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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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