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Patrick Condon

Washington Bureau Chief | Politics and government
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Patrick Condon is the Star Tribune's Washington bureau chief. He was previously the paper's politics/government team leader, supervising a team of reporters who cover Minnesota politics in St. Paul and Washington. He has worked at the Star Tribune since 2014 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Associated Press.


Condon grew up in Watertown, Minn., and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with degrees in journalism and English. He lives in Minneapolis.
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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, speaks during the Blue Commonwealth Gala, hosted by the Democrat

Sen. Amy Klobuchar sets first 100 days goals

Lengthy proposal from Minnesota Democrat would overturn most of President Donald Trump's orders, policies.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted a town hall with constituents in Northfield, Minn.

Swing district Minnesota Democrats Craig, Phillips wary of impeachment

Activists are pressing to move forward, but Angie Craig, Dean Phillips are undecided.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar delivered her victory speech on Election Night in 2018.

Rep. Ilhan Omar jointly filed tax returns prior to legal marriage

Questions about Omar's complicated marriage and immigration history resurfaced Thursday when a state campaign finance board revealed that she and Ahmed Hirsi filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 — a period when she was legally married to another man.
Rep. Ilhan Omar in New Hope in March.

Minn. board fines Rep. Omar, says she must reimburse campaign

The repayment amount represents what the board determined is the campaign funds used in 2016 and 2017 for purposes not permitted by state law.
U.S. Republican Reps. Pete Stauber, left, and Jim Hagedorn

Trump doesn't have unanimous support from Minnesota's two new GOP congressmen

One is all in on the Trump agenda, while the other has made bipartisan moves.
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar speaks during a roundtable discussion on health car

Meghan McCain asks Klobuchar not to talk about her father on campaign trail

The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain has asked U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to stop talking about her late father on the presidential campaign trail.The…
“I’m willing to have a conversation and work with anyone to find a compromise,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said. Above, Omar spoke at an iftar dinner on Ca

Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for a reset of American foreign policy

From her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and with a growing international reputation, the former refugee is wading into debates over various global hot spots and controversies.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the Machinists Union Legislative Conference, Tuesday May 7, 2019, in Wash

Klobuchar: Trump 'using immigrants as pawns'

Klobuchar has not yet released her own comprehensive immigration proposal as a presidential candidate.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn, shown in October with President Donald Trump at a Rochester rally, represents a heavily agricultural swath of Minnesota.

Minnesota Republicans in Congress back Trump on China tariffs

Reps. Hagedorn, Emmer, Stauber all say China needs to be reined in.
“It started to feel weird that I wasn’t just saying, ‘Hey, I’m relating to this personally,’ ” said Sen. Tina Smith, about going public

Sen. Tina Smith reveals her own past depression in push for mental health funding

Senator pushing legislation to get mental health services in schools.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Milwaukee that was shown on Fox News.

Klobuchar touts her progressive record at Fox News town hall

The Minnesota Democrat pitched her presidential campaign message on a station whose viewers are not necessarily inclined to support Democrats.
Kelly D. Holstine, Minnesota's most recent Teacher of the Year, at the banquet in 2018 when she received the honor. On Monday, Holstine boycotted a Wh

2018 Minnesota teacher of year boycotts White House visit

Kelly Holstine, Minnesota's 2018 teacher of the year, is one of just two teachers to skip an Oval Office meeting over objections to President Trump's policies, words.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Famous father's drinking shaped Klobuchar's life, politics

A quarter of a century later, fighting to break through in the Democratic presidential contest, Amy Klobuchar has made her father's battle with drinking a central part of the story she's telling voters around the country.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., questions Attorney General William Barr as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee about special counsel Rober

Klobuchar grills Barr on 'pattern' of obstruction

In a subsequent interview Klobuchar stopped short of saying she thinks Trump committed a crime.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House, Friday April 26, 2019, as he leaves Washington headed to Indianapolis to spe

Minn. Democrats in Congress mostly cool to impeachment — for now

Freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar is alone in pressing now for articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup in Washington in March.

Some Democrats return Omar campaign donations

While embattled Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar fends off attacks from President Donald Trump, two fellow Democrats, including a fellow House freshman, have declined political…
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., campaigns in Eau Claire, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to appear in Fox News town hall

Klobuchar is the latest Democrat to agree to a televised sit-down with a network disdained by many Democrats.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts and the U.S. economy Monday in B

Trump cites Minnesota economy as he touts tax cuts

Trump recited a number of GOP selling points for the tax cuts, which Democrats opposed for conferring most of its benefits on the wealthy and large corporations.
President Donald Trump welcomed Minnesota then-Congressional candidate for Pete Stauber on stage at an event in June 2018.

