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Patrick Condon

Washington Bureau Chief | Politics and government
Phone: 202-662-7452
Location: Minneapolis
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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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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addressed supporters at an event to open his first campaign office in the state.

Michael Bloomberg opens Minneapolis campaign office with an eye on November

"I have an interest in making sure this state remains blue," said the presidential candidate. He'll soon open 7 more offices.
A voter exits the voting booth at Transit Town Hall in Sibley County, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

D.C. Democrats sue to overturn Minnesota voter assistance ban

The challenge is to Minnesota law that prevents any individual from helping more than three people fill out ballot, submit absentee.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington as the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump prepares to

Impeachment trial pulls Amy Klobuchar from campaign trail in Iowa

Minnesota senator's family, friends and surrogates must fill the campaign void.
Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. at the Arlington Convention Center in

Favored nationally, Joe Biden remains a muted presence in Minnesota

The former vice president is focusing on states with more delegates and larger black constituencies.
Jared Mollenkof votes at the Minneapolis Early Voting Center on Friday in Minneapolis. Mollenkof and Davis Senseman arrived the night before so they c

Minnesota voters eager to be first, but there could be a reason to wait

Minnesota is among the first in the country to get to vote in this year’s Democratic presidential contest, though a small handful of states with…
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally with Rep. Ilhan Omar at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019

TakeAction Minnesota backs Sen. Bernie Sanders

The progressive group, a powerhouse in DFL politics, chooses the Vermont senator in Minnesota's presidential primary.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) held a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall in October.

Democrats target Emmer in complaint over 'trackers' in Congress

Democrats say the GOP's use of "trackers" during impeachment debate violated ethics rules.
Husband John Bessler and daughter Abigail were at her side when Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential bid.

Klobuchar's campaign spouse keeps a steady, low-key style

Law professor John Bessler is emerging as a familiar face in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, becoming something of a secret weapon in his wife's presidential campaign.
Corey Day, right, then executive director of the DFL Party, with DFL Chairman Ken Martin and staffer Heidi Kraus Kaplan on election night in 2018.

Biden campaign taps former DFL official to lead Minnesota effort

Corey Day, former DFL executive director, is one of the few state party leaders not endorsing Klobuchar.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los

Klobuchar raises over $11M in quarter, doubling previous haul

Her $11.4 million in the last three months was enough to keep the Minnesota senator competitive but still well behind a handful of front-running rivals.
Minnesota Republican politician Vin Weber, shown in Washington in 2006.

Ex-Congressman Vin Weber tries to bounce back from Ukraine probe

The Justice Department has dropped its inquiry of Minnesota lobbyist.
Drillers for Twin Metals at a site near the Kiwishiwi River pull a core sample from the drill pipe.

Environmentalists win new review of Twin Metals mine impact

State Department has 60 days to review impact of Twin Metals copper-nickel mine on boundary waters.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson was one of only two Democrats in the House to vote against both articles of impeachment.

Collin Peterson goes his own way on impeachment; will it matter?

Peterson's political survival next year depends on his ability to keep defying the support his mostly rural district has given to President Donald Trump.
Screens show Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) during the Democratic presidential debate co-hosted by PBS and Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Lo

Klobuchar strikes forceful tone in debate: 'The president is not the king'

The Minnesota senator emphasized consensus-building in her policy approach and Midwestern electability as her political pitch.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota

Rep. Collin Peterson votes against impeaching Trump

Rural Democrat in GOP-leaning district splits from party on impeachment.
Rain clouds pass over the U.S. Capitol as seen from the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Where Minnesota's congressional delegation stands on impeachment

Like much of the nation, they are largely split along party lines.

Trade deal popular with Minnesota delegation

Among Minnesota's eight House members, only Rep. Ilhan Omar has signaled that she might vote against USMCA, as the agreement is known.
Last month, Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., left, sat in as the House Intelligence Committee questioned U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sond

As impeachment roils D.C., Minnesotans in Congress get ready for history

Collin Peterson, first elected in 1990, is the only member of Minnesota's delegation who was in Congress the last time this happened.
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke during an event at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 7,

Klobuchar calls next presidential election crucial to U.S. reputation abroad

Minnesota senator, running for president, says she would work to restore American leadership on world stage
Bill Guidera had worked for 12 years as senior vice president for public affairs for 21st Century Fox.

