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Dayton gives health-care protesters the mic

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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton's first official act as Minnesota governor, signing up for a federal medical program, drew a large protest and he handed over microphone to three people who oppose his action.


Dayton's staff allowed protesters into the Governor's Reception Room, something that seldom happened in the past, and scuffles developed when state troopers tried to prevent the group taking in signs questioning the constitutionality of the state accepting federal health care money.

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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.