Minnesota lawmakers push for early wins, signal splits are on the horizon

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ST. PAUL -- A class of new lawmakers took their oaths of office Tuesday, Jan. 8, establishing a new order in the statehouse and setting the stage for conflict over...

Minnesota House members were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the Capitol. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, gestures to where her family is sitting in the House gallery before swearing-in ceremonies began Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, caught up with fellow Republicans Tuesday, Jan. 8, before the 2019 session began. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, speaks with Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a former House speaker, on Jan. 8, 2019. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, spoke to fellow House members Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in nominating Melissa Hortman to become the new House speaker. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, on the Senate floor Jan. 8, 2019, at the recovening of the state legislature. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan applauded her former House colleague and fellow Democrat, Melissa Hortman, as she was sworn into her role as House speaker Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, on the Senate floor Jan. 8, 2019, at the recovening of the state legislature. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen, a former DFL House speaker, swears Brooklyn Park Democrat Melissa Hortman into her new role as House speaker on Jan. 8, 2019. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service
Activists for the Moms Demand Action gun-control group chanted "save our kids" Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, while House members streamed into the chamber on the first day of legislative session. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service

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