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Patrick Condon

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 202-662-7452

Patrick Condon is a politics and government reporter for the Star Tribune. 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.
Recent content from Patrick Condon
Mike Marti describes himself on his campaign website as a “political outsider.”

Kasson business owner joins GOP field for Minnesota governor

The list of Republicans running for governor of Minnesota is slowly growing.
Minnesota State Capitol. With just days before the end of session, lawmakers were locked in budget negotiations and unable to move ahead with major le

Where big issues stand at the Minnesota Legislature

The divided Legislature has just a few weeks to pass a two-year state budget and try to strike a deal on other key policy issues.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke to the media after announcing a timetable for ending COVID restrictions including the statewide mask mandate and limits

GOP leaders at Capitol pan Gov. Tim Walz's reopening plans

The DFL governor's lifting of COVID restrictions by May 28 come as he, lawmakers try to wrap session.
Buttons, stickers and copies of a few key legislative votes are tacked to the walls of Monica Meyer’s OutFront Minnesota office. The longtime execut

OutFront Minnesota became LGBTQ rights powerhouse under departing leader

Monica Meyer is stepping down after more than a decade leading state's premier LGBTQ equality group.
Census worker Daniel Crawford gathered information from a person in the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis last September during a food drive.

Minnesota won't lose eighth congressional seat, Census Bureau rules

The state kept its eight U.S. House seats by the narrowest of margins.
Walter Mondale and state Rep. Bjorn Olson, R-Elmore, are pictured in 2013 in Mondale’s childhood home, where Olson now lives.

Minnesota Republican politician has unusual link to Walter Mondale

"He grew up in the house that I'm sitting in right now," state Rep. Bjorn Olson said.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, left, sits onstage with former President Jimmy Carter during a celebration of Mondale’s 90th birthday on Jan.

Public memorials for Walter Mondale in September, family says

Family of former VP, who died Monday, says they'll memorialize him in Minnesota, D.C. later this year.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke during a news conference after the guilty verdicts in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Advocates fear Minnesota, federal police reform efforts could lose momentum

Minn. Senate GOP still noncommittal and bill named for George Floyd stalled in U.S. Senate.
Known as “Fritz” to family, friends and voters alike, Walter Mondale died in Minneapolis on Monday at age 93.

After life of history-making service, Walter Mondale dies

He served as vice president under Jimmy Carter, and then chose the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. It followed a series of landmarks in a public career that spanned seven decades in Minnesota and Washington.
Walter Mondale sat on stage with former President Jimmy Carter during Mondale’s 90th birthday party celebration in 2018. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • STAR TR

Walter Mondale remembered for decency, sweep of accomplishments

Political leaders from across the political spectrum praised the former vice president, who died Monday.
Protesters clashed with police outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Monday, April 12, following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

Protesters, police clash at Brooklyn Center police station; 40 arrested

Protesters had been on hand throughout the day outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, but the scene escalated after the start of a 7 p.m. curfew across four Twin Cities metro counties.
Jennifer Carnahan, Republican State Chairwoman, was re-elected Saturday to a third two-year term leading the state party.         ] GLEN STUBBE • gl

Jennifer Carnahan re-elected to lead Minnesota Republican Party

Carnahan wins third two-year term despite challenge for top state GOP post from Sen. Mark Koran
Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Jennifer Carnahan in recent days has been embroiled in a public feud with two of the state party’s other top off

Jennifer Carnahan fights to stay atop Minnesota GOP

Carnahan, state Sen. Mark Koran facing off in a contentious fight to lead state's Republican Party.
Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans a hearing on the proposal Wednesday.

Change to Minnesota sexual assault law looking likelier

A key Republican state senator is signaling he's likely to back changes to Minnesota's criminal sexual conduct laws.A bipartisan proposal at the State Capitol would…
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., takes a hard-line view of corporate monopolies in her book “Antitrust,” due out in April.

Sen. Klobuchar takes on monopolies in new book 'Antitrust'

Antitrust law, Minnesota senator writes, should become "competition policy."
Replacing the 60-year-old Blatnik Bridge connecting Duluth and Superior, Wis., could run upward of $1 billion, state officials say.

Joe Biden's infrastructure plans could bring billions of dollars to Minnesota

They would include $1 trillion for roads, bridges and other transportation projects nationwide.
Minnesota Senate panel votes to put Columbus statue back up at Capitol

Minnesota Senate panel votes to put Columbus statue back up at Capitol

Proposal from Senate Republicans would restore Columbus statue, but DFLers unlikely to get on board.
State Sen. Mark Koran and state Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan are both running to lead the party.

