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Legislative leaders Zellers, Koch seem split over possible stadium special session

The politics of a Vikings’ stadium just keep getting messier.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers has informed House members that he does not support Gov. Mark Dayton’s desire to call for a special session.

“I have repeatedly told Gov. Dayton that I will not support a special session for a Vikings’ stadium,’’ the speaker informed members of the House. “This issue can be addressed during a regular session beginning in late January.’’

So there.

That’s it, then, right?

But this morning, in an interview with the Star Tribune,  Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said she hasn’t ruled out the idea of a special session but the table’s not set yet.

“I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Koch of a special session. “I don’t think we’re ready for one yet, certainly not today.”

What’s interesting about these two views from Republican leaders is that it generally has been thought Zellers would be the more likely leader to accept the notion of a special session. It’s also been assumed that the House Republican caucus might be more flexible on Vikings discussions than Koch’s Senate caucus.

Dayton, who wants to find a way to get public support to a Vikings’ stadium, has been pushing the special session idea because he knows that in an election year, the Legislature will be very reluctant to deal with anything as controversial as a stadium.

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