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

Franken, Coleman continue to spar over Iraq

Senate campaigns disagree on the war, including the role generals should play in deciding when to withdraw.

Updated: June 17, 2008, - 09:46 PM

Franken's first ad focuses on Iraq war

The DFL endorsee's ad says the U.S. has poured money into Iraq while problems fester at home. Meanwhile, Coleman said he would focus on the candidates' records.

Updated: June 16, 2008, - 09:05 PM

Coleman introduces 'shared vision' TV ad

Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said he's in the "business of serving people," but his DFL foe said he's in the business of serving business.

Updated: June 11, 2008, - 08:57 PM

Franken gets blunt about Sen. Coleman

The harsh assessment came during the newly endorsed DFLer's kickoff rally Monday at the State Capitol. Officials with the Republican's campaign were just as brusque in response.

Updated: June 09, 2008, - 11:16 PM

Franken sweeps to endorsement

The former comedian apologized for over-the-top essays, and won approval from delegates in a single ballot.

Updated: June 08, 2008, - 07:58 AM

Franken apologizes, wins DFL support

Endorsed by acclamation, he vowed to take the election battle to Sen. Norm Coleman, while bracing for more attacks.

Updated: June 07, 2008, - 11:52 PM

Potential contenders look to '10

It's 2008, but 2010 is on the minds of a few top DFLers - the 2010 governor's race, that is.

Updated: June 06, 2008, - 09:56 PM

Planned Parenthood email blasts 'degrading' Franken essay

DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken took another blow today with news that Planned Parenthood has gone on the offensive against the comedian for a comic soft-porn piece he once wrote for Playboy magazine.

Updated: June 05, 2008, - 02:07 PM

Gore warmly endorses Franken

The former vice president lavished praise on the former entertainer, but Rep. Jim Oberstar urged Franken to "disown" the Playboy satire that has lately dogged him.

Updated: June 04, 2008, - 09:05 PM

Pawlenty looks ahead by looking back

The governor evoked the spirit of Reagan by citing a need to energize voters via hope and optimism.

Updated: May 31, 2008, - 07:26 PM

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