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.


Winners and losers at State Capitol with session wrapped up

Who did well and who didn't in the legislative session that ended early Friday.


For labor movement in Minnesota, a tough week at State Capitol

Minnesota’s labor movement had a crisis moment last week, as various compromises and deals between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature surfaced in…


Dayton says he is undecided on signing all 10 budget bills

The governor leveled criticism at some features of the plan, particularly the tax bill, after the Legislature wrapped up its special session at 3 a.m. Friday.


State Legislature wraps up special session

With votes on the bonding bill, lawmakers ended their work early Friday on the state's $46 billion two-year budget. The finish came on the fourth day they met in a special session. The bills were headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.


Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.


At Capitol, final bills take shape as push is on to finish Minn. budget

In a special session, Gov. Dayton and lawmakers work to finalize the state's $46 billion budget.


Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

"We've got a framework. We still have details to work out," Dayton said, calling a special session for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to end at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.


Sheriff Rich Stanek running for re-election, not governor, in 2018

The Hennepin County sheriff made the announcement on Facebook.


Session endgame shows importance of 2018

With the Senate not up for election in 2018 and the House GOP majority looking relatively secure, a Republican governor in 2018 could finally get the GOP the big tax cuts they have been thirsting after for years.


Capitol player Golnik plots path to greater power for Minnesota Republicans

Ben Golnik's instincts, drive to win pushed the party to new heights.