has produced, so do not count you chicken be for the eggs have hatched. I will be very happy when and if this gets all done and the works begins.

  58. By tdurfeightyeight on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    yeah whatever…they will not move!

  59. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Door is open for Harrison Smith, Robert Blanton to be safety starters
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Frazier, Ryan Longwell Updated: May 4, 2012 – 2:32 PM

    The Vikings’ rookie mini-camp began today at Winter Park. Here’s a trio of notes following the morning session.

    IRISH EYES

    During the team session Friday morning, Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton each were on the first-unit at safety. That’s hardly a surprise at rookie mini-camp given the Vikings used the 29th overall pick on Smith and pick No. 139 on Blanton. But it also won’t be entirely shocking if the Notre Dame teammates are the starting safeties Sept. 9 when the 2012 season opens. Smith has an inside track on a starting spot. And Blanton could fight his way into the mix, likely needing to show he can outplay Jamarca Sanford and Mistral Raymond, the duo that started together for the final five games of 2011.

    “If you take a look at where we ended the season at the safety position, it’s open competition,” head coach Leslie Frazier said. “Those guys returning are good players. But we want to really have an open competition.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/150209375.html

  60. By minne on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What is keeping them here?

  61. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight, Keep the faith my man, the Lakers fans believed and so did the North Stars fans.

  62. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That their teams would never move.

  63. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I will believe when the shovels hit the dirt, until then I will keep worrying and hoping that Minnesota will do the correct thing this time.

  64. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go, have fun and God Bless you all.

  65. By minne on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I too keep the faith tdurfeightyeight, but do not let undermind the situation. At the end of the day, the ownership doesn’t care about the people of Minnesota. Regardless of what they say, they are in this to make money any way and any where they can, be it in Minnesota or selling to LA.

  66. By tdurfeightyeight on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The majority of Vikings bloggers asked “Hey comissioner Goodell,what are the chances that the Vikings move out of Minnesota?”…and Rog replies “Oh about one in a million.”… “So what you’re telling us is???”

  67. By minne on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    True, but utimately Goodell does not have control over how our Government votes. He can pressure them, but cannot cast their vote for them.

  68. By snookman on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    come on senate, keep the vikes in minny, i been a viking fan 40 yrs. this dont sound right- LA VIKINGS RU KIDDING ME

  69. By tdurfeightyeight on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I wish they would move to Cali…2 hrs. away from where i live…but it will not happen…figure it out for yourselves,i don’t have the time to explain to you bloggers…and if i did,you still wouldn’t be able to comprehend it.

  70. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Couple of things that some need to realize the Vikings have complied with all the requirements to either sell or move the team. If a stadium deal isn’t done, the NFL will approve a sale, a sale with right to move, or request to move. This is what Goodell has said all along. The NFL doesn’t want the Vikings to move, but without a new stadium deal it will happen. The only way the state of MN protects themselves from losing the Vikings is passing a stadium deal. This will force the Wilfs to comply with the deal or sell the team to someone who will. The moving part is off the table as the State has a new Stadium deal in place. There is a penalty to moving the team. The name Vikings is permenantly retired as the Oilers have been. This would kill millions of dollars of franchising money. That alone would probably cover the 105M additional that the Wilfs need to come with to cover stadium costs.

  71. By NorCal Purps on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Just keep pushing these doucheboxes forward, and we will succeed.

  72. By Frederick Jones on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS,

    I called the H A N C O C K dude, one of the things I told him is that his name is unlikely to be forgotten for obvious reasons. So what does he do, he votes NO again!!

  73. By Thevikes07 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    is there any live stream on stadium debate?

  74. By Cody C on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone have a link to view the current debate

  75. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Here is what I would look for if the senate should pass their version of the stadium bill today…And the bill goes to “conference committee”…

    Going into committee…

    Vikings want all the the “naming rights” revenue…
    State wants 50% of naming rights revenue…

    After conference committee…
    Negotiations has the Vikings contributing 2 million a year of the money they receive for “naming rights”…Being a flat rate..That will not increase over the time of the lease period…That lease period being negotiated also..

