Kurt Zellers

Downtown East

Zellers Says Vikings Bill Leaves Behind Animosity

Republican Rep. Morrie Lanning, the Viking stadium bill’s author in the House, told WCCO’s Chad Hartman that there were “dark days” and that the bill almost didn’t happen.

05/11/2012

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Colorful State Rep. Rukavina To Leave Minn. House

A 26-year veteran lawmaker known for his impassioned speeches and irreverent, borderline uncouth remarks is retiring from the Minnesota House.

05/11/2012

Downtown East

Money Questions Remain About New Vikings Stadium

Now that the Minnesota Vikings will get their new stadium, the worrying can begin over a gambling expansion designed to pay the state’s share of the $975 million project.

05/11/2012

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Talking Points: Dicey Political Landscape Over Vikes Stadium

Among the more controversial statements on the stadium all week was one made by House Speaker Kurt Zellers on KFAN radio where he said he hoped the stadium bill passed but he planned to vote against it.

05/06/2012

Minnesota lawmakers, highlighted by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, teamed up with Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen on Saturday at the Mall of America to rally superfans in an effort to get the stadium bill signed.

State Leaders, Vikings Hold Rally At MOA Days Before House Stadium Vote

It’s a fourth-and-long situation just two days before a Minnesota House vote on a new stadium agreement.

05/05/2012

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Gov. Dayton Vetoes Tax Bill, Stadium Bill Threatened

Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton wasted no time Friday vetoing a Republican-crafted tax plan sent to him the night before that contained breaks for businesses but would have taken money from the state’s rainy day reserves.

05/04/2012

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Mpls Mayor On Vikings Stadium: Let’s Just Get It Done

Mayor R.T. Rybak is among those calling for a vote on the stadium bill.

04/29/2012

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Minn. Legislature’s Goal Of Monday Finish Softens

Monday has long been circled on the Minnesota Legislature’s calendar as the final day. Now Republican leaders are giving themselves more wiggle room.

04/28/2012

vikings fans

Vikings Fans Hit Capitol, But No Stadium Vote

Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota’s Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill.

04/28/2012

Downtown East

Vikings Stadium Bill Can’t Afford Any Misplays This Week

The Minnesota Vikings are facing a daunting deadline at the state Capitol this week, but they are putting on a blitz to pass the stadium bill.

04/23/2012

Downtown East

Talking Points: Key Players Say ‘It’s Now Or Never’ For Stadium Bill

According to the Minnesota Vikings, this week is do or die as far as getting a new stadium bill passed.

04/22/2012

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Dayton, Bagley And Zellers Weigh In On Vikings Stadium

There’s a lot of drama surrounding a potential Vikings stadium — and the future of Minnesota’s NFL team.

04/22/2012

Downtown East

House Committee Questions Vikings Stadium Proposal

The Minnesota Vikings faced a high hurdle Monday in the bid for a taxpayer subsidy to build a new football stadium, as members of a state House committee raised questions and criticism about the plan.

04/16/2012

Downtown East

Stadium Bill Faces Resistance In House Committee

State lawmakers will have to hit the ground running to end this session on the proposed end time. Another House committee will take up the Vikings Stadium bill at 6 p.m. Monday.

04/16/2012

Downtown East

White Earth Band Steps Into Vikings Stadium Sweepstakes

A Minnesota Indian tribe upped the ante for a new Vikings stadium on Thursday. But the offer to help comes as lawmakers are leaving the Capitol for a long break with the stadium deal in limbo.

04/05/2012

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Zellers Calls Deadline Least Of Stadium Bill Snags

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says blowing past a Friday legislative deadline should not be the main concern for supporters of the Vikings stadium bill.

03/16/2012

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Reality Check: Pull Tabs Equal Money For Stadium

Stadium supporters promise a windfall from electronic pull tabs and bingo, but there’s not a lot of evidence to support that.

03/02/2012

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Vikings Stadium Bill Far From A Done Deal

The bill will likely go to lawmakers next week. It puts the new stadium in the same space as the Metrodome. Governor Mark Dayton called it “The People’s Stadium” on Thursday.

03/01/2012

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Minn. House Passes Sex Offender Notification Bill 127-1

After a Ramsey County judicial panel gave the green light for Clarence Opheim’s release into a neighborhood halfway house, state lawmakers’ phone lines lit up.

02/20/2012

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Minn. Gov. Dayton Vetoes Lawsuit Reform Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed four Republican-sponsored bills Friday that made major changes to the state’s civil legal system, describing the legislation as the product of special interest groups and again criticizing legislative Republicans, saying they’re “too extreme to lead.”

02/10/2012

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Minn. House Speaker To Back Romney

Minnesota’s House speaker endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney days ahead of the state’s political caucuses where the former Massachusetts governor is aiming to duplicate his 2008 win.

02/03/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Return With Hopes Of A Quick Exit

A modest surplus means Minnesota lawmakers don’t have to tinker with the state budget.

01/20/2012

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Basilica Leaders Talk With Dayton On Stadium Plans

Gov. Mark Dayton took a private meeting Friday with church leaders at the Basilica of St. Mary to discuss their concerns over one potential site for a new Vikings stadium.

01/20/2012

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Firing Of Environmental Panel Director Suspended

The executive director of a Minnesota commission that assigns lottery money to environmental projects is no longer being fired.

01/08/2012

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Contender For Minn. GOP Boss Arrested Over Car Tax

A Minnesota business executive vying to be the state Republican Party chairman said Friday he is reevaluating his bid for the post after an arrest on a charge of evading motor vehicle registration taxes.

12/16/2011

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