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Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, responds to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget-balancing plan Thursday outside the governor's office. With her is House Majority Leader Tony Sertich of Chisholm. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Kelliher gets attention


ST. PAUL - Margaret Anderson Kelliher's gubernatorial stock rose in recent days.

As the legislative session neared its Monday end, many Capitol observers say the House speaker has emerged as a leading 2010 governor candidate. The trouble is, she has not said she is running.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.