Accusations fly in contest to lead Minnesota Republican Party

Chair Jennifer Carnahan, state Sen. Mark Koran are in a heated contest to lead the state GOP.
Trump’s grip on the party remains, though some are seeking alternatives.

Trump still a force, factor in Minnesota GOP politics

Republican operatives, activists say there remains little upside inside the party to criticize Trump.
Bonnie Haugen and her family have been farming near Canton, Minn., near the Iowa border since the 1990s.

Minnesota farmers prepare for new direction from Washington

A new year brings new reasons for optimism for Minnesota's farmers, fueled by a booming export market with China and forecasts for a strong 2021 harvest. But the new administration has farmers wondering what's in store.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference as the Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that enshrines protection

Minnesota House delegation splits on LGBTQ rights bill

The measure's fate is uncertain in the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Pete Stauber spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in September 2020.

Rep. Stauber 'keeping all options open' regarding Minnesota governor bid

Chatter around possible bid raises possibility of marquee match-up vs. Gov. Tim Walz.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) walks to the House floor for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 4, 2021. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Rep. Ilhan Omar, local leaders call for federal COVID relief

Minneapolis, Hennepin County officials joined Omar in urging big new relief package.

Republican Doug Wardlow makes second bid for attorney general

Doug Wardlow, who lost to Keith Ellison in 2018, says he will seek GOP nomination for a rematch.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, and Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., left, speaks at a news conference

Rep. Ilhan Omar takes leadership post in House Foreign Affairs

The Minnesota Democrat will become vice chair of House panel that oversees Africa policy.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., arrives as the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump starts in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washingt

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith sit in judgment at Senate trial

As both jurors and witnesses to Jan. 6 riot, the state's senators say Trump deserves conviction.
Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan spoke about the need for education reform. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan previewed the education spending plan,

Move for 'accurate' Indigenous history in Minnesota schools

Initiative includes scholarships, training.
Justice Alan Page.  Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan previewed the education spending plan, called Due North, for 2021-22 in afternoon ne

Page Amendment backers renew push for constitutional fix to school equity gap

Minnesota's long and well-documented history of failing to educate students of color as well as white students is at the heart of a brewing political battle over changing the state Constitution.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2019.

Rep. Ilhan Omar and colleagues urge $2K monthly relief checks in letter to Biden

Rep. Ilhan Omar says the federal government should distribute monthly $2,000 checks to U.S. residents "for the duration of the pandemic.""A one-time payment of $2,000…
Gov. Tim Walz spoke at the Capitol on Jan. 15. ] GLEN STUBBE •

Walz's school spending plan focuses on racial equity

The state faces a $1.3 billion budget deficit, but Gov. Tim Walz is still aiming for a hefty spending increase for schools.
President Joe Biden spoke with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who will chair the Rules Committee, at his inauguration.

Minnesota congressional delegation sees much work ahead

A new Democratic president occupies the White House. With a House majority and a new, narrow majority in the Senate, Democrats control Washington completely for…
U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber spoke to the crowd at “Reagan Day at the Ranch”, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in Chisago Count

Minnesota tribes blast Rep. Stauber for opposing Interior nomination

Stauber didn't tell Minnesota tribes of his effort to block Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., celebrates with U.S. President Joe Biden as he prepares to deliver his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Ca

An emotional Inauguration Day for Minnesotans in Congress

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar got the Biden inauguration going with a call to protect democracy.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) spoke during the DFL Election Night Watch Party. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.comBACKGROUND INFORM

For Sen. Klobuchar, a speaking role in today's inauguration festivities

As top Democrat on Senate Rules Committee, Minnesota's Klobuchar to be front and center at inauguration.
A member of the National Guard closed a section of security fencing outside the Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

Nation's capital locks down ahead of Biden inauguration

The deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has cast an ominous shadow over the ceremony, already scaled back because of COVID-19.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

Impeachment vote shows sharp party-line split for Minnesota delegation

None of the votes from Minnesota's eight-member delegation was a surprise.
President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber at a 2018 campaign rally in Duluth, with Rep. Tom Emmer in the background.

Minnesota Republicans in Congress dismiss impeachment

All said Tuesday that they are opposed to the impeachment of President Donald Trump in his final days in office, arguing it would be divisive after previously expressing doubts about the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden's win.
People sang the national anthem Saturday during a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of President Donald Trump.