Trump returns to Minnesota with eye on 2020 election

Burnsville visit is seen as an opening gambit in fiercely contested bid for the state in 2020.
President Donald Trump listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in speak during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11,

Trump will discuss economy, tax cuts at Burnsville business Monday

Trump will appear at Nuss Truck and Equipment on Monday, which is the deadline for filing income taxes.
The new controversy follows a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar delivered on March 23 for the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR.

Rep. Omar faces heat from right over 9/11 remark: 'Some people did something'

Murdoch-owned N.Y. Post takes aim at her on cover.
Minnesota U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips tasted hotdish entries at the annual culinary competition Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

International flair for the win at congressional delegation hotdish contest

Minnesota lawmakers in Washington cook to bridge the partisan divide.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat, shown in January during a town hall meeting in Burnsville.

Health care fixes scramble political divide in Washington

A bill in Washington to lower insurance premiums has hit an odd GOP wall.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, far left, and U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, third from left, participate in a press conference of House Democrats in November 2018. (

GOP-backed ad hits Rep. Dean Phillips over Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

Washington – A digital ad campaign launched Wednesday by a Republican advocacy group calls on U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips to demand the resignation of…
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at the Heartland Forum held on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lak

Sen. Amy Klobuchar courts Iowans with rural emphasis

Back in Iowa, the Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate is laying out her strategy.
President Donald Trump presented Trevor Oliver, 22, the Medal of Honor for his father, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Minnesota man accepts Medal of Honor for father killed in Iraq

Father of Trevor Oliver of Coon Rapids was killed shielding fellow soldiers.
Rep. Ilhan Omar listened as nursing assistant Christina Wilson spoke during a press conference on the impacts of the DED cancellation Thursday in New

Can Rep. Ilhan Omar turn page after string of controversies?

Additional controversies could lead to Democratic primary challenge in 2020.
Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Betty McCollum talked in their box at the Fitzgerald Theater before the start of swearing in ceremonies for Governor Ti

Minn. Democrats in Congress want full Mueller report; GOP says move on

Minnesota Republicans: 'Time to move forward for the good' of U.S.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), left, talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a news conference about the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, ou

Anti-hate resolution passes House after Rep. Omar uproar

The resolution condemning bigotry in many forms is a response to controversy kicked up by Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment about Israel.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats David Trone of Maryland, left, and Andy Levin, of Michigan, right, at a session of the House Educ

House Democrats grapple with fallout from Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks on Israel

Leaders of the House's Democratic majority were forced to delay a planned vote on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Friday, “I know I can push people too hard.”

Klobuchar says she'll 'do better' in treatment of staffers

The Minnesota senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate responds to reports that she is hard on employees.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Sen. Klobuchar says she supports legalization of marijuana

Presidential candidate says "states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, speaks to voters during a campaign stop at the Village Trestle in Goffstown, N.H., on Monday.

Klobuchar woos New Hampshire with message of independence

Sen. Amy Klobuchar brought her message of grit and electability to New Hampshire on Monday, where she has just under a year to make an impression with the state's Democratic voters if her presidential campaign is to grow legs outside the Midwest.
Rep. Ilhan Omar on the day she was sworn into Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington.

Omar apologizes for causing hurt, hopes to rebuild trust

Rep. Ilhan Omar insisted Friday that she is not anti-Semitic, and that she regrets a tweet that was widely condemned for perpetuating Jewish stereotypes because it undermined her own attempts to foster cultural harmony.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, walks from her new office in the Longworth House Office Buil

Omar hits back at Trump, saying he has 'trafficked in hate whole life'

Trump said Tuesday that Omar should resign or at least leave her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee after her tweet was decried as anti-Semitic.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., Feb. 12, 2019.

Trump calls Rep. Omar apology 'lame,' says she should resign

Asked by reporters about controversial Omar remarks, Trump says she should either resign Congress or from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wipes snow from her hair after announcing she is running for president of the United States, at Boom Island Park, Sunday, Feb.

Sen. Klobuchar joins 2020 fray: 'I'm running for every American'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will test her hometown brand on the national stage as she throws her hat into the ring for the 2020 race to be the President of the United States.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has scheduled an outdoor rally along the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Klobuchar prepares to mix it up with expected presidential bid

The Minnesota senator is widely expected to announce this afternoon that she's running for president in 2020.
If Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins the 2020 race, her proximity to Iowa will be an advantage.

