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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: 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 […]