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Patrick Condon

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Patrick Condon covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.
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Persistence paid off for new minority leader of Minnesota House

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. Dayton walks out of public meeting over Capitol art controversy

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

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
Dayton celebrates Minnesota turkey industry

Dayton celebrates Minnesota turkey industry

Governor and turkey growers celebrate successful 2016 with no new avian flu reports.
Rural Republican gains send a strong message to the State Capitol

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

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

Dayton's plans to retire leave many in both parties eyeing runs.
DFL state Rep. Erin Murphy is first to jump into 2018 governor's race

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.
How Trump almost won Minnesota

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

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.
Wisconsin's move to the Trump column makes history

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

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

His running mate, Mike Pence, will visit Duluth on Monday.
Partisan split in Lake Elmo mirrors sharp rift nationwide

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 push, Trump targets states considered in Democratic camp

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.
Trump die-hards in Minnesota find a Clinton win unthinkable

Trump die-hards in Minnesota find a Clinton win unthinkable

The Trump campaign might be giving Minnesota a fresh look.
Clinton widens lead over Trump to 8 points in Minnesota Poll

Clinton widens lead over Trump to 8 points in Minnesota Poll

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.
Seeking productive last 2 years, Dayton pushes for DFL-led Legislature

Seeking productive last 2 years, Dayton pushes for DFL-led Legislature

Governor says he wants his last two years in office to be more productive.
Reversing course from Obama's races, Iowa tilts toward Trump

Reversing course from Obama's races, Iowa tilts toward Trump

Iowa gave President Obama its six electoral votes in 2008 and 2012. But this year, it's been flagged as the U.S. state most likely to flip back from Democratic to Republican in the presidential vote.
Reviews: 'Nicotine' and 'Private Novelist,' by Nell Zink

Reviews: 'Nicotine' and 'Private Novelist,' by Nell Zink

FICTION: A 50-something sensation delivers a sharp new novel and an "unpublishable" work from the 1990s.
McMullin, other third-party presidential candidates also on Minnesota ballot

McMullin, other third-party presidential candidates also on Minnesota ballot

Conservative supporters are turned off by Trump and also are anti-Clinton.
Suburban Twin Cities DFLers bring gun safety laws to election forefront

Suburban Twin Cities DFLers bring gun safety laws to election forefront

National groups fighting for tighter laws are engaging in state's legislative, House races.
Sanders stumps for Clinton on friendly turf in Minnesota

Sanders stumps for Clinton on friendly turf in Minnesota

The Vermont senator wooed younger voters at his stops in Minneapolis and Duluth.
Millennials lean left, but they may be less motivated to vote this year

Millennials lean left, but they may be less motivated to vote this year

In Minnesota and nationally, Hillary Clinton's campaign is working to motivate this crucial voting bloc. For Donald Trump, that task is falling to volunteers.
Plenty of opportunities to join others to watch the big debate

Plenty of opportunities to join others to watch the big debate

Feeling nervous about Monday night's first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? It's OK, you're not alone. And you don't have to watch…
Gov. Dayton's severance pay for 3 officials incurs GOP wrath

Gov. Dayton's severance pay for 3 officials incurs GOP wrath

Minnesota House Republicans on Tuesday criticized Gov. Mark Dayton for authorizing a total of $79,000 in severance payments to three state agency heads during his time as governor.
MN Poll: Most 'alarmed' other side might win White House

MN Poll: Most 'alarmed' other side might win White House

An overwhelming majority of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters in Minnesota are very alarmed by the prospect of the other candidate winning the presidency, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Trump is giving the DFL a run for its money on the Iron Range

Trump is giving the DFL a run for its money on the Iron Range

Minnesota's Iron Range has for decades been a DFL holdout, but battered miners rethink their allegiance.
GOP hits back at DFL effort to boot Trump from Minn. ballot

GOP hits back at DFL effort to boot Trump from Minn. ballot

State GOP Chairman Keith Downey says Donald Trump got on the ballot 'fair and square,’ and suggests that the DFL is trying to 'rig election'
Riley Horan, 20, hopes to leave mark on politics even if he loses Minnesota legislative race

Riley Horan, 20, hopes to leave mark on politics even if he loses Minnesota legislative race

Riley Horan, who reaches legal drinking age on Oct. 7 and will be on the ballot as a legislative candidate in St. Paul on Nov.…
Judge: Rep. Bob Barrett doesn't live in district, can't be on ballot

Judge: Rep. Bob Barrett doesn't live in district, can't be on ballot

The State Supreme Court will make final decision on whether the Republican representing Chisago County will be on ballot.
Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Money to keep project going would come from Met Council, Hennepin County, metro transit board.
Trump event in Mpls. draws GOP donors, some unruly protesters

