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

Shrinking Minnesota budget would be first since '86

Pawlenty says state must do more than erase $4.8 billion deficit, but some will see a heavy cost.

Updated: January 27, 2009, - 11:05 PM

Pawlenty will tell plan today to deal with $5B budget deficit

Deep cuts are coming and more change is needed, said the governor, who will announce today a plan for the $5 billion deficit.

Updated: January 27, 2009, - 11:43 AM

Obama plan might mean big boost for pinched Minnesota

The federal stimulus could provide a key infusion of cash as Minnesota lawmakers try to tackle the $4.8 billion deficit.

Updated: January 23, 2009, - 12:07 PM

Pawlenty's deficit plan: Freeze, cut

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's State of the State address set the stage for a clash of wills with a heavily DFL-controlled Legislature.

Updated: January 15, 2009, - 10:59 PM

Pawlenty expected to call for cuts in every corner

When he gives his State of the State address, he will offer up a fiscally Spartan vision.

Updated: January 15, 2009, - 11:58 AM

Franken tries to sidestep courts

He asks Pawlenty, Ritchie to certify him as winner, but citing state law, they decline.

Updated: January 12, 2009, - 09:57 PM

Cutting costs may have had own price

Local ballot counting in the Senate recount saved the state $2 million, but varying standards is a key argument in the court case.

Updated: January 09, 2009, - 10:56 PM

A fiscal fitness test

How Gov. Tim Pawlenty stands up to the challenge of a $5.2 billion state budget deficit will largely shape his political future.

Updated: January 04, 2009, - 05:12 PM

Pawlenty's first slice: $271 million

The governor's emergency budget cuts hit health care, local governments and higher education hard -- and more is to come.

Updated: December 19, 2008, - 09:04 PM

Pawlenty plans to cut funds for local governments

Gov. Tim Pawlenty will cut money for cities and counties and for human services to make up for a $426 million short-term deficit.

Updated: December 19, 2008, - 03:13 PM

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