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Three of the key Minnesota policymakers talk about what they expect to happen in the 2012 legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem. Don Davis/ForumCommunications Co

Smiles precede legislative work


ST. PAUL -- The five men gathered like at a family reunion, showing broad smiles and greeting each other with firm handshakes.

Those smiles among top Minnesota policymakers, however, faded and at times disappeared into frowns, foretelling what appears likely to be a sometimes-cooperative, sometimes-contentious legislative session that begins at noon Tuesday.

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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.