    Going into committee…

    Vikings want a 30 yr lease…
    The state wants a 40 yr lease…

    After conference committee…
    Negotiations has the Vikings organization willing to sign a 35 yr lease…

    State is looking for another 105 million added to the Vikings portion of building the stadium costs…
    Vikings have committed all they intend too with the 427 million already…

    After conference committee…

    Vikings are willing (after heavy deliberations in conference committee behind closed doors) to pay 2 million a year over the adjusted 35 yr period of the lease…Amounting to a total of 70 million more dollars from the Vikings…Over the total duration of the 35 yr lease…Being a fixed rate of 2 million dollars a year from the “naming right” funds collected yearly…

    Vikings total contribution would be just over 500 million in this scenario…

    And should be very fair for both the Vikings and Minnesota tax payers…

    That is what my best guess would be…IF ??…The bill should pass the senate today…And get to “conference committee”…

    GET THIS DEAL DONE !!!…

    It is very close…But needs a little give and take from both sides yet…But VERY doable…

  76. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Senate is in recess until 11:20 am… But here is the link…

    http://www.startribune.com/video/134611338.html#sfcri

  77. By Thevikes07 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Link dont even work sir.

  78. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Try this link then…

    http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/media/

  79. By iaVIKE on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Quit runnin your mouth tdurf. All you do is come on here talkin about how you’re “always right, and how you called all of this”. It’s a pretty natural reaction for Vikes fans to be upset and worried that there is a possibility that our team might pack up and go. Pretty sure im not the only one that’s happy you live in Cali and not here, and if it doesn’t work out for you there, i bet Wisconsin would be a good fit for ya (you sound more like a packer fan). Stop coming on here and actin like you’re this all mighty, smart, southern Californian and we’re just a bunch of p1ss on bloggers.

  80. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    First link worked for me. But it’s 11:30 and the chamber is empty. No wonder they can’t get anything done.

  81. By lilwildwolf21 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Minnesota Government officials need to realize is that the revenue that they are making on the Vikings cannot and may never be made up with another football team or with the T-wolves and the Wild. The Vikings and the Twins are the two teams that are making a lot of revenue for Minnesota. You take out the Vikings and the Twins (especially with the way they are playing now) will not make up for that lost. Putting that much more pressure on the T-Wolves and the Wild to make up for that lost revenue. However, the T-wolves are wanting a new stadium as well, but instead were told to renovate the Target Center. If Minnesota was to lose the Vikings to another city there will be a huge void that may never be refilled for many many many years to come. It is in the best interest of the Minnesota Government officials to pass the bill for a new Vikings stadium. However, with the ways things are going and how stupid some Government officials are. Minnesota might be hurting for a while. This is a make or break time for Minnesota, if this bill does not past Minnesota will see more debt then they ever have before and will have a hard time getting out of the red because of it.

  82. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    turd.y eightyeight-
    stay the h3ll in california. You are not a TRU Viking.

  83. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    right on iaVIKE

  84. By Twoods on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Told you it would get done no problem

  85. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Not so fast, Twoods…..this must:
    Get thru Senate
    If it does, then goes to some type of committe for a vote
    then Gov to sign .

  86. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Kudos to DRS for blogging the votes

  87. By Twoods on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    It was never not going to get passed and you guys were all worried

  88. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Twoods-
    The Vikings have said the the bill, as passed is unworkable……what makes you so sure that everything is clear sailing?

  89. By hognuts on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    My Senator just emailed me back. He said he plans on voting YES unless some drastic changes are made to the bill. He’s got my vote in November!!

  90. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    My senator is a yes vote also… : )

  91. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    tdurf is a Minnesotan– he is originally from Duluth — so settle down. No need for name-calling.

  92. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    where is the list of votes. My district is under Ron Latz– what was his vote?

  93. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    65,000 seats– barely bigger than the dome– so in the next 20 years, with the metro expected to add another million residents, the stadium will already be old.

  94. By iaVIKE on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    If you, as a long time, concerned Viking fan that wrote an impressive letter to your senator about the importance of getting this stadium built, are backing up someone that said things like “you chicken littles” and “figure it out for yourselves,i don’t have the time to explain to you bloggers…and if i did,you still wouldn’t be able to comprehend it.
    ” Then i have lost a lot of respect for you, Titus

  95. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Iowa Vike, I did not see all the comments. But you can respect me for taking the high road and not returning insult for insult. Besides, I have family in Iowa– where are you at?

  96. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus…We were talking vocal support of the stadium bill from our senators…Unless there are mojor changes to the bill…

    No vote yet…

  97. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oh. I cannot stomach watching more of this live feed after last night– although there were a few sharper knives in the drawer.

