Late Tuesday night, the Minnesota Vikings cleared another huge hurdle in their efforts to get a new stadium built when the state Senate passed the stadium bill 38-28 a day after the House passed the bill 73-58.
The original plan was modified in the process. In the Senate, dozens of amendments were added during the 11 hours of debate.
Now, six members of the Legislature must sit down in conference committee to work out the differences between the two versions to create a bill both bodies will vote on once again.
The biggest haggling point will be how much more the Vikings should chip in. The House is calling for $105 million more, while the Senate's version only seeks an additional $25 million more.
If you break this down politically, who is the big winner after these two votes? Are there any at all?
In the House, the DFL provided 40 of the 73 "yes" votes. In the Senate, the DFL provided 22 of the 38 "yes" votes. Is that a huge coup for Gov. Mark Dayton to show he got his minority party to pass a major legislative priority?
On the flip side, most polls shows a majority of Minnesotans don't agree with public funding for a Vikings stadium. So, since many GOP members stood their ground and voted no, did they come out looking better to most Minnesotans who agree with their stance?
Finally, will voters remember in November? If so, are there enough of those people to really sway an election in one direction? Many people got to see how the stadium sausage was made -- and they didn't like what they saw. That could be bad news for any incumbent.