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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:44:25PM

Let the circus begin

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“The elephants now go round. The band begins to play. The boys around the monkey’s cage had better keep away. Van Amberg is the man who goes to all the shows. He sticks his head in the lion’s mouth and keeps it there a while. And when he takes it out again he greets you with a smile.”

This old song, celebrating a famous lion tamer, often comes to mind as our governor and state Legislature launch the annual 60-day session Tuesday. You wouldn’t think they could do too much damage in that short period of time, but they already have filed more than 1,300 bills. Some are just to make a campaign contributor or a lobbyist happy. Only about one bill in five will make it through the maze of committees and conflicting interests.

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