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Minnesota Governor changes his mind on revised stadium plan

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is following in the flip-flopping footsteps of noted flip-floppers like John Kerry and Mitt Romney.  (I specifically picked one from each party.)

After calling a 13th-hour plan from Minnesota Republicans a “fiasco” and “offensive” and “harebrained” and a “switcheroo,” Governor Mark Dayton (a Democrat) has agreed to consider it.

“It is absolutely worth pursuing. . . .  Whether there is any viability, I can’t say,” Dayton said Wednesday, according to the Alexandria (Minn.) Echo Press.

Aiding the effort is the decision of Republicans to put a roof on the structure.  Earlier in the week, the new proposal called for an open-air facility.

The new proposal would also fundamentally alter the formula for funding the state’s contribution, steering clear from gambling and tying fees and charges to those who will use the building.

The Vikings previously have said that it’s too late to change the proposal.  Now that Dayton is changing his tune, we’ll see whether the Vikings likewise change their minds.

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37 Responses to “Minnesota Governor changes his mind on revised stadium plan”
  1. anotheryx says: May 3, 2012 10:03 AM

    (I specifically picked one from each party.)

    But from the same State~ you hater you~
    j/k

  2. kws767 says: May 3, 2012 10:03 AM

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is following in the flip-flopping footsteps of noted flip-floppers like John Kerry and Mitt Romney. (I specifically picked one from each party.)

    ———————————————————- nice try Florio…it just so happens that Mitt Romney is running against your boy Obama, so you have to call him out as a flip-flopper…your liberal slip is showing….thumbs up if you think we should stick to football on this site and leave to politics out of it…jeez !!!

  3. AlohaMrHand says: May 3, 2012 10:13 AM

    Absolutely you want a stadium with a permanent roof or retractable roof there.This makes it viable to host other events such as the Final Four or Wrestlemania.

  4. thepvyharvin says: May 3, 2012 10:14 AM

    There is only ONE thing I do know about this whole stadium fiasco….the MN politicians are embarrassing themselves and the whole state of MN!

  5. antiochcat says: May 3, 2012 10:21 AM

    So, let me get this straight: Dayton ‘flip-flopped’ on his argument against the deal because a roof was added to the stadium design and “The new proposal would also fundamentally alter the formula for funding the state’s contribution, steering clear from gambling and tying fees and charges to those who will use the building.” So, in essence, the whole deal was ‘fundamentally’ changed. How is that a ‘flip-flop’ on Dayton’s part? Sounds more likely that the powers that be who were supporting this stadium proposal caved on these conditions. That’s not a flip-flop, that’s maintaining your position and actually getting what you want.

  6. thebiblestudent says: May 3, 2012 10:21 AM

    Flip-floppers…you mean like the flip-flopping you did on Warren Sapp’s “whistleblower” comments? Or the Saints’ bounty problems? Or any of a dozen other topics in the past offseason?

    Florio=John Kerry, but without the money and brainpower

  7. magnustroi says: May 3, 2012 10:21 AM

    The reason this is such a mess? Is the Stupid Morons should have simply renovated the Old Met Stadium and Kept our team and history right were it belongs !!!!!

  8. racksie says: May 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    Yeah, gotta hate a guy who only has the interests of his constituents in mind. Because, you know, that’s why they get elected. Thank heaven an over age, tattooed face painter isn’t our governor, or we’d be on the hook for the entire cost of the stadium. Oh that’s right, Syd Davies is CANADIAN.

  9. jagsfanugh says: May 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    Hmm makes one wonder what the governor got to change his mind. $$$$$ or some cushy job when leaves office with $$$$$. Oh got to love the crooks in office.

  10. Peter Venkman says: May 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    It’s too bad such a great website is founded by a complete tool.

  11. durno99 says: May 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    Politicians trying to keep votes for when they leave so they can say they tried. BS!!!! That is not a plan and they know it! Trying to save face but we can see through it.

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    The problem with the original proposal is it can’t get the votes because everyone knows that electronic pulltabs aren’t going to raise the money needed. Republicans had to propose something else to get it passed, although I don’t think their idea will work either. I don’t see how all this can come together this year, but there’s still a chance.

  13. VegasKJ says: May 3, 2012 11:07 AM

    Makes me laugh that your quoting the Echo Press from my small central Minnesota hometown of Alexandria, which has a population of about 13k and is known for, well, I don’t know: pontoons and mosquitoes?

    Seriously, the main header on its website today is: Growing Green — Keep your eyes open for ticks.

    Very creative linking, Florio.

  14. massappeal12345 says: May 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    Posted by Mike Florio on May 3, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT
    APMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton is following in the flip-flopping footsteps of noted flip-floppers like John Kerry and Mitt Romney. (I specifically picked one from each party.)

    Goin’ hollywood Mike,
    You picked a Republican that is running in the most important election in our lifetime and a democrat that isn’t running for anything.
    Stick to fiitball.

  15. glenne81 says: May 3, 2012 11:24 AM

    HEY!! I know what to do!!

    Lets cheapen this thing up! Lets use more plain concrete, more cheap plastic, narrow it up a bit. Then we’ll get them to sign a 30 year lease and we can worry about it then. Oh wait,,,,we did that with the Metrodome.

  16. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 3, 2012 11:30 AM

    Los Angeles Football LAKERS!

