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 unveils package of tax breaks

Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed what he called the "mother lode of tax breaks" to companies that create so-called green jobs in the burgeoning field of renewable energy.

Updated: November 10, 2008, - 10:39 PM

Minnesotans try to sort out the lessons of '08

Republicans take some solace in blocking a veto-proof state House majority, while the Obama triumph should give Minnesota more influence in the new Congress.

Updated: November 05, 2008, - 10:48 PM

Senate race 100% counted: Coleman on top

With 100 percent of the 4,130 precincts reporting, Sen. Norm Coleman had an unofficial margin of several hundred votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Challenger Al Franken said this morning he would exercise his right to a recount.

Updated: November 05, 2008, - 05:17 PM

Final U.S. Senate debate a punishing, verbal slugfest

Franken, Coleman and Barkley blasted one another as audience members cheered, booed, hissed and even catcalled.

Updated: November 03, 2008, - 11:34 AM

Split decisions could be key to election

Voters who cross party lines on the same ballot could hold the key to a race's outcome.

Updated: October 28, 2008, - 06:49 AM

Obama, Coleman lead in new state poll

The St. Cloud State survey has the White House race tight and the Senate incumbent moving ahead of Franken.

Updated: October 24, 2008, - 09:57 PM

6 Minnesota politicians' homes defaced

Vandals struck the garages and homes of six Minnesota members of Congress, spray-painting graffiti that called for them to resign and included a biblical reference to "Psalm 2."

Updated: October 23, 2008, - 11:48 AM

Minnesota Poll: 3-way Senate race up for grabs with 2 weeks left

The numbers behind the tightening U.S. Senate contest between Al Franken and Norm Coleman show support for Dean Barkley is significant but also shallow.

Updated: October 21, 2008, - 10:58 AM

Al Franken: On a serious mission

From comedian to candidate. From satire to public policy. It's a difficult leap, but Al Franken is determined to make it.

Updated: October 19, 2008, - 06:56 PM

Coleman withdraws all negative ads

He says that during the financial crisis, instead of adding to the "negativity," politics should "lift people up with hope." His opponents expressed skepticism.

Updated: October 10, 2008, - 10:03 PM

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