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Brodkorb: Minnesota Republicans lose rules fight over '16 RNC

The Republican National Committee has denied a request by the Republican Party of Minnesota for a waiver from rules governing the 2016 Republican National Convention which would bind Minnesota delegates to support the winners of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses.

All delegates from Minnesota to the Republican National Convention in 2016 will be elected proportionately and bound to the winners of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses on March 1, 2016. 

Rule changes made at the 2012 Republican National Convention and later amended by the RNC, require that the results of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses "must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner." 

As detailed in a previous post, Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention have not been bound by the results of the presidential preference ballot conducted at precinct caucuses. In 2012, Rick Santorum won the presidential preference ballot in Minnesota, but the majority of the Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention supported Ron Paul. 

The bulk of the Minnesota delegates to the Democratic National Convention are required to support the winner of the presidential preference ballot conducted at Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party precinct caucuses. The Democratic National Convention in 2016 will be held in Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center and Pennsylvania Convention Center) and Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena) will host the Republican National Convention.

Picture source:  Quicken Loans Arena

Brodkorb: $240K parking spaces would be bargain for Jay-Z

As first reported by J. Patrick Coolican of the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Senate approved spending $7.2 million for an underground parking garage with 30 spaces at the Minnesota State Capitol. 

From Coolican's story:

In the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, the Senate feverishly passed a bonding bill that included a priority of Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook: $7.2 million for an underground parking garage at the State Capitol that would provide a grand total of 30 vehicle spaces.

That works out to $240,000 per parking space. The underground garage would obviate the need for what’s there now, a surface lot that in the past was used for the governor and constitutional officers and a few select staff. With the surface lot gone, it could be landscaped to improve the site’s aesthetic properties.

The spending authority for the $7.2 million parking garage was including in the bonding bill and was approved by the Minnesota Senate with bipartisan support. In response to Coolican's story, Bakk issued a press release with an alternative plan for parking near the State Capitol

While it is unlikely the parking garage will ever be built (especially after Coolican's story + Minnesota House of Representatives did not approve bonding bill), the 30 parking spaces inside would be some of the most expensive parking spaces in Minnesota. 

Jalopnik published a post a few years ago which listed the most expensive parking spaces in the world. The parking spaces approved by the Minnesota Senate would make Jalopnik's list

Here's an example of an expensive parking space: Jay-Z received a parking space at the Barclays Center after he invested $1 million in the Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z could have four spaces the State Capitol for $1 million - a real bargin!  

Click here to read more about the most expensive parking spaces in the world. 

Picture source: Jalopnik

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