Nonprofit, independent journalism. Supported by readers.


MN Blog Cabin Roundup: 5/18

More stadium reaction, an expensive speeding ticket, and an amazing moth photo.

After the fact reporting on Vikings stadium corporate #wilfare

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

This is becoming a classic NFL scam. Get the media to focus on the up-front construction costs, while ignoring the real money in a stadium deal. The public will receive nothing from naming rights, concessions, parking, user fees tied to tickets, suites or merchandise. But, the public will have the opportunity to pay for the stadium, to maintain the stadium, and to continually upgrade the stadium to NFL standards. Minneapolis takes a huge hit on this, with $675 to $890 million in stadium obligations over 30 years.

Call to action

from Old and in the Way by Gary Sankary

Tax Payers of Minnesota- the opposing team is on our 1 yard line, there’s seconds left on the clock and its fourth down. We have one last, slim chance to defeat this stadium con job by the NFL and Ziggy Wilf, one last chance to take a stand against hundreds of millions in corporate welfare.

Labor organizer Metsa to seek Rukavina seat

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron Brown

Article continues after advertisement

Jason Metsa, field coordinator for the North East Area Labor Council on the Iron Range, has announced that he will seek the House 6B seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Pike Township).

“Job creators” & “compromise”: GOP doesn’t know the meaning

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

No, Senator Ortmann, you aren’t allowed. You don’t have the “compromise” credentials to claim any high ground. This legislature has no right to have compromise in their lexicon.

Al, Amy: What’s your plan?

from Tim Droogsma’s Blog by Tim Droogsma

What’s your plan, Amy? You didn’t like any of the five budgets you were offered, so what’s your plan? You’ve spent five years in Washington and handed future generations several trillion dollars in debt. What’s your plan for getting out of this mess? Do you have a plan, or are you just going to keep voting “No” until – like Greece or Italy – we just dissolve into a pool of debt, with riots in the streets?

Final tally for Leidiger’s speeding ticket: $978

from Brick City Blog by Sean Olsen

So the final tally for the Leidiger speeding ticket fiasco:  1 speeding ticket, 2 state statutes violated, and $978 in expense ($178 for the ticket itself, $300 in fines to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, and $500 in fines to the Office of Administrative Hearings).

Minnesota Blog Cabin Photo of the Week

sphinx mothPhoto by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

from ‘The Uncooperative Sphinx Moth’ by Audrey Kletscher Helbling on Minnesota Prairie Roots