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True Blue: Not that hue!

Posted at 4:44 PM on August 29, 2008 by Tim Nelson (0 Comments)

The Democrats that want to put up a big mobile billboard in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul won a long-winded victory in Ramsey County District Court this afternoon.

District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled from the bench this afternoon that the Capitol Area Architecture and Planning Board can't enforce its decision not to let True Blue Minnesota put up a big digital billboard flashing anti-war and other political messages.

The CAAP board split 5-5 on whether to give the group, featuring die-hard St. Paul Democrats like John Mannillo, Martha Ballou, Dan Dobson and Jay Benanav, a variance that would allow them to put up the sign near the Capitol. (They're also some of the city's staunchest billboard opponents, it should be noted.)

Gearin said the discussion seemed to be treading close enough to politics that she's giving True Blue the benefit of the doubt and giving everybody a legal time out until Tuesday. And noting that True Blue is free to put up the billboard in the meantime.

"Stayed for Tuesday," she said.

"We were going to plug the thing in anyway," said Mannillo, when the hearing was over. "We'll be up and running by the time the convention opens."

You can see the truck here.

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