Trump event in Mpls. draws GOP donors, some unruly protesters

The New York businessman made his first visit to the state as the Republican presidential candidate for a private nighttime fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Trump to pass briefly through Minnesota for fundraiser today

Trump to pass briefly through Minnesota for fundraiser today

In Minneapolis stop Friday, Republican presidential candidate will raise money from state's business-oriented GOP donor base.
Minn. voters who like Trump's message still aren't sure about the messenger

Minn. voters who like Trump's message still aren't sure about the messenger

Political strategists expect Trump's populist message to resonate most outstate, but he needs success elsewhere to win Minnesota.
Jason Lewis wins GOP battle to run for U.S. Rep. Kline's seat

Jason Lewis wins GOP battle to run for U.S. Rep. Kline's seat

The former talk radio personality won the four-way race to be the Republican candidate against DFLer Angie Craig in what will be a closely fought swing district contest.
School districts get pre-K boost as new state spending spreads

School districts get pre-K boost as new state spending spreads

New state funds will allow 74 districts to expand their free prekindergarten offerings this fall.
Minnesota's McCarthy gets Collegeville honor on centennial year of his birth

Minnesota's McCarthy gets Collegeville honor on centennial year of his birth

Former U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy was born 100 years ago last March in Watkins, near St. Cloud. Educated entirely in Minnesota, he taught economics and sociology at St. John's and later St. Thomas before he was elected in 1948 to represent the St. Paul area in the U.S. House.
Trump hires Minnesota campaign director, plans visit

Trump hires Minnesota campaign director, plans visit

He has hired state director, plans Aug. 19 visit.
Minnesota DFL's Sanders, Clinton camps join in opposition to Trump

Minnesota DFL's Sanders, Clinton camps join in opposition to Trump

PHILADELPHIA – Passionate divisions among Minnesota DFLers who watched Hillary Clinton triumphantly claim the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday started to give way to a…
At the convention, Klobuchar and Franken are both in demand

At the convention, Klobuchar and Franken are both in demand

Everyone wants a piece of Minnesota's senators in Philadelphia.
Minnesota's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene

Minnesota's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene

State's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene.
Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say

Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say

Local Democrats stress importance of labor vote to a win in November.
Humphrey speech on race reverberating as Democrats return to Philadelphia

Humphrey speech on race reverberating as Democrats return to Philadelphia

As Democrats hold their national convention in Philadelphia for the first time since 1948, Hubert Humphrey's successful push for the first civil rights plank in the national Democratic platform is as pertinent as ever.
Trump, Minnesota GOP enter shaky alliance en route to general election

Trump, Minnesota GOP enter shaky alliance en route to general election

Fresh off their wild national convention, Minnesota Republicans are joined once and for all with the political thunderbolt that is Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's conservatism still in doubt for many

Donald Trump's conservatism still in doubt for many

Some in the Minnesota delegation aren't yet fully on board this train.
Minnesota millennials give voice to their peers' vital role in Trump's bid

Minnesota millennials give voice to their peers' vital role in Trump's bid

Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has a dramatic edge among younger voters, one that Trump tried to cut into Tuesday night.
Minnesota delegates, GOP leaders say Trump shows 'strength' after recent violence

Minnesota delegates, GOP leaders say Trump shows 'strength' after recent violence

Amid RNC, world turmoil, Minnesota delegates cite Trump's security stance.
Many Minn. Republicans off to Trump-focused RNC are conflicted

Many Minn. Republicans off to Trump-focused RNC are conflicted

The approach of the GOP convention is eroding the last hopes harbored by some state delegates that Trump could somehow be replaced.
Donald Trump's campaign is a no-show in Minnesota so far

Donald Trump's campaign is a no-show in Minnesota so far

Trump's campaign has paid little attention to Minnesota to date, and at the moment there's not a single paid operative for Trump in the state.
Dayton still draws inspiration from mentor Rudy Perpich

Dayton still draws inspiration from mentor Rudy Perpich

Students of Gov. Mark Dayton's tenure are well aware of the outsize influence that the previous DFL governor, Rudy Perpich, made on his successor's approach…
Gov. Dayton is off to Croatia to mark National Guard milestone

Gov. Dayton is off to Croatia to mark National Guard milestone

Governor, National Guard group will attend ceremony marking collaboration with Croatian military
Dayton ignores last-minute pleas, lets $260M tax cut bill expire

Dayton ignores last-minute pleas, lets $260M tax cut bill expire

While Mark Dayton said he supported many of the bill's provisions, his administration caught an error that officials said would have cost the state treasury $101 million over the next three years.
Dayton-GOP stalemate puts tax, spending bills in limbo

