The Senate Taxes Committee just killed again — at least for now — the Gophers stadium bill on a 6-6 vote, instigating a public spat between Sen. Larry Pogemiller and Sen. William Belanger, that revealed the behind-the-scenes dealings on this bill since yesterday, when the same committe tacked on a 13-percent sports memorabilia tax to raise the annual state payment to the stadium — then killed it on a tie vote. Still with me? Good, that makes one of us.

So today, Pogemiller pulled the tax out of the bill, and separated it from the Twins and Vikings legislation, apparently under assurances that the votes would be there to pass it.

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I’ve commented a number of times here about how politicians get themselves into trouble when they do contortions to admit messing up; something that the people — who really aren’t stupid — can accept. We saw it from the GOP Party in the same-sex marriage CD story, which would’ve gone away in an hour if they had said, “whoops, we messed up.” And we saw it in the Dean Johnson controversy, which similarly would’ve disappeared a lot quicker for the guy if he’d ignored the instincts of politicians to shift to damage control.

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