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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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Images of people who’ve been helped by the Affordable Care Act occupy the seats of Democratic Senators during a Senate Judiciary Committee Executive

Pre-existing condition debate pits ACA against Trump's promise for a plan

Coverage for 800,000 Minnesotans with such health problems may hang in the balance.
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Trump, Biden both headed to Minnesota for Friday rallies

Trump will be in the Rochester area today; Biden will be in St. Paul.
President Trump danced down the catwalk to "YMCA" as his supporters cheered him on at a campaign rally in Bemidji, Minn. on Friday, September 18, 2020

President Trump to campaign in Dodge Center, Tiffany Trump in St. Paul

President Donald Trump is coming back to Minnesota for a Friday afternoon rally in the Rochester area, and his daughter Tiffany Trump will be in…
“I am real with someone exposing our government for what they are,” said Victor Gaten as he cast an early ballot for Trump.

For Black Minnesota voters, equality is on the ballot

A Star Tribune analysis of voting patterns in Minnesota precincts with a majority or plurality of Black voters shows a drop in registered voter turnout from 75% in 2012 to 70% in 2016.
Democrat Dan Feehan, left, and Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn

Democrats see progressive potential in southern Minnesota

While the Trump campaign has focused on northern towns like Duluth and Bemidji, Democrats seem to see potential in Rochester and Mankato.
Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Minnesota in September. He’ll be back in the state for another campaign appearance on Monday.

VP Mike Pence headed back to Minnesota as Trump campaign revives TV ads

Vice president will stop in Hibbing amid "heavy" ad buy.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks to a gathering of people at the Waite Park Community Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Waite Park, Minn.

Sen. Tina Smith tests negative for COVID after person at rally is positive

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday after learning that a person at a Democratic campaign event earlier this month tested positive.Smith,…
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota greeted Republicans before President Donald Trump spoke in Mankato in August.

Rep. Tom Emmer's fortunes ride on GOP outlook in Congress

He's safe in Minnesota but leading a difficult effort by GOP to win majority in U.S. House.
The statue of Christopher Columbus lies on the ground after it was toppled in front of the Minnesota State Capitol, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in St. P

Walz officials nixed return of Columbus statue at Capitol

Internal e-mails were released shortly before Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced the formation of two task forces to help guide decisions.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) at a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall in 2019.

Two staffers on Tom Emmer campaign contract COVID

Two employees of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer's re-election campaign have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a spokesman said Monday.Spokesman Zach Freimark described the employees as "junior…
Minnesota state party leaders Ken Martin of the DFL and Jennifer Carnahan of the GOP say their parties have attorneys lined up with post-vote litigati

Minnesota political leaders get ready for postelection legal fights

The stakes are particularly acute in potential battleground states like Minnesota.
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in Chisago County. ] GLEN STUBBE • gle

Jason Lewis brings radio bravado to campaign trail

Jason Lewis puts his flamethrowing style from years of talk radio to use on the campaign trail.
Republican Tyler Kistner, left, is challenging Rep. Angie Craig in Minnesota's Second District race.

Federal judge: Minn. congressional race is back on for November

The contest between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner had been delayed after the death of a pro-pot candidate.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn spoke to a gathering of Le Sueur County voters at the Caribou Gun Club in September.

More scrutiny for Rep. Jim Hagedorn, this time over campaign office rent

The southern Minnesota congressman, facing tough re-election, also battling unfavorable headlines.
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in Chisago County last month.

Senate candidate Jason Lewis to quarantine after COVID exposure

The GOP Senate candidate will get tested again after exposure to someone who tested positive.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn applauded his wife, Minnesota GOP state chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, at a gathering in Le Sueur County.

Minnesota GOP's power couple ride political waves

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn and Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan both have much at stake in November.
President Trump arrived to supporters and opponents as the motorcade sped through Shorewood, Minn. near the home of Marty Davis, where Trump held a pr

Trump's Minn. fundraiser was 'very safely done,' guest says

Guests were told to arrive at least an hour ahead of start time and wait in their cars, a St. Paul political donor said.
Sen. Tina Smith and Jason Lewis.

Sen. Tina Smith, challenger Jason Lewis clash in debate

U.S. Senate candidates scuffle over pandemic response, policing and race in last debate.
My Pillow founder Mike Lindell. Americans.

MyPillow's Mike Lindell is Trump's choice vs. Walz in 2022

The governor's race was part of the president's remarks at his Bemidji rally.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House on Sept. 16, 2020. Right: Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential

Poll: Biden keeps lead over Trump in state

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a six-point lead over President Donald Trump in Minnesota, while 8% of likely voters remain undecided, a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll found.
Sen. Tina Smith and Jason Lewis.

