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Political notebook: All-women senior staff surrounds Dayton; governor's mansion going to the dogs

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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.

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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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