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MILWAUKEE STADIUM PLAN STILL LACKING THREE SENATE VOTES

     The Brewers stadium funding plan did not come to a vote in
the Senate Tuesday because "the votes were not there," according
to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  WI Gov. Tommy Thompson said
yesterday the package is three votes short of the 17 needed.  The
JOURNAL SENTINEL's Michael Bauman writes Thompson was "not a
happy governor" as he said, "The Brewers don't have much more
time or patience."  Thompson also added: "Bud (Selig) is not
going to tell you that he is going to leave, but you've all seen
the balance sheet" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/4).
     D-DAY?  Amy Rinard reports that Thompson said Thursday is
"D-Day" for the Brewers and a "miracle" is needed to pass the
financing deal and keep the Brewers in Milwaukee.  Senator Rodney
Moen, Democratic caucus chair, said if the stadium site were
moved downtown, "a majority" of Democrats would support.  But as
it stands, a majority will vote "no."  Thompson is said to have
backing of 10 Republicans and four Democrats.  Still, Senate
Majority Leader Michael Ellis, the Legislature's most outspoken
opponent of the measure, insists:  "I bet when it is all said and
done, the governor will get his votes" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
SENTINEL, 10/4).
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