Sen. Tina Smith, Jason Lewis spar over Supreme Court vacancy

The heated politics of the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are spilling into Minnesota's Senate race, with Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis pressing opposite views.
President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are bringing their campaigns to Minnesota on the same day the state kicks off early voting, making the s

Trump, Biden stage dueling campaign stops today in northern Minnesota

Joe Biden looks to reassert Democratic competitiveness beyond the Twin Cities and suburbs, while President Donald Trump is aiming to shore up his backing from 2016.
Minneapolis novelist Curtis Sittenfeld weaves a fascinating “what if” scenario in her latest political drama, “Rodham.”

Politics is stranger than fiction

In her new novel "Rodham," Minneapolis-based fiction writer Curtis Sittenfeld offers up a tantalizing premise: What would the past couple of decades of American politics…
U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, shown in 2019.

Fired staffer to Rep. Jim Hagedorn pushes back after mail controversy

Peter Su has an audio recording of a phone conversation in which the Minnesota Republican said that "I don't believe there's any problem" with taxpayer-funded mail.
Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academ

Jill Biden, Donald Trump Jr. headed to Minnesota next week to campaign

The rise in activity reflects a growing sense that Minnesota could be a pivotal swing state in the election.
DFL State Party Chair Ken Martin, shown in 2018.

Minnesota DFL blasts GOP campaign practices in pandemic

DFL shows prominent Republicans unmasked in close proximity.
A big thumbs-up: Jennifer Kampen, from left, Diane Osborne and Kath Space gathered in Eagan to celebrate President Donald Trump’s renomination.

Minnesota Republicans celebrate finale of virtual convention in person

Mark Lang gathered with fellow Republicans on Thursday night in support of President Donald Trump, he said, for many reasons that he was happy to…
U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, shown at a 2019 town hall at Owatonna Middle School.

E-mails show U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn involved with constituent mail decisions

Southern Minnesota Republican's heavy spending on constituent mail now under scrutiny.
President Donald Trump wraps up speaking to a crowd of supporters at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Trump sets sights on Minnesota with 2020 'law-and-order' pitch

Positioning Republicans as a force for stability in the aftermath of the protests and riots that followed George Floyd's killing is central to his bet.
In this image from video, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Klobuchar urges national unity in convention speech

The Minnesota senator's convention speech echoed some of the pragmatic themes of her own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year.
President Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President

Biden campaign goes virtual in Minnesota, while Trump continues in person

While the Biden campaign's real-time footprint remains light by traditional standards, the Trump campaign has swarmed the state with organizers.
Andre Springer with son Michael, 3, rallied for President Donald Trump at Target Center in Minneapolis last October.

A look at President Trump's other Minnesota visits

The Republican incumbent returns on Monday to a state whose 10 electoral votes have become something of a fixation for him.
President Donald Trump addressed supporters during a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, 2019.

President Trump's battleground tour to stop in Mankato today

Trump will campaign for re-election on Monday in a Mankato event focused on jobs and the economy
The progressive primary victories Tuesday, all in districts Democrats are expected to win in November, will bring more youth and diversity to the Stat

Progressives shake up DFL incumbents in Minnesota

DFL legislators ousted in primary see progressive convictions not enough to hold off youth, energy.
Sen. Tina Smith and Jason Lewis.

Tina Smith, Jason Lewis cruise in their Senate primaries

This year's Senate race is the only statewide office on the ballot in Minnesota in 2020.
Antone Melton-Meaux, shown in April. a spokesman for Melton-Meaux’s campaign, called the FEC filing baseless and an attempt to distract from Rep. Il

DFL, Omar challenger Melton-Meaux trade campaign finance charges

An FEC complaint alleges Melton-Meaux's campaign violated federal election law by "conspiring to intentionally obscure" the identity of political consultants listed as limited liability corporations.
Rep. Ilhan Omar sparred Friday with Democratic rival Antone Melton-Meaux in an hourlong debate on WCCO Radio.

Rep. Omar, challengers spar over political style, campaign cash

The WCCO debate was the first, and possibly the last, direct exchange between incumbent and political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux.
Jennifer Carnahan, chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, recently tweeted an attack against Gov. Tim Walz's mask mandate: "This is not North K

Mask and distancing mandates meet resistance in Minnesota

While state health officials appeal to the public to control the spread of COVID-19, opponents of the governor's emergency orders are finding new ways to ignore or skirt the rules.
Former Sen. Dave Durenberger was the lead Republican sponsor in the Senate of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which is celebrating its 30th a

Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, 85, recalls the birth of ADA 30 years ago

As lead Republican sponsor in the U.S. Senate, Durenberger helped shape the measure.
U.S. Second District Rep. Angie Craig listened to a question during a town hall last fall at the Eagan Community Center.

