The annual clash of ideas at the Capitol carries risks for seven lawmakers seeking Minnesota's top office.
They have to take tough votes and tie their success to initiatives that might fail, while facing criticism from the sidelines. They have to watch their backs for intrigue from rivals within their own party.
The candidates for governor are spending weekends and evenings trying to corral political activists at local party conventions. The race for party delegates peaks this weekend.
The Legislature is embroiled in debates over subsidized health care, public works projects and sex offender treatment, and the state's checking account is overdrawn.
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