  17. nflfollower says: May 3, 2012 11:32 AM

    Problem is you picked a flip flopper from each party but only one you mentioned is actually, you know, running for the presidency right now. Tough to stay politically neutral isn’t it?

  18. sadviking says: May 3, 2012 11:52 AM

    A) Why are you reporting from the Alexandria Echo Press. I live in Minnesota (within 30 minutes of Alexandria), and that’s far from a top tier newspaper.

    B) The released details from said plan have changed significantly over the past 24 hours. How does that make him a flip-flopper? If anything, it means he’s continuing to assess the situation and make informed decisions. “Stay the course” is not a good methodology when you are driving 60 miles an hour at a brick wall.

  19. chandler1 says: May 3, 2012 11:53 AM

    Barry is going down like cheaper hooker on Lake Street.

  20. thebigcaptain2011 says: May 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    Hey. You stole my line. I’m the one who is supposed to mention the LA FOOTBALL LAKERS. I’m gonna sic the Commish on you!

  21. buckdent26 says: May 3, 2012 11:57 AM

    Mike,

    Is this NBC Sports or is this MSNBC Sports??? This is the first website I check every day multiple times for NFL news. I can switch to Yardbarker, Profootballzone, FoxSports, Bleacherreport if you are going to push your agenda. The point is, there are alternatives to get the exact same info. I am sure there are plenty of your readers who feel the exact same.

    Thumbs up if you want Mike to stick to NFL

    Thumbs down if you want Mike to insert his political opinions ( in this article’s case a jab) on a NFL news website.

  22. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    Okay, venkman can call the website owner a tool and chandler can say that our president is going down like a “cheaper” (at least it wasn’t the cheapest) hooker, but I can’t ask “How’s your stadium coming?”

  23. riggaboo says: May 3, 2012 12:13 PM

    I wonder if there is any correlation between our political discourse being boiled down to idiotic talking points like “flip-flopping” and the absolute sham that is current American politics?

  24. bmcgrath2 says: May 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    Here we go again…

    Lower our standards and settle for building a stadium on the cheap so we can have the Vikings again asking for a new stadium in 15-20 years.

    Sound familiar Vikings fans?

  25. macwomack says: May 3, 2012 12:16 PM

    You could have choosen Obama if you wanted to be more relevant…

  26. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 3, 2012 12:22 PM

    Leslie Frazier wants an explanation

  27. jwoj2626 says: May 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    I for one actually care more about the NFL (and it’s stadium issues) than I do about who wins the presidency. Both parties are filled with two-faced crooks who will only tell you what you want to hear so they can get elected.

    People who feel compelled to stick up for their political party in the comments section of a website seriously need to get a life.

  28. contra74 says: May 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    Okay, venkman can call the website owner a tool and chandler can say that our president is going down like a “cheaper” (at least it wasn’t the cheapest) hooker, but I can’t ask “How’s your stadium coming?”
    ——
    Its most likely because even the moderator has grown tired of the same worn out line you constantly use. Try being original and maybe your post will be allowed.

  29. erod22 says: May 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    Again, why don’t blue states every achieve anything but absolute bankruptcy?

  30. racksie says: May 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    jagsfanugh says: May 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    Hmm makes one wonder what the governor got to change his mind. $$$$$ or some cushy job when leaves office with $$$$$. Oh got to love the crooks in office.
    —————————————————-
    You are obviously not from Minnesota. Mark Dayton is unbelievably rich. He will never have to work a day in his life. I could give you details, but it wouldn’t make sense. But I can guarantee you, anyone older than 30 knows Daytons department stores, and the wealth of the Daytons. In fact, he may be richer than Zygi.

  31. glac1 says: May 3, 2012 12:26 PM

    Now I can understand why Minnesotan’s can’t drive….they are unable to think…..

  32. racksie says: May 3, 2012 12:31 PM

    VegasKJ says: May 3, 2012 11:07 AM

    Makes me laugh that your quoting the Echo Press from my small central Minnesota hometown of Alexandria, which has a population of about 13k and is known for, well, I don’t know: pontoons and mosquitoes?

    Seriously, the main header on its website today is: Growing Green — Keep your eyes open for ticks.

    Very creative linking, Florio.
    ——————————————————
    Bet I know where Florio’s summer home is.

  33. nolarules says: May 3, 2012 1:03 PM

    Don’t even pretend that you have ever voted for anyone but a Democrat. You are a former lawyer and you know exactly who supports you the most. Lawyers love their democrats. They make sure the money keeps on rolling in. No chance of there ever being tort reform with democrats in charge. Oh, and you work for NBC. No liberal bias at all. Don’t even pretend

  34. pack4gop says: May 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    You picked one from each party….one happens to be irrelevant, the other a Presidential nominee. You are such a lib it is stamped on your forehead. No wonder you are a Vikings fan

  35. sadviking says: May 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    I find it kind of funny that everybody wants Florio to stay out of politics, when the topic he’s reporting on IS politics. Hard to cover the stadium without mentioning politics.

  36. zn0rseman says: May 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    The American Trial Lawyers Association is the largest political lobby in the United States.

  37. bluvayner says: May 3, 2012 5:23 PM

    “I specifically picked one from each party.”

    If your goal was to appear impartial or present a balanced view, you could have picked two guys who either were, or were not, currently running for President.

    By making an example of one current candidate, who is no more of a flip-flopper than the incumbent, your agenda is clear. You’re not fooling anyone.

    I hope that he redistributes your wealth, and supports the crack heads of America with the earnings from this website.

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