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In Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk appear to have mended fences and appeared together to promote Dayton’s transportation plans and attack a GOP proposal. (MPR News)

Meanwhile, Republicans in the Minnesota House are starting to release some specifics on what they intend to do to fund the state’s transportation system. (MPR News)

Minnesota Senate Republicans want to dismantle Minneapolis Public Schools and create six smaller school districts in an attempt to close one of the state’s largest achievement gaps. (Star Tribune)

Minnesota House Republicans have passed their top education policy bill of the session, but its prospects for becoming law appear dim. Lawmakers voted 70 to 63 — largely along party lines — in favor of the measure, which makes changes in teacher seniority and licensing rules. (MPR News)

Minnesota’s sex offender program is moving a record number of rapists, pedophiles and other convicted offenders through treatment and toward supervised release into the community, a top official testified as the state presented its side in a landmark trial challenging the program’s constitutionality. (Star Tribune)

National Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is putting off a vote on an Iran bill amid confusion and backlash about his endgame. (USA Today)

Senate Democrats intensified their push for a vote on the confirmation of Loretta E. Lynch as attorney general, arguing that her nomination should not be held up because Republicans are angry with President Obama over executive action on immigration. (New York Times)

After two days of silence, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the controversy surrounding her use of a personal email address during her tenure as secretary of state, saying she had asked the State Department to release her emails. (Politico)

Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black leaders. (Politico)

Congressional Republicans have long been on an elusive hunt for a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but a group of them, including Rep. John Kline, think they’ve come up with the solution. (MinnPost)

And finally…Sledders, 1; Capitol Hill Police, 0 (Washington Post)

Republicans in the Minnesota House are starting to release some specifics on what they intend to do to fund the state’s transportation system.

House Transportation Committee Chair Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, says he will release the plan in a few weeks. He won’t say how much it will cost but said it would be “substantial.”

“We’ve got a lot of tools available to us and we’re just in the process of putting it all together,” Kelly said.

Kelly said the options he’s considering include a using portion of the state’s $1.9 billion surplus, bonding and dedicating existing tax revenue from rental cars, auto parts sales and leased vehicles.

“If we take those funds on an ongoing basis and dedicate those funds to roads and bridges and infrastructure and maintenance,  that’s a logical step,” Kelly said. “I would think the department [Minnesota Department of Transportation] would presume that would be sustainable funding.”

Kelly emphasized again that the House Republicans will not raise taxes to fund transportation.

Gov. Dayton and Senate Democrats want to raise the gas tax and vehicle registration fees to pay for $6 billion in road and bridge projects over the next decade.

They held a news conference today to criticize Republicans for not having a specific plan.

Good morning!

In Minnesota

News that the state’s projected budget surplus has expanded to nearly $1.9 billion has taken some of the urgency out of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s argument that Minnesota needs a 16-cent per gallon tax increase on fuel to pay for an array of new road projects. (MPR News)

Dayton, whose family founded Target, wants to meet with the company’s CEO to discuss coming layoffs and Target’s commitment to Minnesota. (MPR News)

Dayton is slamming a proposal to create a new legislative budget office, calling it unnecessary and unproductive. (MPR News)

A measure that would offer couples the option to divorce outside the authority of Minnesota courts has the backing of two legislators who say they want to start a conversation about how marriages end, but family law attorneys argue that the legislation is impractical — and unconstitutional. (Star Tribune)

A long running debate has resumed at the Capitol over whether Minnesota craft breweries should be allowed to sell 64 ounce bottles of beer on Sundays. (MPR News)

Republican control of the Minnesota House is helping abortion opponents make their case this year. (Star Tribune)

No lakes and only a few streams in Minnesota’s southwest corner meet the state’s quality standards for fishing and swimming. (MPR News)

National Politics

With yet another do-or-die test of Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, the justices were sharply divided. By the end of the argument, it was clear that the outcome will be determined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. (NPR)

Sen. Al Franken said opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raised a “ridiculous” argument at the Supreme Court. (Star Tribune)

Republicans say they’re working on alternatives to the ACA if the Supreme Court strikes down more of the law. But it appears they’re still a long way away from reaching consensus. (USA Today)

The House committee examining the 2012 attacks on American outposts in Benghazi sent a subpoena to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lawyer, requesting all emails she had in her personal account as secretary of state that relate to Libya. (New York Times)

An unusual request has gone out to wealthy donors writing large checks to support former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Please don’t give more than $1 million right away. (Washington Post)