U.S. House race in Minnesota's 2nd District tests GOP comeback potential in suburbs

The district is the kind of suburban-to-exurban turf that's become the hottest campaign battleground of the Trump era.
Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Rep. Angie Craig successfully pushes COVID relief extension for business

The Minnesota Democrat said she expects to see more applications as some businesses close again in response to spiking infection rates.
State Troopers surrounded the statue of Christopher Columbus after it was toppled in front of the Minnesota Capitol on June 10.

Officials mull charges — and public art policies — after Columbus toppled

The toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus at the State Capitol, one in a spate of attacks on historic monuments around the nation, has…
“Never Trumper” Dave Thul of Owatonna said most of the activists he got to know in local GOP politics no longer speak to him.

Never Trump? Small but vocal group inside GOP rooting for Biden

Dave Thul is no one’s idea of a Democrat. The 48-year-old from Owatonna is an Iraq war veteran who organized Tea Party rallies in Steele…
Several hundred people gathered for a rally to commemorate Juneteenth on the grounds in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Friday.

Minnesota Legislature adjourns without agreement on key issues

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned the special session early Saturday, without an agreement on policing changes, a bonding bill or federal COVID-19 aid for local governments.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, shown in Iowa during her presidential campaign, said that she reached out to Joe Biden to ask him to pull her name from his VP lis

Sen. Klobuchar takes herself off list to be Biden's running mate

The Minnesota senator says she told Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that he should pick a woman of color. "America must seize on this moment."
In this Oct. 8, 2019 photo, supporters of LGBT rights stage a protest on the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Cour

High court ruling bolsters Minnesota's LGBT protections

Advocates for gay and transgender workers in Minnesota say that Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling extending legal protections to LGBT people is a boost even…
People danced in a circle around the Christopher Columbus statue after it was toppled.

Walz says he understands why Columbus statue was toppled, but there will be consequences

Walz's remarks came after criticism from Republican legislative leaders of his administration's muted response to the statue's toppling.
A member of the Minnesota National Guard stands guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, May 29, 2020.

Minnesota National Guard spent nearly $13 million on Twin Cities deployment

State of Minnesota gets National Guard's bill for deployment to respond to Minneapolis, St. Paul unrest.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020 in D

Amy Klobuchar's vice presidential hopes plummet

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics, a leading political handicapper, says Klobuchar has fallen out of the Top 10.
A member of the Minnesota National Guard watched over the State Capitol in St. Paul on May 29 at the height of looting and violent marches over the de

How Gov. Tim Walz helped to defuse Trump during call with U.S. governors

Minnesota's governor spoke of his time in the Guard and a need "that it's not seen as an occupying force."
From left, Martin Luther King III, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Gwen Walz, Sarah Clarke, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Ga

Minn. officials, Twin Cities residents get to work after Floyd memorial

Reforms were the topic at a closed roundtable on police brutality just a few blocks west of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minnesota.

Congress sends Trump COVID relief bill backed by Minnesota's Phillips

The Minnesota Democrat, working with a conservative colleague, won wide support for PPP loan fix.
Protesters stood outside the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct station on Tuesday night, May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis to protest the death of George Floy

Small Minnesota bail nonprofit pulled into presidential politics, draws Trump criticism

Minnesota Freedom Fund, which helps covers bail costs, became a cause célèbre after Twin Cities riots.
The Minnesota National Guard prepared for a noon protest today at the State Capitol.

Show of force shifted momentum on the streets of Minneapolis, St. Paul

No significant injuries or major fires were reported on second night of curfew — the fifth night of unrest after the death of George Floyd in police custody on Monday. Saturday was "a day filled with tension unlike any other in Minnesota," Gov. Tim Walz said.
People look over the fire-gutted US Post Office along 31st St. and 1st Ave. Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.

'Fire, fire, fire': Night of terror in Minneapolis as calls to 911 don't deliver help

Neighborhoods around Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue became a focal point as groups of protesters converged on the Fifth Precinct station.
People survey the damage along Lake St. near S. 27th Ave. as a fire burns to the east Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.

Gov. Walz appeals to Twin Cities residents to restore order by staying home

Hoping to head off another night of chaos, Gov. Tim Walz said that peaceful protesters and others who remained outside after the 8 p.m. curfew would be "aiding and abetting" vandals who use the crowds as cover for their looting and arson on city streets.
President Donald Trump meets with his cabinet at the White House on May 19, 2020. Trump has expressed skepticism about the number of COVID-19 deaths i

Poll: Biden has small lead on Trump in Minn.

