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 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 state burial site, this one to be located in Duluth's Jay Cooke State Park.

Updated: March 11, 2008, - 12:50 PM

Minnesota high court chief justice to step down

"It's time," says Russell Anderson, 66, who has been a judge for 25 years. His departure means Pawlenty will name his fourth justice and second chief to the court.

Updated: March 11, 2008, - 01:43 AM

Pawlenty's budget fix: Spend less, tax less

Facing an almost $1 billion deficit, he seeks cuts in health care and higher ed spending. He also is trying to offset new tax increases.

Updated: March 07, 2008, - 09:56 PM

A freeze to keep lenders at bay?

Minnesota homeowners facing the loss of their houses could stop foreclosures and make reduced payments for up to one year under a bill that will get its first legislative hearing today.

Updated: March 06, 2008, - 09:51 AM

Foreclosure help may be on the way

The Minnesota Senate passed bills to throw a lifeline to homeowners and renters at risk of going under.

Updated: March 03, 2008, - 11:34 PM

State faces 935 million questions on deficit

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFLers agree a $935 million projected deficit means budget slashing. The debate now turns to targets.

Updated: February 29, 2008, - 12:05 AM

Senate DFLers plan to vote today to oust Molnau

It would take a simple majority in the Senate either to confirm or oust state Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau, who also is the state's lieutenant governor.

Updated: February 28, 2008, - 07:32 AM

Minnesota could face $1 billion deficit

While the exact amount remains a secret until the state economic forecast is released Thursday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty left little doubt that the tidings will be grim: "It's going to be bad."

Updated: February 27, 2008, - 08:41 AM

Feb. 20: Poll: Franken gains ground on Coleman

The Rasmussen poll of likely voters in Minnesota also found that, in presidential matchups, Barack Obama led John McCain, but McCain led Hillary Clinton.

Updated: February 22, 2008, - 01:10 PM

Gov. Pawlenty imposes hiring freeze

The governor's spokesman says the state can only fill critical positions because of the projected deficit.

Updated: February 20, 2008, - 01:08 AM

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