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MINNESOTA MAYHEM IN WAKE OF NEXT WEEK'S STADIUM VOTE
Published October 15, 1997
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).