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An unhappy Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, listens to House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, challenge a Democratic effort to wrap up debate on a transportation bill Tuesday. The dispute made for tense exchanges among House leaders.

Minnesota Legislature gets ugly, loud

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ST. PAUL - If Tuesday paints a picture of how the 2009 legislative session will end, it won't be pretty.

An exchange between legislative leaders and a key Pawlenty administration official Tuesday morning was as tense of an exchange as seen in the Capitol this year. And things got worse a few hours later in the House chamber.

Republicans shouted down the Democratic speaker when she ruled that time had expired on a transportation debate, with two GOP amendments not yet heard.

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