A new Minnesota Poll conducted by the Star Tribune, MPR News and KARE 11, found Biden ahead of Trump 49% to 44% in the general election matchup less than six months ahead of Election Day.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., spoke at a rally in Springfield, Mass., in February. Omar won the DFL endorsement Sunday to run in the Aug. 11 primary

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar wins DFL endorsement in reelection bid

First-term U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar won the DFL endorsement Sunday to run in the Aug. 11 primary election for a Minneapolis-based congressional seat that has…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020 in D

Report: Amy Klobuchar 'officially' being vetted as Biden running mate

Joe Biden has committed to choosing a woman for the Democratic ticket.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose unlikely rise from refugee to one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. House, has written a memoir that comes out

Rep. Omar describes a bruising life in her new memoir

From childhood onward, according to her new memoir, Rep. Ilhan Omar often seemed to find herself in the middle of nasty fights."I was small but…
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan in 2018. On Saturday, she was forced to postpone the party's virtual state convention becau

Hacking suspected as technical difficulties stymie Minnesota GOP convention

State Republicans, meeting virtually for their state convention, had to postpone due to software problems.
Jason Lewis participates at a debate at the TPT studios in St. Paul in 2018.

Rival Jason Lewis criticizes Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith over March stock sales

A Smith campaign spokesman said it was her husband, Archie Smith, who owned the stocks and decided to sell them.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis reached out to protesters from his RV in April during a "Liberate Minnesota" protest in St. Paul.

Minnesota GOP leaders turn election focus to state's pandemic response

Ahead of their state convention, Minnesota Republicans prepare for an election cycle defined by pandemic politics.
Bruce Kronlund cast his vote at the WITC Convention Center in Superior, Wis., on April 7. The Minnesota DFL has moved several congressional endorsemen

DFL congressional endorsements get underway

Unlike the state GOP, which held actual virtual conventions, the DFL has designated a nine-day balloting period.
Bauhaus brewer Dan Larsen used a can seamer to close up a crowler of Stargrazer on a recent Friday afternoon.

Small Minnesota brewers, distillers look to help from Capitol

Proposal to temporarily loosen restrictions on on-site sales faces uncertain prospect in session's final days.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, is joined by former rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar, right, during a campaign stop i

Sen. Amy Klobuchar backs Joe Biden in face of woman's allegations

The Minnesota senator, a key backer of Biden's presidential bid, says she's "proud to be supporting him."
Antone Melton-Meaux is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar for the DFL nomination in the Fifth Congressional District. He does much of his work online since t

Democratic challenge materializes to Rep. Ilhan Omar

Antone Melton-Meaux has money and support in DFL Party bid to unseat representative, but the headwinds remain strong.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s centrist politics track closely with Joe Biden’s own profile.

Amy Klobuchar for veep? Minnesota senator is in mix

The running mate competition is strong, but observers say she could help Joe Biden win voters in the Midwest.
Hundreds of protesters gathered Friday outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

Trump-backed protest urges Walz to 'Liberate Minnesota'

About 800 protesters gathered at the gates of the governor's residence to end stay-at-home orders.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis participated at a debate at the TPT studios in St. Paul, in 2018. Lewis is challenging U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in

Politics of pandemic response emerge in Minnesota Senate race

Jason Lewis, challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in November, has increasingly staked his campaign on resistance to the pandemic response of Minnesota's DFL leadership.
Sergeant Tabbetha Mooney and Master Sergeant Jason Miller of the Wisconsin National Guard were mobilized due to a shortage of poll watchers, concerned

Despite stay-at-home order, many in Wisconsin headed to the polls

Wisconsin's primary went ahead as scheduled Tuesday after Gov. Tony Evers' last-minute delay bid failed.
Brenda and Mike Drinken of Hudson, Wisconsin, held hands as they waited in line to vote Tuesday morning. Hudson voters were allowed into the firehouse

COVID-19 fight looks different in Minnesota's border states

Political leaders in Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota have stopped short of issuing stay-at-home orders, prompting concern over whether they are doing enough to check the virus.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke Friday to the state about the new online dashboard and the info there.

Minnesota puts response info online in push to delay surge

See things ranging from ventilator tallies to total unemployment claims on a new online dashboard that state officials say will provide daily updates.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill March 28, 2020, allocating $330 million in COVID-19 aid at the Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

Walz: Stay-home order working, but surge in cases still coming

Gov. Tim Walz said his stay-at-home order has been successful in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Minnesota but that "the danger is still there," as he urged residents to keep up the efforts.
Service Manager Keith Wilson tests a TV100 ventilator at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Minnesota faces chaotic global battle for more ventilators

Minnesota is scrambling against worldwide competition to line up the ventilators it needs to limit the death toll from a coming surge of patients critically ill with COVID-19.