  98. By Odin's Raven on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    After last nights debate the pit in my stomach has shrunk a tiny bit but I’m with DRS. I will stop worrying when the shovels hit the ground. If the Vikings aka the Wilfs put up over half the funds for the stadium wouldn’t they get the majority of the revenue made at the stadium? Or am I mistaken?

  99. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Listening to the senate now…Still not on the stadium bill…

    Time to get some other stuff done now…Check back soon..

    Later all…Go Vikings…

  100. By iaVIKE on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Which you usually do, that’s why when i see “By Titus” i always read what is written underneath it, because it 99% of the time will be something that i agree with, and or respect because it’s fair. Originally Iowa City/Cedar Rapids. Currently in Mankato though

  101. By Lance on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828f2bbc/article/minnesota-vikings-stadium-bill-not-workable-team-says?module=HP11_headline_stack

    well I guess the vikings are saying heck no to the 105 mill

  102. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Cannot blame the team– that is a huge increase without consulting them.
    Iowa Vike– my car is from Cedar Rapids. The model, color I wanted was at a dealer there and they brought it up here.

  103. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The house stadium bill is not the final bill…

    The senate has to pass its (own version) of the stadium bill…

    Then both the house and senates version of the stadium bill goes to the conference committee….A panel that includes the Vikings and a panel of politicians…They hash out the frame work of a final drat to the stadium bill they can both agree too…(Or not)…

    If the Vikings and politicians agree to the changes they come up with…

    Then the bill goes back to the house and senate floors AGAIN for the final vote…From both the house and senate…

    Then the stadium bill goes in front of Governor Dayton to see if he will sign the bill…

  104. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    So is this stadium going to be indoors?

  105. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    final *draft

  106. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    No Spencer the stadium will not be indoors. It will be freestanding.

  107. By dumber on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    ANYONE ON THIS BLOG TURNING THEIR NOSES UP AT $285,000,000.00?
    Time for Fred to play and post, “You can’t always get what you want.” Greed is like a cancer, unwittingly destroying it’s host. The NFL wants this market, time to economise on the dreams and desires.

  108. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    There will be a roof…If it goes through…yes..

  109. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Did you know that the last Sunday/Monday night game we won was Week 4 against the Packers…in 2009?

    Thats crazy.

  110. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I did hear the one senator read the provision there can be a retractable roof, but the funding must come from the team.

  111. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, how I wish we played in the snow again.

  112. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if the players would enjoy playing in the snow.

  113. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else notice in the house vote lists that DRS posted above…

    Almost all the “no votes” came from women…

  114. By Palmer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    It’s great to see progress. I would be lost without my Vikes!!

  115. By DZ on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wouldn’t we save some cash if the stadium was outdoor? Why does this place have to be such a palace? We need something more like Lambeau.

  116. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    OT- Women should have no vote in this, the only ‘court’ they should be working in is a food court.

  117. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you are single, aren’t you?

  118. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, that was just my lame attempt at humor.

  119. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Just thought it was an interesting…No knock on anybody….

  120. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I mean no Titus…I thought you said something else.

  121. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer we only won 9 games in the past two years.

  122. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Just received an email from Zellers- an obvious form letter.

  123. By charliewest#40 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Well guys, I can’t help but say that we WILL get a stadium. After listening to senators such as John Marty who is against the bill it seems as though even he talks as though getting a stadium is a foregone conclusion. It seems like the details of negotiating $105 million cost burden is doable one way or the other.

    Lets get a vote !

  124. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Key here is to get the deal passed. If it includes an addition 105M then the Wilfs will have to deal with it. The State fulfilled it’s obliigation to the NFL getting a stadium deal done. I can’t see the owners voting for a move with just a 105M increase. It would cost that amount in franchizing to retire the Vikings Name and Logo.

  125. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B, just a $105 Million? Who are you, Carlos Slim?

  126. By PTviking on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone watching the debate?

    MN Senate pas.ses amendment requiring Mpls referendum to build a Vikings stadium. The latest obstacle Vikings will fight in conference comm.

  127. By Griz on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Come on Viking Fans Flood The Capital . I Retire 2016 and I plan on Flying My Family down there for the first game in the new Stadium. I have been a Viking Fan for 45 Years. If they leave i will never watch the NFL again .Just college

  128. By Frederick Jones on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    @dumber,

    Frederick L. Jones is bored with the stadium issue. I am happy that we are one step closer to getting a stadium.

    Can you imagine if it took this long to buy a house or a car? :_

  129. By Thevikes07 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    whats the link to that stadium debate?

  130. By PTviking on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/video/134611338.html#sfcri

  131. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    My ranking of the defense.

