Lori Sturdevant | Star Tribune
Editorial writer and columnist

Lori writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 40 years, state government and politics. She's also a regular panelist on the Playing Politics podcast. Lori joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of that institution's Board of Trustees. She has been the author, ghostwriter or editor of 11 books, including "A Man's Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen," "Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement," and "The Pillsburys of Minnesota." Her latest book is "When Republicans Were Progressive" by Dave Durenberger, to be released in September 2018. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

A place of influence: South St. Paul

It has plenty of political history — and this year is a prime political crucible.

Just like that, abortion is an issue in Minnesota this fall

With changes at the U.S. Supreme Court, those elected in our state this November may face a decision as soon as 2020.

Immigration and the Minnesota governor's race

For this state, it's a workforce issue. We need light, not heat.

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A sense that partisanship is now so extreme that it poses a risk to the republic may have spurred turnout.

Questions for candidates in Minnesota's 2018 campaign

On legislative effectiveness, the rural-urban divide and much more.

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The vote did not seem to be about the good of the university.

Minnesota's state universities will fuel the future. So … legislators?

Public higher education must not be neglected.

Questions about the Legislature? Answers here.

On its size, influences, vacancies, constitutional obligations and more.

Minnesota's Eighth is a much-changed congressional district

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