Maya Rao | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington Bureau

Maya Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.


Dismay, support, confusion follow Franken apology for behavior

As some former allies call for a resignation, the woman who reported that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped at her without permission in 2006 said he has sent her a personal apology.


Franken apologizes to accuser; President Trump weighs in

Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.


Minn. higher education leaders raise alarms about GOP tax plan

As tax overhaul speeds through Congress, campus leaders in Minnesota say it has big downsides for student debtors, research capacity, building projects.


Sex harassment allegations are challenging State Capitol culture

Those who regularly pass through the Capitol share stories of a proverbial small world that can enable untoward behavior.


Veterans, especially in rural Minnesota, look on as lawmakers try to overhaul health care

Lawmakers working to fix much-maligned Choice Program.


Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken call for action on opioid overdose reversal drug

– As President Donald Trump announced that the opioid epidemic is a public health emergency, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken called on…


Tax reform could add up to billions for Minnesota's biggest companies

Minnesota's biggest companies would see billions in relief – but what about workers?


Paulsen backs bump stock ban, angering gun control opponents

The Minnesota Republican's decision to cosponsor the measure to ban a device that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire at the rate of machine guns has drawn the ire of gun-control opponents.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushes for transparency in online political ads

The stronger proposed disclosure rules from Minnesota's Klobuchar and colleagues are aimed at diluting Russian interference in elections.


Klobuchar, other lawmakers dined with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Minnesota senator, others from Judiciary panel discussed criminal justice reform with Trump, Kushner