    1. Jared Allen
    2. Chad Greenway
    3. Chris Cook
    4. Kevin Williams
    5. Everson Griffin
    6. Brian Robison
    7. Erin Henderson
    8. Antoine Winfield
    9. Harrison Smith
    10. Mistral Raymond
    11. Jasper Brinkley

  132. By firechildress on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hey guys, I’m back! Only the old timers like Frederick Jones and Titus should remember me. Anyway, lets get this bill done!

  133. By firechildress on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Possibly DRS too…

  134. By ozzinator on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Is that really you firechildress?
    And I thought it was firedchildress……..

  135. By eivihm on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, im watching the livestream from norway, can someone please explain to me wtf is going on? your politics does not make sense to me at all… which ammendment is the actual killer/saver for the stadium???

    Norviking

  136. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Eivihm, there are a few that might kill the bill, but none that will really save it. As long as the changes aren’t that great, it should pass. If you’re confused listen to what Rosen says, she was one of the authors of the bill. If she supports an amendment, it is probably a good one, if she doesn’t say anything, it porbably doesn’t matter, if she dislikes it, it’ll probably hurt the bill.

  137. By eivihm on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    aha, thank you very much, byrocracy is hard:P

  138. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    How much would it cost to have a retractable roof?

  139. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Firechildress, you and I were usually of the same mindset.

  140. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    At one point in the debate ( when they were talking about racino) the guy who proposed the amendment said that it would add an extra $50 million for a retractable roof. So I’m assuming it would cost $50 million.

  141. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    KoN that seems way too low–

  142. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome back FireChildress! You need a new name– like HelpFrazier.

  143. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Its never to early for a FireFrazier tho…

  144. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, wash your mouth out!

  145. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Im neither for nor against Leslie.

  146. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That’s what they said Titus, but then again they are politicians, some of them also think that we can make the team publicly owned even though they have been told multiple times that the NFL prohibits it.

  147. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, there is no neutral ground in life– you gotta serve somebody!!!

  148. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    From Firechildress to BrazierFrazier.

  149. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Leslie is a great DC, but hes just not that good of a HC.

  150. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Well, KoN if it is 105M more from the Vikes the house wants, maybe there can be a deal where they cough up half that– and put in a retractable roof. Hopefully some where this comes up– and then keep that roof open no matter what the weather during the NFL games. Blast in arctic air like some believe we blast in noise.

  151. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly don’t care whether or not the stadium is open, and if not being open helps it pass, then so be it.

  152. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What do you guys feed your female politicians?

  153. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Footb@lls?

  154. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    A retractable roof would be pointless. I believe theres a rule that says if the temperature is 50* or lower at kickoff then the roof must be closed.

    So the roof would always be closed, just like the RCA retractable stadium in Indy.

  155. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    retractable roof would only be bought if they get MLS

  156. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nova we give our ladies beef

  157. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, the retractable roof could be put to good use for other attractions, such as concerts.

  158. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B., nothing wrong with that, just not an entire side at one sitting !

  159. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    lol

  160. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Rosen is kinda hot

  161. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Back in the day she would have been sweet.

  162. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I thought it was up to the home team to determine the rules of when the roof would be open.

  163. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    back in the day sounds like a band.

  164. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    sounds like a NFL Rule there Titus

  165. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like a dating corollary for you Mike B.

  166. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    funny stuff
    I thought firchildress was going to come back as FireFraizer

  167. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you’re wrong again….The home team must decide whether the roof will be open or closed during game play at least 90 minutes before kickoff. If the game begins with the roof closed, the roof must remain closed for the entire game. If during the game, officials close the roof due to adverse or changing weather conditions, officials cannot reopen the roof and it must remain closed for the rest of the game. These rules apply to all preseason and regular season games….NFL Rulebook.

  168. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That’s what I just said Nova– Spencer is the oddball here.

  169. By eivihm on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    are we winning in senate? seems like rosen gets it her way in almost all the votes

  170. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Not just there.

  171. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wilf Soccer deal is killed

  172. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    keeping my fingers crossed……..these politicians are laughable

  173. By eivihm on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    can someone tell me if its going well or not?

  174. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    the sweet part of the bill for The Wilfs have been taken out just passing the stadium bill to keep the vikings in MN is left

  175. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    It’s going to pass but the Wilfs won’t like it.

  176. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    If its cold, windy, sleeting or snowing- the roof will be closed.