Minnesota GOP insider Bill Guidera lands big Netflix job

Bill Guidera isn’t exactly a household name in Minnesota politics, but the corporate executive, GOP campaign donor and Orono resident nearly jumped into the Republican…
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, in this February 2018 Star Tribune file photo, is shown leaving the Senate floor.

DFL leader Tom Bakk faces leadership challenge from fellow Senate Democrat

Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury told Democratic colleagues she plans to run for minority leader against Bakk, a fixture at the Capitol.
From left, Reps. Betty McCollum, Dean Phillips and Angie Craig appeared at a Veterans Day event, in Inver Grove Heights.

Impeachment battle plays out in pivotal Twin Cities suburbs

Democrats are plotting a 2020 strategy that relies heavily on suburban voters moving away from the Republican Party of Trump.
Dave Hughes, a candidate for Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District, spoke at the GOP state convention in Duluth in 2018. ] GLEN STUBBE ¥ glen.st

Trump campaign demands GOP's Dave Hughes stop touting '18 endorsement tweet

Republican in rural Minnesota repurposes 2018 endorsement in 2020 primary race.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, seen at a campaign event on Nov. 22 in Henniker, N.H., said her campaign would negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with th

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign staff unionizes

Candidate supports effort by field organizers, a trend in Democratic campaigns.
In this Oct. 8, 2019, photo, Associated Press journalists visit the Sustainability Pavilion at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai,

Minnesota 'World's Fair' bid hinges on uncertain congressional backing

U.S. House cleared way for a Bloomington bid for 2027 World Expo, but it's mired in federal budget stalemate.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks during a town hall meeting at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. Omar is proposing an ambitious affordable housi

Rep. Ilhan Omar proposes $1 trillion for affordable housing

The Minnesota Democrat wants to spend $1 trillion over the next decade to assure "homes for all."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center speaks as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, left, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen during a Democrati

Amy Klobuchar takes a jab at Pete Buttigieg late in Atlanta debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar waited until the final minutes of Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate to finally attack one of her rivals. The Minnesota senator’s jab…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar shared a laugh with her daughter, Abigail Klobuchar Bessler, and supporters while campaigning in Albia, Iowa, on Feb. 17. Klobuchar

Klobuchar vies with surging Buttigieg for Iowa moderates

Wednesday's Dem debate will give Amy Klobuchar chance to gain traction.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison heads to Honduras, El Salvador

The Minnesota attorney general will be part of a delegation exploring the root causes of migration to Mexico, U.S.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., reacts as she chats with Secretary of State Bill Gardner, left, before filing to be lis

Polling uptick pushes Sen. Amy Klobuchar into December debate

Her 5-percent showing in a Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa is her best showing to date in the Hawkeye State.
Minnesota volunteers worked in St. Paul to raise awareness for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

Minnesota takes a higher profile in presidential campaign

Crowded Democratic field, Trump's vow to carry Minnesota all factor in.
Rep. Collin Peterson

Collin Peterson splits with other Minnesota Democrats on impeachment vote

Washington – Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson was one of only two House Democrats to vote against an impeachment measure Thursday that split the…
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this month. ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribun

Minnesota GOP leaves Trump challengers off primary ballot

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will be the only choice on the ballot in Minnesota's Republican presidential primary, even though he's not the only…
In this Oct. 17, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., smiles during a campaign stop at a coffee shop in Concord

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tries to build on post-debate upturn

Minnesota senator rides post-debate momentum, but hurdles lie ahead.
In August, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) held a town hall in Minneapolis on Medicare for All.

Rep. Ilhan Omar tries to build record amid frequent stirs

The frequent presidential target says she prioritizes her district's concerns.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), right, speaks during the Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday, Oct. 1

Sen. Amy Klobuchar trains fiercest attacks on front-runner Elizabeth Warren

She turned in her most aggressive performance to date with repeated jabs at a leading rival.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) greeted Glenn Wachter of Blaine after a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall.

Trump stalwart Emmer remains steadfast against impeachment

The senior Minnesota Republican lawmaker criticized Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the impeachment process.
President Donald Trump’s campaign already has 20 paid staffers in Minnesota, with a goal of having about 100 by next year.

