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

J. Patrick Coolican is a Star Tribune political reporter who began his career by starting a website and following the 2000 presidential campaign. He's been a journalist in seven different states, and in 2013-14 was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Coolican is married to Star Tribune visual journalist Leila Navidi, and they have a son named Liam. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he studied philosophy and literature. He has been to nearly 50 Phish concerts, and welcomes your critical disapproval.


Walz is 'done with the drama,' brings his vast agenda to Capitol

Gov.-elect Tim Walz's success hinges on whether the vigorous approach and penchant for pragmatism he brought to the campaign trail can win over the Republican lawmakers whose votes he needs.


Gov.-elect Tim Walz promises everyone a 'seat at the table'

The Walzs, who have a 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, said they are considering moving into the governor's residence in St. Paul but are unsure of the timing.


DFL Party's longest-serving chairman looks to extend his tenure

Ken Martin has been the chairman since 2011.


Walz wins Minnesota governor's race, extending DFL control

The victory gives Democrats four more years in the governor's office following two terms by Gov. Mark Dayton.


For GOP, midterm success means reactivating 2016 voters

Midterm victories could turn on reactivating passions that drove president's win in 2016.


Minnesota voters will send a message Tuesday, but what?

Turnout will be the key factor in so many ways on Election Day.


Differences dominate final debate between Jeff Johnson, Tim Walz

In days, Minnesotans will choose one of the two to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who is retiring after two terms.


PolyMet copper-nickel mine gets green light from DNR

A long, contentious regulatory review ends with permits for the huge copper-nickel mine.


Where Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson stand on abortion, guns and immigration

Issues like taxes, health care, education and roads are at the top of the to-do list for Minnesota’s next governor. But whoever wins the race…


County e-mails from Stauber show political maneuvering

Pete Stauber once used his St. Louis County e-mail to seek damaging information about Rep. Rick Nolan's voting history and forwarded damaging information about another potential opponent to a GOP operative in Washington, according to e-mails released by the county.