  177. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Spencer that part is right

  178. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, if the intention is to have a roof to satisfy all the other participants who will use the stadium, but the Vikings desire an open air stadium, there is no reason to believe we cannot have a rule that during the NFL games, the stadium will always be open. I suppose we would have to have about 300 hours of debating in the house and senate to decide on that, but it could happen.

  179. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    But then under NFL Rules the officating crew could close the roof

  180. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    well, as Nova poited out a few blog sites ago, an ope roof would hold more impaled politicians

  181. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    open, not ope nor opie

  182. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B., I believe that “Officials” in the above rule refers to the “Hometown Officials”, the Viking brass.

  183. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    pointed, not poited…….haha.

  184. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, while an open roof WOULD hold more impaled politicians, the environmentalists would get into the act by saying the stench could have been contained by having a roof.

  185. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, it doesn’t matter, all refs hate the Vikes.

  186. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    And debate THAT for eons.

  187. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- w could counter with “an open roof facilitates NATURAL decomposition of organic waste….

  188. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    NO Fireworks for MN have to come ot SDakota and take it back over

  189. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    we could always fill it with water…

  190. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Feed the sharks…..they’re hungry too.

  191. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    He didn’t get his sweet soccer deal the retractable roof is off the table.

  192. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer……

  193. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I see the Vikings staying in MN but Wilfs selling the team to someone that will want to accept the Stadium deal. All the sweet parts are being gutted out.

  194. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    If we lose the Vikings because of a soccer team, we might as well all move to Europe or South America and worship guys named “KAKA”.

  195. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    And then commit mass suicide.

  196. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    If wilfs sell the team, I doubt the new buyer will be in MN. LA is waitng with 2 buyers.

  197. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The retractable roof was only on the table if the Wilfs could get no stadium rent for 5 years for a soccer team.

  198. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I like soccer- to play it. Just like golf or bowling– I enjoy it occasionally, but I cannot sit and watch any of these for more than two minutes.

  199. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Wilfs have said repeatedly, they will not move the team, but they will sell the team to someone who could…….if they do not get the deal that they like.

  200. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    See what the state is doing is satisfying the NFL requirement to keep the team from moving by providing a valid stadium deal. and they are saying d@mn the Wilfs.

  201. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What is wrong with these politicans? It’s like going to a restaurant, ordering eggs and bacon, but by the time it arrives it’s a chicken and a pork chop.

  202. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    agreed Titus…not excatly gripping to watch…..

  203. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    exactly…….darn it

  204. By Spencer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer is so incredibly boring..

  205. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    There’s nothing quite like like watching a rousing 0-0 soccer “draw”…..unless you count overdosing on prescription sedatives.

  206. By Lance on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828f5e7b/article/exredskins-lb-rocky-mcintosh-tries-out-with-vikings?module=HP11_headline_stack

    anyone know this player? he any good?

  207. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    who in their right mind would buy this team and try to keep it in MN?
    Red McCombs tried to get a stadium deal done as well, he finally gave up. Wilfs are not stupid, unlike the MN politicians…

  208. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    They are forcing the NFL to stand by their agreement to keep the Vikings in MN by providing a Stadium Bill, but telling the Wilfs you can accept the deal or find someone that wants to Own the vikings in MN to take the deal.

  209. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova!

  210. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B.
    If the Wilfs sell, they are not under ANY obligation to sell to an owner to keep the team in MN. The NFL could simply say the third condition for moving the team has been met, i.e. unfavorable busoiness/political climate

  211. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    ” Did you watch Manchester City and Manchester United in that nil-nil draw last night” ?……’No, my power was out so I swallowed a case of Quaaludes instead”.

  212. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    LOL..no, I decided to watch my fingernails grow……

  213. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Remember a majority of NFL owners must approve of a team moving. So in this case the State of MN providing a Valid stadium bill will force the NFL to keep the Franchise in MN reguardless of how sweet the deal is or isn’t.

  214. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the majority of NFL owners are already on board with the Wilfs…..Why on God’s green earth would they choose to align themselves with MN politcal morons?

  215. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    No Arden Hills or Racino

  216. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The requirement that Goodell gave state of MN was to get a valid Stadium Bill passed and they are doing just that. Additional funds required by private sources and no sweet soccer deal.

  217. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the MN politcal geniuses are simply offering insane amendments cuz they don’t have the guts to face their angry constituents if they simply vote no.