Trump rally jumpstarts GOP push for Minnesota

GOP plans to spend up to $30 million in bid to win first Minn. presidential race since19'72.
President Donald Trump adopted a combative stance as he greeted thousands of cheering supporters at Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday night.

Trump argues for a second term, bashes Omar, Bidens, Frey

In his Target Center speech, Trump says he will win Minnesota in 2020, adding that the conduct of Rep. Ilhan Omar will be a factor. He bashed Democrats and their impeachment inquiry against him.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Louisiana GOP Unity Rally in Kenner, La., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Sophia Germer /The Advocate via AP)

Report: Pence heading to Minn. on same day as Trump

Vice President Mike Pence will join President Donald Trump at a rally in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday as the country's two top elected leaders put…
A supporter of the impeachment inquiry spoke with U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum following a town hall meeting in Stillwater on Thursday, Oct. 3. Those oppo

At Minnesota town halls, talk of impeachment follows a familiar fault line

Compelled by her conviction that President Donald Trump must be impeached, Ariel Summers showed up last week at a congressional town hall meeting in Stillwater.…
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has called the impeachment process futile, unnecessarily divisive and a bad use of Congress' time.

Impeachment push puts centrist Democrat Collin Peterson in the spotlight

He's one of few House Dems to balk at inquiry.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Impeachment stakes rising for Minnesotans in Congress

So far, the impeachment process seems only to be deepening the partisan divide.
FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing o

Both Minnesota senators now back calls for impeachment inquiry

Senators join all Democrats in the Minnesota congressional delegation, save Collin Peterson.
Former Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, pictured in 2003.

Former Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn dies at age 86

Flynn, who served as archbishop in the Twin Cities from 1995 to 2008, led a 2002 task force of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that looked into the clergy sexual abuse crisis that had been sweeping through Catholic churches across the country.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar holds a town hall in South Minneapolis in late August.

Rep. Omar says false Trump tweet puts her life 'at risk'

He retweeted false claim that she "partied" on the anniversary of 9/11.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., responds to a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas S

Amy Klobuchar pitches herself to voters tired of 'extremes'

Her signature moments came when she offered a message of Democratic unity.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 20

For Klobuchar, debate provides another chance to get noticed

Debate offers opportunity to give campaign a spark.
Rep. Collin Peterson

Gun debate back front and center as Congress returns today

Minnesota's 10-member congressional delegation splits predictably along party lines over guns, with Rep. Collin Peterson the notable exception.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar speaks at a town hall in Minneapolis in August 2019.

Political consultant denies affair with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Tim Mynett, a Democratic fundraising consultant who works with Omar, also disputed allegations that his business benefited from a personal relationship with the Minneasota Democrat.
Rep. Ilhan Omar led Reps Reps. Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Ayanna Pressley into the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center for a tour and di

Congressional black leaders talk disparity, reparations in Minneapolis

Rep. Ilhan Omar invites members of Congressional Black Caucus to highlight disparities facing the black community.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, shown Tuesday at a town-hall meeting in south Minneapolis.

Rep. Omar denies affair claim in D.C. doctor's divorce filing

It's the latest in a long string of controversies facing the former one-term state legislator who catapulted to the national political spotlight.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.

Focused on Iowa, Klobuchar is looking for some room to grow

The state and its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses offer high stakes to a candidate banking on her appeal in the Midwest.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, had been scheduled to arrive in Israel this weekend and was to visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel's move to bar Omar, Tlaib from visit draws wide criticism

On Friday, Tlaib said she won't visit her relatives in the West Bank after Israel reversed itself earlier in the day by issuing a permit on humanitarian grounds.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar kicked off a four-day stretch in Iowa with a rural revitalization proposal at an Ankeny, Iowa farm.

