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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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Back in January, Megan Olson, left, a 20-year-old Republican, wants to unseat DFL Rep. Robert Bierman in Apple Valley. She chats up Erika Cashin, who

Amid an election-year pandemic, Minnesota candidates are making changes

Candidates, operatives and activists are racing to keep campaigns operating without the time-honored political art of pressing the flesh.
The final vote of 96-0 shows passage of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to coronavirus pandemic, passed by the Senate at the U.S

Minnesota reps unite as House passes $2.2T COVID relief bill

Emergency package includes about $1.2 billion for Minnesota's general fund.
Husband John Bessler and daughter Abigail stood at Sen. Amy Klobuchar's side as she announced her presidential bid.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband checks out of hospital

John Bessler received a coronavirus diagnosis but is now recovering at home.
Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

First Minnesota COVID-19 death is confirmed

The Ramsey County resident who died March 19 was 80 to 89 years old with underlying health issues, according to officials. Nearly a third of the state's counties have been affected.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorsed Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020 in D

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in the mix for Joe Biden's running mate

What would she bring? Her message of Midwestern electability and centrist views that echo Biden's.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) spoke at a town hall meeting last October in Blaine. Emmer was one of 40 House Republicans to vote against a coronavirus

Emmer votes against coronavirus aid bill

Minnesota congressman was one of 40 GOP colleagues to oppose bipartisan bill backed by White House.
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 looks back on her White House bid

"We felt like what was happening those last few weeks, we had wanted to have happen four months before," the Minnesota Democrat said.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary night election rally in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

To win Minnesota in November, Joe Biden not 'starting from zero'

The former vice president has yet to develop the sort of statewide organization likely needed in the general election against President Donald Trump, who has vowed to make the state a battleground.
Amy Klobuchar's speech Monday at a Salt Lake City rally was the last of her 2020 presidential campaign.

Inside Amy Klobuchar's decision to end her 2020 White House bid

Even within the Minnesota Democrat's circle of closest confidants, views on the best path forward differed.
After Super Tuesday, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination was looking like a two-man one between Joe Biden, left, and Bernie Sanders.

Super Tuesday primary: Biden beats Sanders in Minnesota

Joe Biden's fortunes appeared to have been buoyed by the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race on the eve of her home-state primary. Sanders had been seen as a strong favorite after winning the Minnesota caucuses four years ago.
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 ends campaign for president, backs Biden

Klobuchar and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., both endorsed Joe Biden on Monday, a sudden consolidation of the race's Democratic centrists as they attempt to block Sen. Bernie Sanders from the party's nomination.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

Amy Klobuchar gets little help from South Carolina, casting more doubt on future

Trailing in the fourth contest of the Democratic race and registering in the single digits, the Minnesota senator pivots to Super Tuesday.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar took her presidential campaign to Virginia on Friday.

Amy Klobuchar struggles to make a mark in South Carolina

Polls of the Palmetto State have Joe Biden on top, while the Minnesota Democrat lags behind the major candidates.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., campaigns Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

Hot Dish: South Carolina votes as Klobuchar pivots to Super Tuesday

Welcome to a special edition of Hot Dish, the Star Tribune's weekday newsletter on all things Minnesota politics. We're publishing special editions through the weekend…
Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during a campaign event in South Carolina.

Klobuchar faces a South Carolina test in reaching black voters

At ministers' group in S.C., Klobuchar pitches her candidacy to a group of influential black leaders.
Amy Klobuchar, center, has showed no signs of dropping out as the Democratic presidential race focused on South Carolina.

Klobuchar gets pressured to bow out of Democratic presidential race

A sixth-place finish in Nevada, her struggles in South Carolina and single-digit poll showings in several big Super Tuesday states have some Democrats asking questions.
In July, Amy Klobuchar greeted Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren before a Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. A new Star Tri

Minnesota Poll: Klobuchar, Sanders lead Democratic pack

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll as the state's March 3 presidential primary nears, with both well ahead of their nearest Democratic rivals.
With campaign manager Justin Buoen at her side, Amy Klobuchar walked backstage to greet almost 100 staffers gathered in the war room at he Des Moines

Longtime adviser, 'Amy whisperer' at the helm of Klobuchar campaign

In tapping Justin Buoen to manage her campaign, Klobuchar went for a trusted adviser rather than an experienced Washington operative.
Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic

Amy Klobuchar deals with intense scrutiny in Nevada debate

In Las Vegas, the Minnesota Democrat faced some of the most pointed criticism she's seen so far in the race.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at her election night party, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Concord, N.H.

Klobuchar surges past Warren, Biden into third place in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. – Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar rocketed to a strong finish in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday, revitalizing her prospects as the…
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., holds a rally at Keene State College, in Keene, N.H., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, a day b

Klobuchar shows signs of breakout in New Hampshire

Two new polls of New Hampshire Democrats show Sen. Amy Klobuchar jumping into third place with just hours until polls open in the party's presidential primary.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., arrives at "Our Rights, Our Courts" forum New Hampshire Technical Institute's Concord C

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's hopes are on the line in New Hampshire

The Minnesota Democrat is blanketing the Granite State this weekend in hopes of hanging on.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., waves on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, App

Amy Klobuchar uses debate to take swings at rivals

  MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sen. Amy Klobuchar, looking to rise in New Hampshire ahead of its upcoming primary, swiped repeatedly at her leading rivals…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to supporters while waiting for results at her caucus night party Monday in Des Moines.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar fights for breakthrough in Iowa

DES MOINES – Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared to be on track to finish in the top five in Iowa’s Democratic caucuses Monday night, keeping…
After officially announcing her candidacy for President, Amy Klobuchar's first appearance in Iowa was here in Mason City. On Sunday it was also her fi

Caucus Hot Dish: Today's the day for Iowa to cast its first votes

Welcome to a special edition of Hot Dish, the Star Tribune's weekday newsletter on all things Minnesota politics. We're publishing special editions ahead of the…
After officially announcing her candidacy for President, Amy Klobuchar's first appearance in Iowa was here in Mason City. Today it was also her final

On the eve of Iowa's caucuses, Klobuchar puts her strategy to the test

The Minnesota senator hit the ground running in her return to the Midwest ahead of Monday's crucial test in the first battleground for the presidential primary field.
Joe Biden held a community event Thursday at Vince Meyer Learning Center, Gymnasium in Waukee, Iowa.

Friday Morning Hot Dish: All eyes on Iowa

Happy Friday from a gray and gloomy Des Moines. The windows in my downtown hotel room offer a broad sweeping view to the north, and…
Pete Buttigieg, left, and Joe Biden,right, hit the campaign trail in Iowa. With her mother in Washington for President Trump's impeachment trial, Abig

It's crunch time for Democrats in Iowa, but some still in D.C.

Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg were in full campaign mode while Sen. Amy Klobuchar tries to keep Iowa momentum in absentia ahead of the caucuses Monday.
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 ¥

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.