Dayton-GOP stalemate puts tax, spending bills in limbo

With Dayton poised on Monday to veto a $259 million tax bill that's the crown jewel of the House Republican majority, Speaker Kurt Daudt must try to salvage the GOP agenda.
Dayton wants spending for U, buildings and transit in special session

Dayton wants spending for U, buildings and transit in special session

Republicans balk at the spending, bonding demands.
Dayton signs body camera bill sought by law enforcement agencies

Dayton signs body camera bill sought by law enforcement agencies

New law gives police tight control over recordings.
Success or failure of this year's Legislature rests with Dayton

Success or failure of this year's Legislature rests with Dayton

Lawmakers who left key issues on the table might have to heed his agenda to get a special session.
Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

In its final hours, the Legislature approved a tax bill that repealed an automatic yearly increase in the tobacco tax. The measure is now sitting on the governor's desk.
Plenty of blame at Capitol after disappointing close of session

Plenty of blame at Capitol after disappointing close of session

Gov. Dayton won't commit to a special session to try again on spending, transportation bills.
At Republican convention in Duluth, GOP is Trump's party

At Republican convention in Duluth, GOP is Trump's party

It's him or "President Clinton," party activists warn dissenters at the divided convention.
Divisions on display as Minnesota GOP gathers in Duluth

Divisions on display as Minnesota GOP gathers in Duluth

Minnesota Republicans gathered Friday for their state convention remain divided over Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee.
At Capitol, House finally releases public works plan but talks on transportation stall

At Capitol, House finally releases public works plan but talks on transportation stall

Republicans offer $800M in bonding as hope wanes for a deal on transit funding.
Taking the temperature in Anoka for president: None of the above?

Taking the temperature in Anoka for president: None of the above?

Many who live and work in what's a home base for independent voters seem unhappy with a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Prince bill to lock down publicity rights runs into a debate at State Capitol

Prince bill to lock down publicity rights runs into a debate at State Capitol

Legislators initially proposed wider protections for guardians of image and likeness, while also carving out exemptions for media and other public uses.
Voter restoration for felons faces uphill battle in St. Paul

Voter restoration for felons faces uphill battle in St. Paul

There’s no better way to achieve a major change in Minnesota law than to build a bipartisan team of lawmakers as your allies. But for…
Hefty $1.5 billion public works bill fails in Senate by a single vote

Hefty $1.5 billion public works bill fails in Senate by a single vote

Defeat of bonding bill by a single vote raises fear of do-nothing session.
Trump candidacy still tough for many in Minnesota GOP to take

Trump candidacy still tough for many in Minnesota GOP to take

Republican Party responses include no way, OK, too soon to say, no comment.

Dayton wants review of state's diversity efforts

Independent audit aims for recommendations at diversifying state's workforce and its private contracting.
Hearing on background checks for guns draws supporters, advocates

Hearing on background checks for guns draws supporters, advocates

Despite a crowded hearing that at times grew testy, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not vote on either of two bills.

Minn. lawmakers can't agree on transportation spending

Both parties agree the "need is enormous" but are split over using surplus or gas tax.
Complicated Minn. rules help create broadband haves and have-nots

Complicated Minn. rules help create broadband haves and have-nots

Communities feel left in the dust of high-speed Internet installations.
House votes to legalize more fireworks, codify fantasy sports

House votes to legalize more fireworks, codify fantasy sports

The serious business of fun and games was on the agenda at the Capitol as House votes to legalize fireworks, ratify fantasy sports leagues.
'United Black Legislative Agenda' seeks $75 million from state for capital fund

'United Black Legislative Agenda' seeks $75 million from state for capital fund

Urban League, other groups pushing broad legislative package to reduce Minnesota's racial economic disparities
Candidates look for decisive wins in swing-state Wisconsin

Candidates look for decisive wins in swing-state Wisconsin

For Republicans trying to derail Trump's candidacy, Wisconsin has emerged as a last-ditch bulwark of their strategy.
Touching down in Wisconsin, Trump goes after Walker, Cruz

Touching down in Wisconsin, Trump goes after Walker, Cruz

Earlier in the day Walker endorsed Trump's chief remaining rival in the race, Sen. Ted Cruz. The state holds a crucial primary on Tuesday.
In Minneapolis to raise campaign cash, Kasich says he's most electable

In Minneapolis to raise campaign cash, Kasich says he's most electable

Ohio governor says he's 'the only governor left standing' in the GOP presidential race.
For Gov. Dayton, accomplishments mean getting GOP on board

For Gov. Dayton, accomplishments mean getting GOP on board

Late one night last year, Republican state Sen. Karin Housley sent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a message asking if she could throw herself a birthday…
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