New legislative leadership plans to leave Constitution alone

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Incoming DFL leaders at the Capitol say they will not push for changes to the Minnesota Constitution. Over the last two years Republicans suggested several Constitutional amendments, including two that were rejected by voters this month. The new Senate Majority Leader, Tom Bakk, tells the Associated Press he thinks the Constitution has been abused some in recent years and he will not suggest any new amendments.

Analysis of what led to the defeat of the amendments that would have defined marriage as an opposite sex union and required a photo ID to vote is still coming in. Backers of both tell the Grand Rapids Herald-Review they'll try again to get the measures passed.

While some Republicans expected the presence of the amendments on the ballot would mobilize their supporters, it instead seems to have motivated their opponents to turn out. The Star Tribune's Lori Sturdevant found that in precincts around college campuses voter turnout was much higher than two years ago.

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