Many Trump fans acknowledge election loss, but vow not to abandon him

As Trump exits the White House, the fury of his loyalists is likely to remain a potent force in GOP politics in Minnesota and the nation.
People posed with signs thanking law enforcement Saturday as Minnesota state troopers stood guard outside the State Capitol during a rally supporting

Trump supporters gather at Minnesota Capitol

About 100 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered Saturday at the Minnesota State Capitol, waving flags, chanting, praying and expressing support for the president's discounted…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., prepares to announce the Electoral College votes from Arizona as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to conf

Sen. Klobuchar says Capitol breach can never happen again

Soon to be chairing Senate Rules Committee, Klobuchar will likely be part of official response.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., prepares to announce the Electoral College votes from Arizona as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to conf

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Capitol breach can never happen again

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that federal lawmakers must do everything they can in the coming weeks and months to ensure that the U.S. Capitol…
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Congress held

Star Tribune reporter in Washington witnessed U.S. Capitol scene

Star Tribune journalist saw guns drawn, police holding off protesters at press room door.
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Star Tribune reporter in Washington witnessed U.S. Capitol scene

Star Tribune journalist saw guns drawn, police holding off protesters at press room door.
Gov. Tim Walz

Will Gov. Walz extend Minnesota virus restrictions?

Business closures expire Jan. 11, so an announcement is expected soon.
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls earlier this year.

When's the last time a Minn. Republican won a majority statewide?

You have to go back a full quarter century for the answer.
In this October 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) hosted a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall. ]  LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startri

Rep. Tom Emmer says national debt drove his opposition to $2K relief checks

Emmer alone in Minnesota delegation in opposition to boosting COVID relief for individuals.
Protesters in favor of defunding the police shouted at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a June 6 demonstration.

Disruption defined Minnesota's year in politics

Often, events dictate the direction of our politics.Sometimes, politicians and their actions shape the course of events.Then there was 2020. As the year wraps up,…
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., holds up images of people in America standing in food distribution lines, as he speaks during a news conference with th

Minnesotans in Congress get behind relief package

Sen. Klobuchar, Reps. Omar and Phillips all come out for COVID relief, say more will be needed.
Rep. Jim Ramstad, with wife Kathryn, represented the Third Congressional District, centered in western Hennepin County, from 1991 to 2009.

Bill proposes naming Wayzata post office for former Rep. Jim Ramstad

Minnesota's full congressional delegation is on board with a proposal to rename Wayzata's post office in honor of former congressman Jim Ramstad, who died last month.
President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber at a 2018 campaign rally in Duluth. Rep. Tom Emmer is behind Stauber.

Still no word from top Minnesota Republicans on Biden win

Minnesota's three GOP congressmen and newly elected colleague continue to ignore requests for comment on the outcome of the race or on Trump's allegations.
Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden’s nominee for national security adviser, spoke at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday.

Minnesotan tapped for national security adviser aims to be strong but polite

The 1994 graduate of Southwest High School in Minneapolis was tapped last week by President-elect Joe Biden for one of the biggest jobs in his White House.
Minneapolis native Jake Sullivan, pictured in 2015, is a top aide to President-Elect Joe Biden, is expected to land a prominent job in the new adminis

Top Biden adviser Jake Sullivan has Minneapolis roots, White House future

There was Jake Sullivan on Monday morning, the official first day of the presidential transition, emceeing a nationally broadcast Zoom call with President-elect Joe Biden,…
Congressional candidates Kendall Qualls and Tyler Kistner listened backstage as Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at the election night party at the Doub

Minnesota Republicans lack a formula to win statewide

Since 2006, Republicans have lost 26 of 27 such races to Democrats.
Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke during a drive-in campaign event in Falcon Heights on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

Joe Biden cements DFL's strength in Minnesota cities, big suburbs

Biden racked up big numbers in Minn.'s cities and suburbs.
Carlos Remigio, right, a volunteer, and Michael Lindsay, left, a Ramsey County employee, worked to unload the car of an election judge on Tuesday nigh

Minnesota stays blue, with Joe Biden winning the state's presidential vote

Tuesday night's result comes after an intense presidential campaign that included several visits to Minnesota by President Donald Trump and the former vice president. It extends a Democratic streak in the state's presidential elections that dates back to 1976. Minnesota's 10 electoral votes are pivotal ones in the close nationwide presidential race.
Tasha Huebl, left, and Alexandra Tup door-knocked in Prior Lake on Sunday, Nov. 1, for the Trump ticket. They also put out door fliers for down ballet

As time runs out, campaigns scour Minnesota for votes

Facing the prospect of postelection court fights, Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials urged voters who hadn't already mailed their ballots by the final weekend to take them to early drop-off sites or vote in person Tuesday.
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Trump, Biden both headed to Minnesota today for rallies

Trump will be in the Rochester area today; Biden will be in St. Paul.
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

For nearly 800,000 Minnesotans who have one or more of the pre-existing conditions that insurers most commonly used to deny or limit coverage, the debate could be one of the most personally consequential of the election.
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.