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Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.

Walz unveils scaled-down supplemental budget request amid COVID-19 worries

By: - March 12, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday unveiled a slender supplemental budget proposal that would leave unspent $1.2 billion amid growing worry about the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and global economy. “What we’re seeing both globally and we’re seeing in other states, I think that probably has tempered expectations to do our No. 1 […]

Rep. Omar announces marriage to Timothy Mynett, political consultant paid by her campaign

By: - March 11, 2020

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minneapolis, on Wednesday announced on Instagram that she is newly married to Timothy Mynett, a political consultant who had worked for her campaign.  “Got married!” Omar wrote. “From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed!,” adding an Arabic phrase that translates to “praise be to God.”  A spokesman for Omar […]

Minnesota COVID-19 cases grow to 5 as state ramps up efforts to curb outbreak

By: - March 11, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said they will begin moving toward “community mitigation” efforts following the confirmation of two additional COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to five confirmed cases.  Kris Ehresmann, director of the Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease division, said the state on Tuesday tested samples from 100 patients, including […]

Walz signs $21 million coronavirus response bill; Minnesota confirms third case

By: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed into law a bill authorizing the state to spend $21 million to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.  The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, sailed through the Legislature Monday, receiving unanimous approval by both the House and the Senate.  The additional funding now brings the state’s […]

Lawmakers approve $21 million for coronavirus response

By: - March 9, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature on Monday unanimously approved $21 million in funding for the state’s coronavirus preparedness.  Republican and DFL legislative leaders raced to get the bill to DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. The governor is expected to sign the legislation into law Tuesday. The Senate bill by Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, had […]

First coronavirus case confirmed in Minnesota from person who traveled on cruise with COVID-19

By: - March 6, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Friday announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.  The patient is an older adult resident of Ramsey County who recently traveled on a cruise ship with a known case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The individual began experiencing symptoms on Feb. 25 and sought medical […]

Real ID legislation would expand documents for residency verification ahead of Oct. 1 deadline

By: - March 5, 2020

House lawmakers are moving Thursday to quickly expand the types of documents Minnesotans can present to obtain a Real ID.  Time is running out for a large majority of Minnesotans to obtain a REAL ID ahead of an Oct. 1 enforcement deadline.  Fewer than 14% of Minnesotans with drivers licenses or identification cards are currently […]

Klobuchar emerges from Minnesota primary with scars but victorious in push to quell Sanders’ progressive rise

By: - March 4, 2020

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s yearlong quest to become her party’s candidate for president may have ended abruptly Monday, but she has now emerged as a serious contender for vice presidential nominee after her full-throated endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have clinched her home state for him. “We won Minnesota because of Amy […]

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Biden wins half of Minnesota’s delegates after strong finish in the state

By: - March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden amassed 38 of Minnesota’s 75 delegates that were up for grabs Tuesday, after his victory in the state’s primary.  The Minnesota DFL on Tuesday announced Biden’s delegate haul. Sen. Bernie Sanders earned 27 delegates, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren earned 10 delegates.  With 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivers remarks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Sept. 28, 2018.

Klobuchar suspends presidential campaign; endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden

By: - March 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is suspending her presidential campaign and preparing to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dallas, a campaign aide confirmed on Monday. Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota, outlasted a number of other Democratic hopefuls, including former South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, who dropped out of the […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

By: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]

Six takeaways from Minnesota budget forecast, including coronavirus, inflation, GOP tax cuts

By: and - February 27, 2020

Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew modestly, state budget officials said Thursday, swelling to $1.5 billion and immediately touching off fresh debate at the Capitol over legislative spending priorities. But looming over the forecast presentation was the unpredictable impact of the spreading coronavirus on the global economy. State legislative leaders said Thursday they will work to […]