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.


Minn. House Republicans release plan to cut state income tax rate

Reduction would be the first in state since 2000.


Tax deal at State Capitol far from certain

Gov. Mark Dayton offered a sharply worded threat to the Republican-controlled Legislature last week: "There's nothing the administration has to have in this session. There…


With time running short, still no tax fix at Minnesota Legislature

Less than five weeks to go in the legislative session, and the two parties are trading accusations.


Pawlenty laps GOP field with $1M in 3 weeks of fundraising

Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.


One-time bankrupt developer Jerry Trooien running for U.S. Senate

Jerry Trooien files as an independent to challenge Democrat Tina Smith.


Pawlenty's work for banks thrilled Wall Street, angered consumer advocates

In running again for governor, the Republican faces scrutiny of his tenure at Financial Services Roundtable, which fought aggressively against regulations.


As voters face barrage of TV ads, Minnesota candidates will struggle to break out

Get ready to be inundated with TV ads this autumn, thanks to the Minnesota races.


Dayton unveils five-year IT plan in face of daily cyberattacks

The administration of Gov. Mark Dayton has rolled out a five-year strategic plan to improve state government’s cybersecurity in the face of daily attacks from…


Dayton rips into predecessor Pawlenty over run for governor

"I don't know what he's going to run on because his record as governor was so abysmal," Dayton said in an interview with the Star Tribune.


Constituent sues Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach for remaining in Senate

The lawsuit by Destiny Dusosky seeks to remove Fischbach, a Republican, from the Senate.