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Dayton's last chance to unite with GOP?

Posted at 7:30 AM on February 15, 2012 by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Politics

"Gov. Mark Dayton has rarely shown a gift for soaring rhetoric, but he'll have to summon a little magic Wednesday for a State of the State speech that could be his last chance in a short legislative session to convince skeptical Minnesota Republicans they should unite with him," writes Patrick Condon of the Associated Press.

The Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature have repeatedly cited job creation as a common goal for the session. Dayton said Tuesday that he would urge a "bipartisan jobs package that combines their best ideas and mine," and his advisers said the speech will revolve around a theme of shared stewardship and working together with an eye toward long-term objectives.

But with three weeks down, the session so far has been more notable for a quick return to the bad feelings that marked last year's partisan meltdown over taxes and spending, and the subsequent government shutdown.

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