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Bipartisanship still elusive at Minn. Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There's a lot on the agenda when Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul next month, but no strong indication that bipartisanship will be the new standard.

The men who will hold the Capitol's five most important jobs met Monday for a discussion sponsored by Forum Communications. The Democrats are Gov. Mark Dayton along with incoming House Speaker Paul Thissen and new Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. They were joined by new Republican leaders, Rep. Kurt Daudt in the House and Sen. David Hann in the Senate.

Democrats will be in charge come January, and their leaders say they want to collaborate with Republicans. But both Hann and Daudt say Democrats will be able to enact an agenda themselves, and questioned if there would be room for Republicans.

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