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Minnesota legislative leaders and staff leave the governor's home Tuesday, led by House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller. Leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty met for an hour and a half to lay groundwork for the 2010 legislative session. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty, leaders begin 2010 talks

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ST. PAUL -- Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and leaders of the Democratic-dominated Minnesota Legislature got a head start on their 2010 work Tuesday, agreeing they would start work on issues such as public works projects and how to inject money into the economy.


Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, said that legislative leaders extended a hand of "friendship is a little strong, but hand of cooperation."

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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.