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Gov. Mark Dayton's rocky relationship with Legislature ends as it began

A major task for Minnesota’s next governor will be to reset the relationship between the office of chief executive and the Legislature, an often-frayed connection that’s been at a low point recently due to bitter sparring between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and leading Republican lawmakers.

As the session wrapped up in late May, Dayton blasted Republicans as beholden to special interests, unfurling a litany of adjectives that included “vile,” “disgusting” and “appalling.” Republicans in turn compared the DFL governor to a toddler, calling him vindictive, impulsive and “an embarrassment.”


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