Sen. Klobuchar will announce Sunday if she's running for president

She will make her announcement at a 1 p.m. event at Boom Island Park, across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis.
The dome of the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington, Jan. 22, 2019. Another partial government shutdown looms in less than two weeks.

Ban government shutdowns? It's on the table in D.C.

And Minnesota freshmen in Congress are among those trying to end tactic.
Reporters followed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Eye on possible White House bid, Klobuchar plans D.C. agenda

The Minnesota senator, considering a national campaign, is pushing affordable prescriptions, social media privacy in Congress.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), right, addresses a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport accompanied by c

Rep. Ilhan Omar wants child care reimbursed for federal employees working without pay

As federal shutdown drags on, Minnesota Democrat and colleagues seek to cover child-care costs for unpaid federal workers.
Rep. Betty McCollum checked her phone at the Fitzgerald Theater before the start of swearing in ceremonies for Governor Tim Walz and other constitutio

Well-connected Rep. McCollum quietly accumulates D.C. power

The 12 women and men who chair House Appropriations subcommittees — they're called "Cardinals" around Capitol Hill — have long been seen as among the most powerful members of Congress. Rep. Betty McCollum, whose district encompasses Ramsey County, is now one of them.
Minnesota Rep.-elects Jim Hagedorn and Angie Craig spoke on the House floor before the swearing-in ceremony.

Minnesota's U.S. House newcomers join committees

A lawmaker's committee slots usually dictate their legislative focus.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.,

Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks shutdown in weekly Democratic address

Minnesota senator calls on Trump, McConnell to end shutdown; highlights Minnesota federal employee working without pay.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jan. 17: Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'He is compromised'

The freshman House Democrat from Minnesota tweeted without evidence that Republican South Carolina senator is "compromised." She wrote: "They got to him." She later called her tweet "just an opinion."
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips on the floor of the U.S. House on Jan. 3, 2019.

Rep. Dean Phillips part of Problem Solvers meeting with Trump

The Minnesota Democrat is part of a small bipartisan group of House members that met with President Trump today at the White House to talk about the shutdown.
Attorney General nominee William Barr collects his papers as he departs for a lunch break during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar presses AG nominee on shutdown, Mueller

Minnesota senator ran through litany of issues in brief series of exchanges with President Trump's attorney general choice, William Barr.
Brian Garthwaite, an FDA compliance officer who is currently furloughed and president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3381, h

As shutdown drags on, Minnesota's federal lawmakers hold to party line

Democrats back measures to reopen shuttered agencies, while Republicans back Trump's call for border wall.
Congressman-elect Dean Phillips tried to figure out where some of his Minnesota memorabilia would go in his new congressional office in the Longworth

Minnesota's new U.S. House members chase committee slots

New members usually don't get the plum spots.
Ilhan Omar was one of five new Representatives sworn in on the House floor. Her three children were with her as new Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore them in

5 new Minnesota lawmakers join Congress amid shutdown fight

More than half of Minnesota's members of the U.S. House are new faces.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she's "close to a decision" on whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to decide soon on presidential bid

Minnesota senator hasn't made a final decision but has thoughts on message, political path.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

McCollum joins congressional trip to Burma, facing humanitarian crisis

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Bangladesh last week with a goal of addressing…
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, shown with House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin in May.

Minnesota House speaker reverses course, backs legislative raises

House speaker relents on salary decision after facing lawsuit.
Seating chart: Travis Waite of the House Chief Clerk's office got nameplates ready in the refurbished House Chamber ahead of the start of Tuesday's le

Uncertainty greets Dayton, lawmakers in new year, session

Minnesota's legislative session begins Tuesday in the newly reopened and freshly refurbished State Capitol, but the familiar surroundings are the only sure things.
Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert has written a novel about a 1917 true-crime case.

Century-old ax murder case is grist for Capitol insider's true-crime novel

When Marty Seifert was very little, he would ride with his father past an abandoned farmstead near their own southwestern Minnesota property and ask: “How…
Gov. Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt in August

Special session elusive as Dayton, Daudt hurl accusations

Ending 2016 as it began, the two are again trading barbs over the need to convene legislators.
Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles in his St. Paul office.

