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Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his second State of the State address Wednesday night to a packed Minnesota House chamber. Behind him are Senate President Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville and House Speaker Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

State of the State: Dayton takes gentler approach in pitch to GOP

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton took a kinder, gentler approach in his Wednesday night State of the State speech, but his message still was the same as in recent public comments when he harshly criticized Republicans.

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"If we cooperate, if we share our best ideas, if we exchange our rigid ideologies for our shared ideals, we will revitalize our state," Dayton said in a packed Minnesota House chamber.

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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.
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