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Judge dismisses effort to let Minneapolis residents vote on Vikings stadium

A legal challenge that called for Minneapolis residents to vote on the Vikings stadium subsidy was dismissed today by Hennepin County Judge Philip Bush.

The challenge had been brought in August by Doug Mann, who was one of the 35 candidates running for Minneapolis mayor. He came in 10th last week in the race won by Betsy Hodges.

Mann had claimed that under the city charter, voters had to approve any stadium spending over $10 million. The city is putting about $150 million into the deal, along with about $350 million in state money.

The judge noted that, despite city officials’ claims otherwise, the charter language would have stood and the election been required, had not the Legislature overridden it when the stadium legislation was passed.

Mann told MPR that he’s considering an appeal.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Bill O'Reilly on 11/13/2013 - 01:55 pm.

    Everyone knows that the wheels are turning on this fiasco, and an effort to halt it would be tilting at windmills, but at least the word is out that the residents were denied their right to vote on the issue. Thank you Doug.

  2. Submitted by mark wallek on 11/14/2013 - 09:49 am.

    A losing deal

    Had things gone to a vote, there would be no stadium deal now, which is why it never was allowed to go to a vote. This is typical behavior in a city that disrespects the citizen whenever it wants to do something that the people do not want to pay for. Next thing you know, they’ll want us to pay for street lighting above and beyond the taxes we already pay.

  3. Submitted by Don Mashak on 11/14/2013 - 06:33 pm.

    None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free – Johanne VonGoethe

    So now the State Legislature can tell a city can spend its money? Why do we need a city government then?

    Ditto on what Mark Wallek said.

    B as in B, S as in S..

  4. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 11/19/2013 - 01:46 pm.

    Kimball Got the Story Wrong

    The judge pretty much agreed with every thing in Doug’s case, but since mandamus is an extraordinary remedy, could not grant it without a ruling on the constitutionality of the stadium legislation in a court with jurisdiction to decide.

    This is not over.

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