Legislative auditor relishes role as monitor of state's decision-makers

Minnesota government's watchdog-in-chief, Jim Nobles, questions authority — no matter the authority.
Mayor Chris Coleman greeted guests prior to announcing that he wasn't going to run for another term for St. Paul's top office. Now Coleman is running

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman officially running for governor

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday he is running for governor of Minnesota in 2018, as he tries to leverage his leadership of the…
Gov. Mark Dayton, shown in October, made what it likely a final push for a short session of the Legislature before the end of the year.

Special session deal continues to elude Dayton, lawmakers

Governor wants to take action on taxes, public works and premiums, but a deal with GOP has been elusive.
Rep. Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, will lead Minnesota House Democrats.

Persistence paid off for new minority leader of Minnesota House

Rep. Melissa Hortman, the new leader of Minnesota House Democrats, ran for her seat twice — and lost twice — before finally prevailing in 2004.…
Gov. Mark Dayton earlier in the month

Gov. Dayton walks out of public meeting over Capitol art controversy

Governor charges political motives by GOP lawmaker in squabble over Civil War paintings in Capitol.
Republican Stewart Mills marched in the Cloquet Labor Day parade.

Mills to seek recount after close loss in NE. Minn.

Republican Mills says that there are no allegations of voter fraud but that close margin demands thorough tally of votes
Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions looked nervous as the Governor's turkey eyeballed a tray of Jenni-O turkey products next to him. Governor Mark Da

Dayton celebrates Minnesota turkey industry

Governor and turkey growers celebrate successful 2016 with no new avian flu reports.
Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, center, said the Republican shift in rural Minnesota has been trending since 2010.

Rural Republican gains send a strong message to the State Capitol

According to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, rural legislators now make up more than 60 percent of the House and Senate GOP majorities.
Thursday, DFL state Rep. Erin Murphy of St. Paul was first to officially enter the race, and numerous others who might run are quietly courting donors

Last election barely past, Minnesota's next governor's race gets going

Dayton's plans to retire leave many in both parties eyeing runs.
Erin Murphy

DFL state Rep. Erin Murphy is first to jump into 2018 governor's race

DFLer, a former House majority leader, is first to file in '18 statewide race.
Ed Rush stood in front of a bus at his home that he and his son painted to show their support for Donald Trump in Pierz, Minn.

How Trump almost won Minnesota

The Republican president-to-be won in a number of greater Minnesota counties that were previously won by Barack Obama in 2012, while Hillary Clinton racked up her Minnesota-winning tally in the bigger cities.
Sara Pearce holds a sign from a guest during an election party for Wellesley College alumni supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clint

Clinton narrowly wins Minnesota with 46.4% vs. Trump's 45%

Minnesota has backed a Democrat for president every four years going back to 1976, but Trump made a late play.
Krissy Becker, Tom Hackworthy, and Kathy Hackworthy watched election results Tuesday night at the Agave Kitchen in Hudson, Wis. Said one Trump support

Wisconsin's move to the Trump column makes history

HUDSON, Wis. – Wisconsin found itself a pivotal player in Tuesday night’s presidential election, as the state swung toward Republican Donald Trump and shattered…
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks Wednesday during a campaign rally in Miami.

Donald Trump to hold rally today in Twin Cities; Pence in Duluth Monday

His running mate, Mike Pence, will visit Duluth on Monday.
Lake Elmo Fire Station on Luverne Avenue is one of two polling places for Lake Elmo residents. In the heart of the Twin Cities’ politically divided

Partisan split in Lake Elmo mirrors sharp rift nationwide

Voters in this east metro city have consistently split their presidential choices nearly straight down the middle. The race will be decided in battlegrounds like this one.
In Eau Claire on Tuesday night, Donald Trump touched on several campaign promises — building a wall along the Mexican border, cutting federal income

In push, Trump targets states considered in Democratic camp

Among the GOP's nominee stops was a campus rally in Eau Claire that also included Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, once a Trump rival.
Minnesota Donald Trump supporters waved flags and banners from an overpass on I-35W in northeast Minneapolis on Thursday night.

Trump die-hards in Minnesota find a Clinton win unthinkable

The Trump campaign might be giving Minnesota a fresh look.
In an important measure of momentum, Hillary Clinton seized the lead from Donald Trump among independent voters, a group he had been winning in the pr

2016 Minnesota Poll: Clinton widens lead over Trump to 8 points

Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump is 2 points larger than in the last Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, in mid-September. She holds a huge lead in the state's two most populous counties, Hennepin and Ramsey.
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