J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and state government

Patrick Coolican began his career by starting a website and following the 2000 presidential campaign. Before coming to the Star Tribune, he was a longtime reporter in Las Vegas.


Star Tribune Minnesota Poll delivers promising results for Republicans

The Star Tribune's first election year poll is complete and, all things considered, it was a good series of results for Minnesota Republicans. President Donald…


Minnesota Poll: Walz, Johnson lead the field in governor's race

But many Minnesota voters remain undecided as the crowded race gets started.


Attorney General Lori Swanson continues to wait — at what cost?

For months observers have waited for her to announce a run for governor.


Minnesotans could face big state tax hikes after fed changes

Minnesota is one of a few states that base state taxes on an income figure plucked from the federal filing called "federal taxable income."


High-stakes debate coming to Minnesota Legislature after federal tax changes

If lawmakers do nothing, a complex maze awaits both tax collectors and taxpayers.


U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer seems like a safe bet to stay put

A recent report in the Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call speculated about potential Republican candidates in the special Senate race to replace Al Franken and…


Lt. Gov. Fischbach will decline pay, continue in Minn. Senate

By trying to remain in the Senate, Fischbach, a Republican, is helping her party maintain its narrow majority status.


Bachmann says she's considering run this year for U.S. Senate

Former U.S. House member Michele Bachmann said on a religious TV program that she is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat Al Franken is vacating.


New year to bring more surprises in Minnesota politics

It was a wild year in Minnesota politics. We lost a U.S. senator in Al Franken, who resigned under the duress of sexual harassment allegations,…


Was MNsure's help line hacked in 2016? That's still unsolved, for now

Since Gov. Dayton announced the IT division found that automated systems were flooding phone lines, Minnesotans have heard nothing more.