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House Republicans and staff huddle Tuesday after shouting matches brought the full House to a halt. Republicans complained that they were not allowed to offer all of their amendments to a transportation bill, while DFL'ers said time had run out on debate. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Minnesota Legislature gets ugly and 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.

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And things got worse a few hours later in the House chamber.

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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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