Klobuchar launches Iowa swing with rural revitalization proposal

The initiative is intended to help bridge America's urban-rural divide, the senator said.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during a March hearing on Capitol Hill. Omar plans to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this month, sparking a pe

Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned visit to Israel causes a stir

At least one Israeli group has petitioned the government to block her visit, according to local reports.
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips visited the border twice in less than two months, following a conversation with U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber about his own visit in

Minnesotans in Congress get troubling look at U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. Reps. Dean Phillips and Pete Stauber described wretched conditions there after visits.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Fox T

Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes aim at Trump: 'I have had it with the racist attacks'

Still polling in the low single digits, the Minnesota senator needed more than ever to make the kind of big impression that produces momentum.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is flanked by several fellow U.S. senators at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Klobuchar's Senate bills steer clear of the partisan divide

But critics say she sticks to bills that are narrowly focused, not controversial.
U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn at a recent town hall meeting at Owatonna Middle School. Six months into a two-year term, Hagedorn has shown no inclination to

6 months in office, Hagedorn sees strength in ties to Trump

The House Republican from southern Minnesota has emerged as a top target for Democrats in 2020, but he isn't shying away from conservative stances.
Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention in Chicago, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

Jesse Jackson: President Trump must stop attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar

Civil rights leader says the president's attacks on the Minnesota Democrat are putting her at risk.
President Donald Trump held up a photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar during a meeting at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, hours before a House vote to c

Minnesotans split along party lines in condemning Trump

The House voted 240-187 to pass a resolution condemning as racist President Trump's tweets and comments aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar as well as three other congresswomen of color.
U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib listened as Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to remarks by President Donald Trump afte

Rep. Ilhan Omar, 3 allies decry Trump attacks as racist, divisive

Trump on Monday renewed his assault on Omar during a formal presentation before dozens of business owners gathered on the South Lawn to celebrate American entrepreneurship.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during a presidential candidate forum sponsored by AARP and the Des Moines Register, Monday

Klobuchar raises nearly $3.9M, keeping her competitive

The Minnesota Democrat still has to hit the 130,000 unique donors needed to make the September debate.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gestured during the first Democratic primary debate on June 26. Klobuchar’s campaign is working to make sure she reache

Klobuchar scrambles to make cut for key third debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken out a slew of Facebook ads pleading for small-dollar contributions to reach a threshold to qualify for the critical third round of debates in September.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a National Education Association forum in Houston, Texas on July 5, 2019. (AP

Klobuchar calls for labor secretary to quit for role in financier's sex plea

The Democratic presidential candidate says Secretary Alexander Acosta should step down over handling of Florida case against financier Jeffrey Epstein
Rep. Dean Phillips, heir to a fortune, filed for an extension for his financial disclosure form due to the “complexity” of his taxes.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips late in filing disclosure

A spokeswoman said he filed for an extension in April and that filling out his form takes longer "given the complexity of Dean's finances."
Rep. Tom Emmer says the job could help him pass his “Main Street agenda.”

GOP counting on Rep. Tom Emmer to reclaim U.S. House majority

The job as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee has thrust the Delano Republican into the brawling heart of national politics.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to reporters Wednesday after the close of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami.

Klobuchar made mark in first debate, but was it enough?

She won positive but not effusive reviews from pundits for her Miami performance amid a packed field.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, left, waves to the audience with Sen. Bernie Sanders, right, at a rally to give support for his attorney general bid at

Keith Ellison endorses Bernie Sanders for president — again

State AG chose the Vermont senator over fellow Minnesotan Amy Klobuchar.
‘All foam and no beer’: Sen. Amy Klobuchar took aim at Donald Trump’s failed promise to bring down drug costs.

Trump was focus of Klobuchar's critiques as she looked to break from pack

Sen. Amy Klobuchar had as much to gain in the first Democratic presidential debate as any candidate in the crowded field. Competing with nine other…
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, joined at left by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., announces legislation to cancel all

Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar call for wiping out all student debt

Critics, including Amy Klobuchar, call the plan unrealistic, unaffordable.
Steve Kuhn, a Minnesota native and one-time hedge fund hot shot, has jumped into politics with a goal of increasing legal immigration.

Immigration pushes one-time hedge fund exec into politics

The wealthy Minnesota native has plunged into politics for the first time with a proposal for a new kind of work visa intended to greatly increase legal immigration into the country.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol news conference about her bill to ban school lunch shaming. At left is Valerie Casti

Valerie Castile joins Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Tina Smith for federal ban on school lunch 'shaming'

Legislation would prohibit schools from publicly identifying students with unpaid lunch debts.
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.