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Minn. governor's race settled

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 20, 2010

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The Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature will be balanced by Gov.-elect Mark Dayton, a Democrat. He won the race when Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer conceded on Dec. 8.

Dayton will replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican who made national headlines when he ordered state agencies not to accept federal funding from the national health reform law without his office's approval. Dayton said he would end that policy and welcome federal health funding.

Minnesota Medical Assn. President Patricia Lindholm, MD, said the association looks forward to working with the incoming governor on health system reform, including possibly on an early Medicaid expansion.

"The MMA shares Gov.-elect Dayton's support of maximizing federal assistance to maintain and rebuild Minnesota's health care safety net," Dr. Lindholm said.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/12/20/gvbf1220.htm.

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