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08:23 AM ET 12.11 | A hockey story has become a political football in Michigan. House Democrats on Monday threatened to derail legislation sought by the Ilitch family as part of a project to build an arena for the Detroit Red Wings in protest of controversial right-to-work legislation set for a final vote Tuesday. Minority Leader Rich Hammel said his caucus plans to vote "no" on a bill that would allow Olympia Development to tap nearly $13 million in downtown development authority tax funds for a proposed $650 million mixed-use district comprising a multipurpose events center along with retail, office and residential housing space. "They will vote 'no' on the Ilitch project," said Hammel, D-Mount Morris Township.

The Detroit News

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December 11, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Yay, a hockey story that is really a political story. This thread should have the most posts today, since we all love our politics in here!

Danny, the minority caucus are the D's in the State House.

December 11, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Hammel is equiv to the Leader of the Opposition.

December 11, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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This was highly informative. I am now fully aware of why the minority caucus (Wtf? isn't everything R or D down there?) is voting against the arena.

Apparently there are a few "independents" too. :)

December 11, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Another problem might be THAT NOBODY IS PLAYING HOCKEY!!!!! Lets bring back Rollerderby.

December 11, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Another problem might be THAT NOBODY IS PLAYING HOCKEY!!!!! Lets bring back Rollerderby.

JOHNATHAN !! JOHNATHAN !!.........bring on Rollerball !!

December 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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JOHNATHAN !! JOHNATHAN !!.........bring on Rollerball !!

I think he's in his 70s or 80s now Harry.

Come to think about it that would be fun to watch.

December 11, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Always liked the roller derby chicks with the big hammers and that top zipped way down low.

December 11, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Always liked the roller derby chicks with the big hammers and that top zipped way down low.

And then there were Joanie Weston and Anne Calvello who played well but were not exactly pinups

December 11, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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And then there were Joanie Weston and Anne Calvello who played well but were not exactly pinups

every garden has a few spuds in it .

December 11, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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Always liked the roller derby chicks with the big hammers and that top zipped way down low.

Said the way I like it, well done.

December 11, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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every garden has a few spuds in it .

But probably taste the same with your eyes closed.

December 11, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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But probably taste the same with your eyes closed.

They'd have to be. Most of 'em were "scare a hungry dog off a gut wagon ugly."

December 11, 2012  03:03 PM ET
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They'd have to be. Most of 'em were "scare a hungry dog off a gut wagon ugly."

AMEN

December 11, 2012  04:24 PM ET
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And then there were Joanie Weston and Anne Calvello who played well but were not exactly pinups

Joan Weston was a thug.

December 11, 2012  04:25 PM ET
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They'd have to be. Most of 'em were "scare a hungry dog off a gut wagon ugly."

And a bigger rearend than what Sanchez ran into a couple weeks ago.

December 11, 2012  09:59 PM ET

guys I have never submitted a comment before, enjoy reading them----- last 6 or 7 posts were oustanding - laughed my a** off

 
December 12, 2012  01:46 AM ET

Say it ain't so Joe

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