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Standing among fellow Republicans, Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall waits to speak during a House floor fight Tuesday over the handling of a transportation bill. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Minnesota Legislature gets ugly, loud

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ST. PAUL - If Tuesday paints a picture of how the 2009 legislative session will end, it won't be pretty.

An exchange between legislative leaders and a key Pawlenty administration official Tuesday morning was as tense of an exchange as seen in the Capitol this year. And things got worse a few hours later in the House chamber.


Republicans shouted down the Democratic speaker when she ruled that time had expired on a transportation debate, with two GOP amendments not yet heard.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.