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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: All-women senior staff surrounds Dayton

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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton already has departed from current Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's ways.

While Pawlenty's staff is male-dominated, the first key appointments in the Dayton administration are all women, mostly those who worked on his campaign or transition staffs.


Tina Flint Smith will be his chief of staff, the person who usually is the gatekeeper in the governor's office.

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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.