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Rep. Dean Urdahl of Grove City studies a board showing votes Thursday on a Capitol repair bill. During a speech asking for support for the bill, which failed, Urdahl hoisted a 15-pound piece of granite that had fallen off the Capitol. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Minn. House rejects Capitol repair; overall bonding bill also in doubt

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should be proud of their Capitol and repair its crumbling outside walls, its outdated electrical system and interior that is falling apart, Republicans said Thursday in an unsuccessful effort to fund the long-discussed work.

Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in an 80-50 vote to sell $221 million of bonds to finance the work. It needed 81 votes to pass.

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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.
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