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Published November 06, 2010, 12:14 PM

New Dem leaders strike cooperative tone in Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New Democratic minority leaders in the Legislature say they hope to cooperate with majority Republicans as they adjust to a diminished role after Tuesday's election.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New Democratic minority leaders in the Legislature say they hope to cooperate with majority Republicans as they adjust to a diminished role after Tuesday's election.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (bahk) and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (TEE'-sen) appeared together Friday at a Capitol news conference, a day after their colleagues chose them after losing the majorities in both legislative chambers.

Bakk says Democrats hope to have input on the state budget, while protecting money for education and job training as keys to an economic turnaround.

Thissen says Republicans don't have a mandate to push through a gay marriage ban or other polarizing social proposals.

Senate Republicans on Friday chose Sen. Amy Koch (kohk) as majority leader. She becomes the first woman to lead that chamber.

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