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

Ritchie is sued over voter-registration records

A group says that updates to Minnesota's registration system are lacking and that '08 vote totals exceed voters in the system by 406,000.

Updated: May 28, 2009, - 09:17 PM

Legislature: It's over -- No deal

Working to a truly bitter end, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned at midnight Monday, following a final gesture of defiance toward Gov. Tim Pawlenty, as the DFL-led House and Senate passed a massive $2.7 billion bill that would wipe out the state's deficit through a $1 billion tax increase and a one-time shift.

Updated: May 19, 2009, - 07:28 AM

Pawlenty offers spending cut, accounting shift

In a closed-door meeting with top legislators on Saturday morning, Gov. Tim Pawlenty offered to slice another $1.2 billion from the state spending and adopt a $1.8 billion accounting shift proposed by the House as a way to close the state's budget gap and end the session on time.

Updated: May 16, 2009, - 06:51 PM

State Capitol: No one budges on budget

Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't raise taxes or fees and DFL leaders refuse to borrow to deal with a $4.6 billion budget deficit. The Legislature has a May 18 deadline to adjourn.

Updated: May 13, 2009, - 07:42 AM

Legislature: Stalled near the finish line

As DFL lawmakers prepare for a possible special session, Pawlenty's offer to meet them halfway after his veto of their bill gets no takers.

Updated: May 12, 2009, - 12:13 PM

Gov. Pawlenty puts out alternative to $1 billion tax increase

In what he said was "the spirit of compromise," Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday put out his own alternative to a $1 billion tax increase he's vetoed that would balance the state's budget and close out the session.

Updated: May 11, 2009, - 04:51 PM

DFLers take aim at Pawlenty opposition to tax increases

As the May 18 adjournment of an exceptionally tense, high-stakes session looms, the DFLers who control the Minnesota House and Senate will try this week to mount a counteroffensive against the governor.

Updated: May 11, 2009, - 05:46 AM

Friday: DFLers bet on $1 billion tax increase

The proposal won House and Senate approval, but Pawlenty vowed to reject it quickly.

Updated: May 09, 2009, - 08:13 AM

DFL rams through a tax bill - of blanks

Republicans responded to the work-in-progress bill with harsh criticism.

Updated: May 07, 2009, - 10:57 PM

Minnesota House isn't close to meeting deadline

The prospect of a special session of the Minnesota Legislature appears to be growing as the days wind down with major bills still being debated.

Updated: May 07, 2009, - 12:21 PM

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