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Patrick Condon

Team Leader | Politics and government
phone: 651-925-5049
Patrick Condon leads a team of reporters who covers the State Capitol in St. Paul and Minnesota issues in Washington, D.C. He previously was a political reporter at the paper.
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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.
Gov. Dayton asks to “give me a chance to complete the agenda I set forth.”

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.
Derick Trappe likes the GOP’s economic principles and defended Trump’s blunt talk: “It’s just guy talk.”

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.
Nell Zink Photo by Fred Filkorn

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.
Evan McMullin, a presidential candidate from Utah, during a rally in Logan, Utah, Oct. 12, 2016. McMullin has little money and no major-party backing,

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

Conservative supporters are turned off by Trump and also are anti-Clinton.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, right, greeted DFL state Sen. Terri Bonoff in Minnetonka during Wednesday’s kickoff of the Minnesota leg of Gifford

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.
After his speech Tuesday at the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium, Sen. Bernie Sanders posed for selfies with some audience members.

Sanders stumps for Clinton on friendly turf in Minnesota

The Vermont senator wooed younger voters at his stops in Minneapolis and Duluth.
“I’m registered, but I don’t know that I feel strongly enough to vote,” says new voter Aalayha Robb.

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.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be debating Monday night, their first in the presidential race.

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. Mark Dayton

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.
While nationwide polls are tight, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 6 points in the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

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.
Squaring off: Labor Day on the Iron Range brought out the political partisans as Trump supporters lined up in Cloquet, Minn.

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 State Chairman Keith Downey

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 isn't yet 21, but he's running for the seat in House District 64A. Erin Murphy is the incumbent.

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.…
State Rep. Bob Barrett, shown at a 2012 news conference.

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.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt earlier in the month when talk of a special legislative session bogged down over the Southwest li

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.
Donald Trump supporters were surrounded by shouting protesters as they left a fundraiser for the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held F

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.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to retired and active law enforcement personnel at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge during a ca

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.
In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a campaign rally in Altoona, Pa.

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.
GOP primary candidate Jason Lewis flashed the victory sign to supporters Tuesday night.

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.
Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, right, announced which districts and charter schools will get funding.

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.
Sen. Eugene McCarthy is being honored at his alma mater, St. John’s, 100 years after he was born.

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.
Donald Trump

Trump hires Minnesota campaign director, plans visit

He has hired state director, plans Aug. 19 visit.
The delegates from Minnesota, shown cast their votes Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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…
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is greeted by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., second from left, as

At the convention, Klobuchar and Franken are both in demand

Everyone wants a piece of Minnesota's senators in Philadelphia.
Sanders 47, Clinton 42: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, at lower right, sounded the roll call as Minnesota’s wide-ranging deleg

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

State's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene.
Minnesota delegates danced during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say

Local Democrats stress importance of labor vote to a win in November.
"To those who say that we are rushing this issue of civil rights, I say to them we are 172 years too late," Hubert H. Humphrey said in his groundbreak

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.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt and other members of the state's delegation to the Republican National Convention during Donald Trump's speech Thur

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.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, greets Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana during the third day session of

Donald Trump's conservatism still in doubt for many

Some in the Minnesota delegation aren't yet fully on board this train.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's children Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump celebrate on the convention fl

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.
her hand in it: State Rep. Cindy Pugh, R-Chanhassen, was part of the Minnesota delegation in Cleveland.

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

Amid RNC, world turmoil, Minnesota delegates cite Trump's security stance.
Revving up: Sheri Auclair, a Trump delegate from Wayzata, showed off a flag shawl packed for the convention.

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.
Trump supporter Jim Evenson posed for a photo with his candidate at the state GOP convention in Duluth on May 21. Two weeks before the party's nationa

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.
Gov. Rudy Perpich’s policies and personal style continue to inspire now-Gov. Mark Dayton.

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. Mark Dayton, shown last month, will travel to Croatia next week to help commemorate a 20-year partnership between the Minnesota National Guard an

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

Governor, National Guard group will attend ceremony marking collaboration with Croatian military
Ryan Visher, who lost his floral shop in the Madelia fire, says during a news conference that he needs the relief provided in the tax bill, Monday, Ju

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.
Republicans and DFLers passed a tax bill, but a bonding bill collapsed at the last minute. Above, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Speaker Kurt

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.
Gov. Mark Dayton, with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, said his terms were meant “for Minnesota’s needs.”

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

Republicans balk at the spending, bonding demands.
Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton signs body camera bill sought by law enforcement agencies

New law gives police tight control over recordings.
Gov. Mark Dayton addressed on Monday the Legislature's failure to pass a bonding or transit bill. Now he might do more in setting the agenda for a spe

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.
As part of a larger tax measure, legislators gave smokers a tax break. Now it's up to Gov. Mark Dayton to decide whether to veto it. In this photo, Re

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.
Governor Dayton said he won't call a special session until all the sides come together.

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.
Congressman Tom Emmer left the stage at the GOP convention without mentioning Donald Trump’s name in his remarks.

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

It's him or "President Clinton," party activists warn dissenters at the divided convention.
Donald Trump supporter Jim Evenson of Mora, Minn., posed with a cutout of his candidate at the GOP convention 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.
“It’s not about getting what I want,” Gov. Mark Dayton said. “It’s about getting what Minnesota needs.”

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.
"I can't see myself voting for Hillary because we're conservative. But Trump really challenges me," said Sue Peterson, left, a retired business owner.

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.
Fans buy t-shirts of Prince at a memorial site created outside the Apollo Theater in New York , Friday, April 22, 2016. The pop super star died Thursd

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.
Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, said he thinks voter restoration for felons will eventually happen.

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…
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, shown on the first day of the 2016 legislative session, reacted by saying: “It’s really hard to understand when p

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.
Minnesota Republicans who didn’t support Donald Trump tried on Wednesday to get used to the idea that the billionaire controversy magnet will be the

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.
Bob Mokos, who lost his sister to gun violence, watched as gun rights advocate Andrew Rothman finished his testimony Tuesday at the State Capitol. Leg

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.
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