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

Pawlenty exhorts GOP to restore optimism of Reagan era

Speaking at the state party's convention, the governor said people deserve leaders "who are hopeful, optimistic, decent" and called upon Republicans to provide that leadership. Beforehand, he again demurred on talk of his vice presidential prospects.

Updated: May 31, 2008, - 12:14 PM

Coleman calls on GOP to be party of hope and toughness

Sen. Norm Coleman highlighted his bipartisan efforts and issued a call for Republicans to return to core principles that brought them to power.

Updated: May 30, 2008, - 10:22 PM

State Republicans have much work to do as they open convention in Rochester

With a U.S. senator up for reelection and a couple of national party stalwarts coming to Minnesota for the occasion, state Republicans know they have their work cut out for them.

Updated: May 30, 2008, - 08:13 AM


House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher has demonstrated her considerable leadership skills

Updated: May 20, 2008, - 02:50 PM

Debate brewing after Legislature OKs minimum-wage hike

The bill with a two-phased raise faced an uncertain future, as Gov. Tim Pawlenty has voiced objections.

Updated: May 09, 2008, - 09:30 PM

Legislators OK higher dropout age, minimum-wage hike

Legislators dropped the hammer on Minnesota teens, and passed a bill to raise the minimum wage in two stages. But a transportation policy bill that would have made the failure to wear seat belts a primary offense was sent back to a conference committee.

Updated: May 09, 2008, - 07:14 AM

House bill would remake tax picture

The bill, approved late Monday, would increase property tax relief for some but take away the state property tax deductions for all. That drew lots of criticism.

Updated: May 05, 2008, - 11:50 PM

Franken pays $70,000 back taxes, penalties

DFL candidate Al Franken, front-runner in the race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, said he has paid $70,000 in back taxes and penalties in 17 states.

Updated: April 30, 2008, - 08:32 AM

Business mishaps threaten Franken campaign

Just as he appears on the verge of securing the DFL endorsement to take on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Al Franken could be tripped up by missteps in the way his show business enterprise was run.

Updated: April 25, 2008, - 10:45 PM

New teen drivers: Be home by midnight

In an attempt to curb the highest teen driving death rate in the country, the Minnesota House on passed a bill that would crack down on new teen drivers, restricting both night driving and passenger loads.

Updated: April 24, 2008, - 11:33 PM

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