Patricia Lopez

Political Editor | State and national politics
Phone: 651-2673-7028, cell: 612-599-2654
Patricia Lopez is the Star Tribune’s political editor, supervising coverage for state and national politics. Lopez started at the Star Tribune in 1992, as Minneapolis City Hall reporter. She moved to the state Capitol in 1994. Before becoming political editor, Lopez was the Star Tribune’s chief political reporter, covering the governor, U.S. Senate races and the state budget.

Recent content from Patricia Lopez

Poll: Franken, Coleman tied, with Barkley seen as spoiler

Franken's numbers are up, but Independence Party's Barkley appeals to voters who don't like either major-party candidate.

Updated: August 22, 2008, - 09:58 PM

Franken to make quick trip to Denver

The DFL candidate for Senate will be at Monday's opener and will speak to the Minnesota delegation, but then will return home and spend the week at the State Fair.

Updated: August 19, 2008, - 11:02 PM

Franken: Vets should get lifetime health care

"The promises we made to those in uniform are not optional, " the Senate candidate said at a Hopkins VFW.

Updated: August 19, 2008, - 08:51 PM

Franken is target of tough ads - from DFLer

Senate hopeful Priscilla Lord Faris takes aim at the party endorsee's baggage.

Updated: August 06, 2008, - 09:09 PM

Coleman, Franken talk fuel, farms

Face to face at FarmFest but no fireworks - Al Franken and Norm Coleman touted energy plans, helping state farmers.

Updated: August 06, 2008, - 12:09 AM

Stand-in and Franken ad link Bush to Sen. Coleman

The political theater and the TV spot didn't have state Republicans laughing. They asked stations to pull the ad.

Updated: August 04, 2008, - 10:50 PM

Pawlenty unveils plan to revamp health care system in Minnesota

Pawlenty's health care plan would allow patients to view records on secure websites and use debit cards to tap flexible spending accounts. For 50,000 state employees, it could be a reality by next year.

Updated: July 29, 2008, - 11:22 PM

Pawlenty remains a veep contender, but he's not talking

And neither are the McCain and Obama camps as anticipation builds about their choices.

Updated: July 29, 2008, - 10:04 PM

Running mate speculation picks up steam (if that's possible)

The presidential veepstakes is heating up; could it produce a battle of the Twin Cities Tims?

Updated: July 29, 2008, - 06:25 PM

Pawlenty dodges the veep question -- sort of

A more comfortable Gov. Tim Pawlenty took time after a major health care policy rollout Tuesday to talk about his vice presidential prospects.

Updated: July 29, 2008, - 03:19 PM

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