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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook, left, and Rep. Denny McNamara of Hastings take a break during the 2013 state fair to talk fishing. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Capitol Chatter: Politicians roll with fair punches

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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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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.