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Capitol Chatter: Minnesota politicians roll with fair punches

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FALCON HEIGHTS -- The Minnesota State Fair is a place for political leaders to offer their ideas, and occasionally to suffer a few punches, at least figuratively.

House Speaker Paul Thissen of Minneapolis and Tom Bakk of Cook sat at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party booth answering softball questions from the party's communications director, but when she began taking audience questions, things changed.

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