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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Twins stadium in trouble?

When I first heard that there were issues with acquiring the land for the Twins Stadium, I thought no big deal worst case scenario they easily work something out, best case scenario they decide to put the ballpark at a site that can actually fit a baseball park. As more and more information comes out it is clear that this is another case of poorly crafted legislation, that may require the Twins stadium bill be voted on again this legislative session to iron out the details, and while there is no indication it would fail the possibility does exist.

To me this would be no big deal except for the fact that the most significant legislation of 2003 and 2005 also faced a similar fate. The conceal Carry legislation needed to be adjusted simply to become constitutionally legal, and while the tobacco fee/tax was ultimately allowed by the courts it ran into similar trouble.

Our political process amounts, to which side of issues like conceal carry, fees and taxes, and stadiums a candidate is on, but the voters have either very little concern or ability to judge the competenence of prospective legislators. The election of 2006 was simply about electing those that oppose Bush and the Republican agenda. Other then those who said despite the fact Peter Hutchinson is more competent they would vote for Mike Hatch to stick it to the Republicans I didn't once hear about the ability to legislate as a factor in how people voted in November. Nor does it appear that happened in the primary process, as we saw Lori Swanson and Keith Ellison defeat more qualified opponents. It also didn't happen at the party conventions as Patty Wetterling and Matt Entenza were sent forward despite clear and serious flaws.


Blogger lloydletta said...

That's good to know. I'll immediately write my rep to tell him to vote NO on any stadium legislation.


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