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

State health care bill passes key hurdle

A measure that would radically alter the health scene got the state Senate's preliminary OK but faces a rough road.

Updated: March 27, 2008, - 09:27 PM

Coleman takes to the campaign trail, again

Announcing his reelection bid, the Republican senator says he will contrast his pragmatic approach and measured partisanship to his leading Democratic opponent's fiery rhetoric.

Updated: March 27, 2008, - 11:58 AM

Huge health care bill spikes a nasty fever

DFLers say Pawlenty withdrew promised support; his spokesman disputes that. Either way, passage looks likely, and a veto is possible.

Updated: March 25, 2008, - 10:49 PM

At rally, Franken outlines objectives

The DFL Senate hopeful also took aim at Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, saying, "George W. Bush and Norm Coleman have taken this country in the wrong direction."

Updated: March 25, 2008, - 09:28 PM

Andover legislator is first casualty of the 'Override Six'

Rep. Kathy Tingelstad is a veteran GOP member of the state House who bucked her party to vote to override the transportation veto. She will not seek reelection.

Updated: March 24, 2008, - 11:20 PM

Will Obama's speech get lost in wide racial divide?

The Democratic presidential hopeful's call for a national conversation about race because of an adviser's angry sermons brought forth the nodding of heads, the shaking of them and plenty in between.

Updated: March 21, 2008, - 08:20 PM

Attorney Eric Magnuson is named new chief justice

The prominent appellate lawyer has led the judicial selection commission for Gov. Pawlenty. He will be the first person who is not a justice to take the top job in decades.

Updated: March 17, 2008, - 09:01 PM

Prof who ousted Ciresi eyes Franken

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer says he won't rest until DFL endorses him for Senate.

Updated: March 17, 2008, - 11:09 AM

New veterans' cemetery planned near Duluth

Gov. Pawlenty said the site, to be located on 60 acres at Jay Cooke State Park, would reflect the state's gratitude.

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

Pawlenty seeks soldier burial site in Duluth state park

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today that with the nation engaged in a multi-front war, Minnesota must plan for a second site, this one to be located in Jay Cooke State Park southeast of Duluth.

Updated: March 11, 2008, - 01:07 PM

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