  218. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Valid? NFL Lawyers would have a field day with that, Mike B did you hear some of the IDIOTIC amendemnts last nite?

  219. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    yes I did most got beat like a big dog

  220. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I, so ans so legislator from district blah blah, propse that the stadium bill be amended to include only have games played on select national holidays of
    Bora Bora

  221. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Heard this one today…..A guy says to his buddy..” I just got a brand-new hearing-aid, cost me ten thousand bucks” !!……(Friend)….” WOW, TEN GRAND???…What kind is it”??….(Guy)……”a quarter to eight”.

  222. By Zac g on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    kinda like the mcintosh idea..would add good competition an depth.

  223. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Rocksalt MN legislature is playing with fire here have to see how it comes out of conference committee.

  224. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA……

  225. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I hope well, Mike B……

  226. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Rocky McIntosh was a very solid LB for a very good Redskins D.

  227. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    or hows about this classic from Rodney Dangerfield:
    I gotta great doctor………he is the best in the world……….I go in to see him an he says well, it doesn’t look good….you only have six months to live……
    He hands me the bill…….I say Doc, I can’t afford to pay thi!
    He says well, I’ll give you another six months…

  228. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    yup, he did not fit the redskins change from 4-3 to 3-4

  229. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    …..Or the wife who is complaining about constant chest pains, goes to the doctor to get checked up…..She comes home, hubby is in his Lazy-Boy, having a beer. He says ” How did it go at the doctor’s”?… She says..” He says I have acute angina”…(Husband)….”Your bo0bs aren’t too bad either”.

  230. By Rocksalt on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    :-D

  231. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Senate just passed an amendment to add a user fee of 9.98% for 4 years and was passed as 34 yeas and 33 nays. Talk about a narrow margin vote!!

  232. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    NOw they have the stadium funded with user fees

  233. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Right now the entire Viking Cheerleader squad should walk out into the chamber wearing negligees and offer all the male politicians their phone #s.

  234. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    By the looks of them, some of the female politicians might go for that too.

  235. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA HA funny stuff tonight.

  236. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    So this old man goes to the doctor and says he complains he is having bowel movements every morning at 7am– big healthy movements. The doctor looks at his long time patient and says, “Well, you are regular, that is good.” And the patient says, “Yeah, but I don’t get up till 9.”

  237. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    HHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!! TITUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  238. By Odin's Raven on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That Senator with his fu fu dust should have it shoved up his fu fu @ss!!!

  239. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Not looking good right now at all…

    Bad news going on now…

  240. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oh oh– what’s going on?

  241. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like LA Vikings right now…

    Keep talking dumb @ss !!…: (

  242. By Zac g on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Grrrrrrr…who is this 3 thousand suite comment towards lol

  243. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Turn it on….It is falling apart …Big time…

  244. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t listen to these lying, @ss-ki$$ing, overpaid, pompous, egotistical, mumbling, stumbling,semi-literate, mouth-breathing,hypocritical, bottom-feeding, aborted eel-eating, swamp-dwelling, packer-praising, cousin-fornicating excuses for human beings any more.

  245. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s going on OTK, I just turned it on and it doesn’t seem like anything is wrong.

  246. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oh oh

  247. By Zac g on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    was that a good nay?

  248. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Stadium bill still breathing…But not sure how long ???…

    These politicians are something…

  249. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know Zac. As I understand it, it got rid of the user fees (a good thing), but probably p i s s e d off at least a few senators.

  250. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That was a VERY good nay !!!…

  251. By Zac g on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    thought so got confusing there for a sec..GO VIKES!

  252. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    These women want everything but a stadium…

  253. By getitdone on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    when is the vote on the bill taking place?

  254. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the difference between politicians and Lab rats?..Some people like Lab rats.

  255. By hognuts on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    This is ridiculous.

  256. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    KoN…

    Exactly….Senators are ticked off now…But have no reason to be…

    Gaming with eletro pull tabs is the bill for paying for the stadium…Not user fees…

    These politicians are making this bill personal…And they shouldn’t be…

  257. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the difference between politicians and ho0kers?…Ho0kers tell you the real price before they scr3w you.

  258. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the difference between a politician and a 2000 lb bag of ratsh1t?…..About 1820 lbs.

  259. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    So true, Nova, so true.

  260. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That lady has issues.

  261. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Dapper Don has the mike now. If only he could speak as well as he is tailored.

  262. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Alright, ENOUGH with the d@rn user fees.

