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J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two young children

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Daily Reformer: Lewis and his no lose campaign

By: - January 24, 2020

Good morning! A programming note: I’m in Washington for meetings and will have no Daily Reformer on Friday.  This morning at the Reformer, Rilyn Eischens tallied up the 2018 CEO and worker pay at Minnesota’s Fortune 500s and determined CEOs make 278 times the pay of the average worker. The data is all there in […]

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate on Dec. 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Coolican: Amy Klobuchar and the scourge of the bullying boss

By: - January 23, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar shared the endorsement of The New York Times with Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week, one of several events indicating a wisp of momentum for our senior senator. Her legendary work ethic — which has taken her to all 99 Iowa counties in a replay of her approach here in Minnesota — seems […]

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Daily Reformer: Warsame leaving the council? Trouble at DHS

By: - January 21, 2020

Good afternoon! Toddler got a double ear infection so you’re getting your Daily Reformer during his nap. Let it be an epic nap! The mess gets messier: Dept. of Human Services CFO Alexandra Kotze is leaving to become CFO of Ramsey County. Last day Feb. 7.  Recall this Star Tribune story from November:  “The Minnesota […]

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Daily Reformer: Happy MLK Day

By: - January 21, 2020

Good morning and happy MLK Jr. Day. Government is closed for the day, but Daily Reformer is not.  Gov. Tim Walz was at the 30th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast at the Armory in Minneapolis this morning and then will host the 34th Annual MLK Day Celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in […]

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Daily Reformer: Klobuchar’s trouble on the home front

By: - January 17, 2020

Good afternoon!  Happy early voting day!  Read Aaron Booth’s Minnesota presidential primary primer, filled with recent polling and data-rich maps. It should give you a decent idea of the state’s current political profile, especially on the DFL side, which is where all the primary action is.  A side note: Aaron is a sharp but entirely […]

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Vice President Joe Biden | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Daily Reformer: Biden’s Irish grief & Gazelka lets his hair down

By: - January 16, 2020

Good morning! Exclusive on the Reformer: Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka gave an interview in November to Andrew Wommack, a televangelist with very conservative politics who makes all sorts of faith healing claims, including that his child rose from the dead cuz prayer. Anyway, Gazelka, who comes across as an avuncular, gentle soul around the […]

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Daily Reformer: Klobuchar takes credit for Minnesota civic activism

By: - January 15, 2020

Good morning!  New this morning: In an unsurprising hit to the presidential campaign of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, TakeAction Minnesota has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. The lefty grassroots groups boasts 50,000 members — a strong army of volunteers for Sanders campaign here.  The Dems debated with less than 3 weeks until Iowa. No one […]

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Daily Reformer: Who will be the next Senate minority leader?

By: - January 14, 2020

“You think they're going to take down one of their own when they have this reapportionment coming?”

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Welcome to the Minnesota Reformer

By: - January 14, 2020

Our family visited the Minnesota History Center last weekend, and I was struck by the simple power of an exhibit showing a tiny prairie homestead from the 1870s. It’s a dark, earthen hovel with little more than a bedroll and a stove. A video projection shows the harsh weather out the “window,” first rain and […]