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  • MINNESOTA MAYHEM IN WAKE OF NEXT WEEK'S STADIUM VOTE

              MN Gov. Arne Carlson said Tuesday that "he hoped
         legislators will vote quickly next week either to build a
         new stadium or to reject the idea, and not let the debate
         over a ballpark linger into November," according to Patrick
         Sweeney of the St. Paul PIONEER PRESS.  State Senate
         Majority Leader Roger Moe said he "still saw no stadium-
         funding mechanism that has enough support in the Legislature
         to win passage," while MN House Majority Leader Ted Winter
         said legislators are still "waiting for a coherent plan for
         dividing up the cost of a ballpark and paying for it."  (St.
         Paul PIONEER PRESS, 10/15).  Meanwhile, an "angry" State
         House Speaker Phil Carruthers, "criticizing" Acting MLB
         Commissioner Bud Selig, said Tuesday "that it may be time
         for Minnesotans to fight back against" MLB's monopoly in
         order to keep the Twins, according to Jay Weiner of the
         Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Carruthers said he "might want to
         lead other states into a 'class-action lawsuit'" against
         MLB.  Weiner adds that Carruthers was the first state leader
         to suggest that, rather than accommodate the Twins, "it may
         be time to confront owner Carl Pohlad, Selig and baseball's
         owners in order to keep the Twins" (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/15).
              
    

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