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Family wins vote for daughter

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ST. PAUL - Travis Johnson's elbows rested on the seat back in front of him, his hands propping up his head.

His wife, Lynn Johnson, sat solemnly watching Minnesota House debate that she said often "went over my head." In front of her rested a legislative directory she picked up from time to time to identify each representative as one after another rose to speak.

Next to her was her mother, Dianne Herman, sitting in silence, the drone of lawmakers' speeches in the background.

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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.
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