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

A new session, a familiar divide

Even before Minnesota's legislators reconvene today, leaders are jostling over divergent agendas.

Updated: February 11, 2008, - 11:46 PM

Early battle looms over transportation bill

DFLers will propose a measure that includes tax increases, including one in the gas tax, to provide an infusion of money for the state's roads and bridges.

Updated: February 11, 2008, - 05:40 PM

Looming recession, shortfall questions will shape '08 session

Pocketbook issues are the norm for the Legislature, but transportation and taxes are taking on new urgency this year.

Updated: February 09, 2008, - 09:44 PM

Packed state caucuses go for Obama, Romney

Swept up in the fever of taking part in what amounted to a national primary, Minnesotans virtually stormed their caucus sites. Democrat Barack Obama cruised to a blow-out victory over rival Hillary Clinton, while Republican Mitt Romney scored a decisive triumph over John McCain.

Updated: February 06, 2008, - 08:10 AM

Working to step out of presidential shadows

For Senate campaigns, the caucuses are all about turning out committed supporters who stand up among the crowds.

Updated: February 04, 2008, - 08:35 AM

Pawlenty on the road again for McCain

The Minnesota governor heads to Illinois tomorrow to try to lock up that state's 70 delegates for Sen. John McCain on Super Tuesday.

Updated: February 01, 2008, - 11:07 AM

Minnesota becomes destination for candidates, their surrogates

With just a week to go before Minnesota joins the presidential fray, candidates and their helpers are descending on the state.

Updated: January 28, 2008, - 09:07 PM

Pawlenty joins global- warming radio ad

The governors of Minnesota and Arizona take to the airwaves to urge Congress to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Updated: January 23, 2008, - 10:16 PM

Light rail project too costly: Pawlenty

With public works funding increasingly tight, Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a stern warning today that escalating costs and lack of agreement may jeopardize the Central Corridor Light Rail transit line between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Updated: January 23, 2008, - 03:48 PM

NWA pilots set merger conditions

Also Thursday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested the option of financial inducements to ensure a major airline's presence.

Updated: January 18, 2008, - 12:07 AM

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