February 28, 2006
A flurry of activity
What a magical time of year. Stadium season is upon us and is in full swing. I've made some more changes to the Voter's Guide and the totals are now:
Pro-American (Pro-stadium) legislators: 78
Anti-American (Anti-stadium) legislators: 49
Can you believe it? Could this be the year? Truth be told, I would be stunned. I know people are feeling more optimistic than ever, but if a stadium bill ever passed I would be absolutely amazed. I don't want to bum you out, but it would just plain be amazing to the point of almost being impossible. Let me put it this way: when this stadium bill passes the House Taxes committee, that is when I will start feeling optimistic. Not before.
Recent changes to the Voter's Guide include Zellers, Erhardt, Mullery, Walker, and Vandeveer all now in the YES column. Of course, I can't confirm any of this (this is all a guess on my part) but I am hearing a lot which leads me to believe the votes are there. Can it get to the floor of the House? We'll see.
Also, I changed Otremba back to a No. I just don't believe she will vote Yes. Curt in Grand Forks is checking that for me.
Secondly, today should be an interesting day for Mike Opat. According to the PiPress, Opat will seek a HC board resolution authorizing him to renegotiate a contract with the Twins to build a stadium in Hennepin County. As per usual, I'm sure my good friend Linda Koblick will have all her ducks in a row and give Opat all that he can handle. Please, Linda, please go easy on him. As you know there are a lot of people in Hennepin County that want this to happen, myself included, of course.
According to the article, the added $30 million to the overall stadium price tag will be the biggest sticking point in any future negotiations. I really have no idea where this will go, but I hope Pohlad doesn't ruin what seems to be some stadium good will out there by throwing it back in the County's face. Unfortunately, I think we can all see the writing on the wall on this one: the Twins will expect the County to pay. This, in my opinion, will be a huge mistake and may change some votes back to the No column.
Finally, I got an interesting email from Jim in St. Paul yesterday that went a little like this:
I was tempted to throw this out last year but maybe this is the year. If our esteemed legislators can finally see the light and pass a Twins ballpark bill this session I would like to extend an invite to all loyal Greet Machiners to come down some Saturday afternoon to my place of business, Summit Brewery, for a tour and celebration. I may even go through my archives and get out for display all my St. Paul related ballpark campaign items (I have a bunch). Like I said, hopefully this is the year and some celebration would definitely be in order.
How about that! A celebration at the Summit Brewery in St. Paul would be awesome. Thanks for the offer Jim! And of course, all "Greet Machiners" would be welcome (even you anti-stadium bums). And I must say, if Jim in St. Paul is feeling optimistic ... that really gives me pause. I dare say Jim knows more about this issue than me! Thanks for the day brightener Jim! I will be there!
Posted by snackeru at February 28, 2006 8:30 AM | Stadiums
Jim, thanks for the invite! I dare say that if a stadium gets built, Shane may not be sober for about a week.
Posted by: Cheesehead Craig at February 28, 2006 9:40 AM
That would be a nice celebration, Jim! And hopefully afterward, we can all take in a game at the Dome and not discuss stadiums at all. (I may be an "anti-stadium bum" to Shane, but first and foremost, I'm a Twins fan, and I'd like to once again be able to focus on the game. Even just for one drunken afternoon...)
Posted by: spycake at February 28, 2006 3:10 PM
Holy cow, spycake ... ain't that the truth. To actually be able to watch a game without having to think about this crap? That would be heavenly! Yes, we will definitely have to take in a game, and stadium discussions will be off limits!
Unfortunately, then my horrible knowledge of baseball in general will be exposed. But I am willing to pay that price!
Posted by: Shane at February 28, 2006 3:14 PM
Greet Machiners (I'm likin' that term)-
If this proposed celebration does actually happen, I will also extend some invites to assorted politicos. Then we can get a few beers in them and ask them what took so damn long.
Posted by: Jiminstpaul at February 28, 2006 6:34 PM