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

U.S. Senate candidates spar in first of five meetings

Dean Barkley got in some of the hardest shots of the night, Norm Coleman defended his six-year career in the Senate and Al Franken linked Coleman's votes to campaign donations.

Updated: October 06, 2008, - 10:26 AM

Franni Franken gets personal in ad

Al Franken's wife talks about her alcoholism in an ad that seeks to humanize him and counter the GOP image of Franken as too ill-tempered to serve in the Senate.

Updated: October 02, 2008, - 09:20 PM

Franken conversation may have sparked 'SNL' McCain skit

What may have started as a phone call to an old friend has spiraled into the latest controversy to dog the Senate candidate.

Updated: September 22, 2008, - 11:42 AM

U.S. Senate: Coleman, Franken, Barkley cruise

After trouncing their primary opponents, Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, DFLer Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley are squaring off for a three-way free-for-all.

Updated: September 09, 2008, - 11:55 PM

'Change is coming:' McCain promises no more business as usual

John McCain served notice that he seeks the presidency to afflict the politically comfortable, a mission that has defined much of his political career.

Updated: September 05, 2008, - 10:09 AM

Today, it's McCain's town and his party

John McCain will make his case to the nation that a 72-year-old politician with 26 years in Congress can bring the fresh breath of reform that polls suggest the public wants.

Updated: September 04, 2008, - 10:49 AM

McCain draws praise in offstage curtain call

The convention got up to full speed as President Bush lauded John McCain in brief remarks from D.C., even as the GOP has reasons to keep distance between the two.

Updated: September 02, 2008, - 11:57 PM

A momentous occasion for all GOP women

Sarah Palin has taken the Republican world by storm since John McCain elevated her from near-obscurity. But she remains an unknown quantity to much of the American public, a USA Today/Gallup poll found.

Updated: September 01, 2008, - 11:21 PM

GOP's time to shine

As the Republicans take their turn presenting a four-day, highly choreographed political spectacle, the Twin Cities will put its best foot forward to make sure the delegates have a good time.

Updated: August 31, 2008, - 07:15 PM

Big play for the female vote

Some women say they wouldn't be willing to overlook policy differences just to break the glass ceiling.

Updated: August 29, 2008, - 09:37 PM

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