Politics with J. Patrick Coolican

Academics pulled into pre-K debate

Good morning. Rapid-fire newsletter before heading over to the Governor’s Residence for resumption of special session negotiations at 9 a.m.

This is either progress or lack of progress: Thursday’s talks turned into a sort of policy salon, Ricardo Lopez reports:

House Republicans and Gov. Mark Dayton each called in academic heavyweights to make their cases as negotiations over how Minnesota should deliver preschool instruction continued Thursday.

Nice comprehensive story on the differing visions. Also of note, layoff notices go out to 9,400 affected state workers Monday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders brings his presidential campaign to Minneapolis Sunday and more than 2,000 people had signed up as of Thursday afternoon.

Michael Brodkorb on the GOP loss in the 2016 RNC fight.

The mental health system will get a significant funding boost of $46 million, Chris Serres reports.

Washington and beyond

National economy shrank a bit in first quarter.

Bizarre indictment of former Speaker Denny Hastert.

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