  263. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nova…Keep the jokes coming…

    I needed a good laugh !!… : )

  264. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the difference between politicians and paperweights? Paperwights occasionally serve their intended purpose.

  265. By vikings4seven on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    This is a done deal and has been for months now! Pretty simple, Wilfs are not going to pony up another 100 million towards this stadium or it would have already happened. THEY ARE HISTORY IN MINNESOTA!

  266. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    More user fee talks ??…

    Why not grind some more salt into the wound !!!

  267. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Look at these people– that lady is in the background yapping to someone while the other senator is speaking– do they even listen to each other? What is the point of all this yacking?

  268. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What do you call it when a 50-seat bus with 40 politicians on it goes off the road into the mouth of a volcano?…..A waste of ten seats.

  269. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    she gambles at McDonald’s

  270. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Of course they don’t listen Titus, they just like to press the pretty red and green buttons.

  271. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Q: What’s the difference between a Democrat and a trampoline?
    A: You take off your shoes before you jump on a trampoline.

  272. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Why did they have a bucket of sh1t at Alice Hausman’s wedding?….To keep the flies off the bride.

  273. By VikesfaninCA on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I live in CA and I have been a Vikings fan my whole life… I don’t want the Vikings to come to CA, they need to stay in Minnesota!

  274. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    this woman needs a cheeseburger

  275. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    WTF does this have do with the stadium ???

  276. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    aww come on kids are c0ck blocks

  277. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    (22 year old Daughter, to Parents)…..” Mom, Dad, I think you should know, I’m a prost1tute”…..(Parents)….”Thank God, we thought you were running for office”.

  278. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The women sure don’t want to talk about stadiums…

  279. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    That was profound– children are people too.

  280. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I propose adding an elementary school to the new stadium, preferably in the middle of the field.

  281. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I’m gonna punch John Marty in the face.

  282. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    anyone else wish they could shoot him in the face ???

  283. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, I was thinking the same thing Titus. Especially as it pertains to the People’s Stadium.

  284. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Have to agree with some of his points.

  285. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Marty is a fool…

    Plain and simple..

  286. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    He forgets the Vikes have asked for a stadium for over a decade– keep it real, please.

  287. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    See what I mean…The weasel is making it personal !!!

  288. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    John Marty just said ” I heard Wilf just bought a new penthouse for $19 million cash, and that’s fine; he’s a wealthy man. My only concern is that our constituents have to pay for it.”

  289. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sure he was talking about the stadium, but it still sounds stupid.

  290. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    KoN, I believe he was making a subtle point– we pay for the stadium where Wilf makes a lot of money– and thus we pay for his condo.

  291. By NovaScotiaVike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the difference between lab rats and politicians (part 2)?…..There are some things a lab rat won’t do.

  292. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    ok … he didnt fool me … i know he doesnt know what an algorithm is

  293. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hann…Everyone knows you don’t like gambling…

    No one cares !!!….Enough already…

  294. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hmm, these guys make some good points.

  295. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    They are not against the stadium or the Vikings– they are against the method of funding.

  296. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … I agree. Once the Women stopped yapping the last 2 guys made some good points

  297. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sure he was Titus, but that doesn’t make it sound any less stupid. By helping to build a publicly-owned stadium that the Vikings will lease for a portion of the year, Marty’s constituents are buying Zygi a new penthouse.

  298. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Marty was playing on the anger toward the one percent–

  299. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    IS THIS LADY CRYING????

    GET OVER IT YOU ARE A FREAKING POLITICIAN!!!!

  300. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    KoN– I was wondering if someone would come over with a box of tissues.

  301. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus…

    People gamble and buy fireworks…

    Why let Wisonsin and other states gain that MAJOR revenue…

    You won’t stop gaming types of gambling or fireworks…

    It goes on right next door in Wisconsin…

  302. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Yea the Wilfs have agreed to pay 13 million a year for a lease and they said 26 million a year from income taxes …. and MN will not be able to make up a direct 39 million in revenue

  303. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, personally, I actually favor user fees. I think that it is fair for those who use the new stadium to pay for it; not specifically the Vikings or their fans, just anyone who uses the stadium. However, to implement them now would kill the bill and the chances of the Vikes staying here and these politicians know it.

  304. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    OT– just because I cannot stop an activity does not mean I have to support or promote it.

  305. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    sounds like a bad dad

  306. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    This guy is good.

