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

Senate recount down to 387 ballots that will be opened and counted today

As the three-judge panel nears a decision, both sides are preparing for the next step.

Updated: April 07, 2009, - 08:53 AM

DFL dilemma: Education vs. health care

As the financial pie shrinks, the Legislature's DFL majority is battling itself over what must be reduced.

Updated: March 29, 2009, - 09:04 PM

Bill takes a bite out of war on crime

The freedom to steal act? A Minnesota Senate measure with shorter sentences and more fees has plenty of critics.

Updated: March 26, 2009, - 11:45 AM

Sex Offender Program needs $16M

Minnesota's controversial Sex Offender Program will run out of money next month unless a bill to cover a $16 million shortfall gets quick action in the state Senate.

Updated: March 25, 2009, - 09:18 PM

Half-cent sales tax is proposed for counties to offset cuts in state aid

Counties could add an extra half-cent to the sales tax to help make up for lost state aid and add...

Updated: March 23, 2009, - 08:54 PM

House DFLers propose $1.5 billion in tax increases to close budget gap

With three proposals on the table, legislators and Gov. Pawlenty now can start negotiating.

Updated: March 20, 2009, - 07:12 AM

Pawlenty budget plan eases up on cuts

Using stimulus funds, his budget boosts K-12 spending. DFLers say it masks trouble ahead.

Updated: March 18, 2009, - 09:37 AM

House DFL offers bold tax proposal

The revenue-neutral plan would limit a variety of deductions and credits used by many Minnesota families and businesses.

Updated: March 17, 2009, - 11:32 AM

Schools face a nearly $1 billion cut in DFL proposal

The Senate plan also includes a 7% budget cut that slices nearly across the board. Reaction made for unusual allies.

Updated: March 12, 2009, - 11:54 PM

Minnesota's budget deficit: $4.57B

With the $1.3 billion in federal help, the state still has a $4.57 billion spending gap for 2010-11.

Updated: March 04, 2009, - 12:14 AM

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