  307. By pennstatevike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    To all u politicians from Minnesota…I live in Big 10 country and i think it would be totally crazy if u guys let the vikes go!……… Mn.,Ia.,Mi.,Oh.,Pa.,Wi.,In.,Ill..,Ne., If that aint football, I’ll kiss ur a$$! C’mon man! whose next on the list? The Gophers or the Twins!!!!

  308. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Get that woman a kleenex!

  309. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    i dont agree Titus I hear and view him as a liar … hes against government involvement yet hes for denying freedoms … its not his job to protect gamblers. and i know he didnt “forget” his purple tie … he lied

  310. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    wow shes a liar … its not the most expensive stadium in the country

  311. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    he was not lying– it was obvious he was being facetious

  312. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    lol she is a small town dip sh1t …. LA doesnt care if they are broke

  313. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Oh oh— let’s not be so elaborate– that is what they did in 1980 and the Metrodome was cr.ap within 2 years.

  314. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, no need to call names– what is wrong with a small town?

  315. By pennstatevike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    and dont no one start wise-crackin on Joe Pa or I”ll turn into statepennvike!!!

  316. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn– she mentioned not to send threatening emails– she was looking at you.

  317. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, “I don’t know that we need the first or second or third best stadium, they should be happy with a lot less than that.” Let’s keep our state mediocre, there is no reason to be the best at anything.

  318. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    But why let Wisconsin tax payers take advantage of Minnesota tax payers good ethics ?

    Just an opinion here…

    I see a great deal of money spent on games in Wisonsin…And Minnesota tax payers putting Minnesota natives through treatment centers and hospitals with gambling problems after they spend all their money playing gambling video games in Wisconsin…

    There is no right ideas for gambling…But some states are taking advantage right now…And have for years…I just think Minnesota needs to even the playing field…Because Wisconsin isn’t going to shut down their gambling revenues…Because they are making a killing off of Minnesota natives…

  319. By vikesfan5.0 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    What kinda (good) person even wants to be a politician???

  320. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … I didnt threaten. Threatening is illegal.

    Its nice to finally hear a Viking fan talk

  321. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    KoN– I told you guys earlier– I was worried that mentality would come out– deja vu– Metordome all over– let’s go cheap.

  322. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, I didn’t know Alec Baldwin was in the Minnesota Senate.

  323. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I also didnt say there was something wrong with small town people I specifically said she was a dip sh1t … from a small town …. because small town people have no clue of big city reality.

    I came from a small town and had some culture shock when I went to las vegas which is small town compared to LA

  324. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I LIKE HER !!!!!!!!!!!

  325. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Ah– the woman in red has common sense.

  326. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know who just talked, but thank you for putting down the “subsidizing a billionaire” idea.

  327. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The lady with the building in Rochester– common sense.

  328. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    My prediction to the vote: 42 yea 23 nay.

  329. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    here comes the vote…

  330. By pennstatevike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously tho…..why cant someone reliable just post us vike fans a number and let it be called ” Viking Stadium” we could all chip in 5, 10, 20,…whatever. How bout it Wilf?

  331. By vikesfan5.0 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    The reality that big cities suck is more like it my friend

  332. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Yes It’s Passed

  333. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

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  334. By Thevikes07 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    what bill did they just passed?

  335. By Eric The Red on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ACCESS DENIED for reconsidering, Idiot politicians!!!!!

  336. By Original Shawn on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I loved Vegas … way better than small town home. The ONLY AND I MEAN ONLY thing I didnt like was traffic

  337. By hognuts on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    YES IT DID!!!

  338. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Guys, we should thank Nienow, now we get to celebrate the passing of the bill twice.

  339. By hognuts on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    38-28

  340. By pennstatevike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    nice game……Vikes-38 D-heads-28

  341. By KoN on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 2-0 A bunch of stupid politicians mixed with a few who actually have legitimate concerns.

  342. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nice Vote now conference committee

  343. By DRS on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    the bill passed the senate, now onto a conference vote then back to the house and the senate for votes, then to the governor to sign, then the Vikings will have to accept the governments conditions, all most there.

  344. By OTKalil2012 on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    At least it made conference committee…

    Still has a ways to go…Wow…What a night… : /

  345. By Mike B. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Good night all

  346. By pennstatevike on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    D-heads… not to be confused with cheese-heads. but then again… what’s the difference!

  347. By Viking-ology on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wow

  348. By Viking-ology on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    Politicians really know how to drag it out.

  349. By Titus on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    New Blog– Wobby is working for a change.

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