Stephen Montemayor | Star Tribune
Reporter | U.S. District Court and federal agencies

Stephen Montemayor covers politics and government in Minnesota. He previously reported on federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.

Budget tensions rise with fiery remarks by Walz, GOP senators

The contrasting scenes with Minnesota senators approving a stopgap bill and Gov. Tim Walz addressing teachers reflected the strains after a week of closed-door budget talks.

Minnesota to sue family behind opioid maker Purdue Pharma

The lawsuit has become part of the political fight over proposed fees on makers of opioid drugs.

Minnesota gun control proposals hit obstacle in conference panel

Proposals fail to advance in surprise conference vote on public safety spending.

Ellison joins suit targeting 'staggering' drug prices

42 states and Puerto Rico allege that the collusion led to large price increases for 112 drugs, some of which soared more than 1,000% beginning in 2013.

Bill to remove statute of limitations in Minnesota rape cases prompts heated debate

Minnesota lawmakers are largely unified around the need to improve the way rape cases are investigated and prosecuted. But a proposal to eliminate the statute…

Statewide task force proposed for revising Minnesota's rape laws

Changes to sex assault statutes advance in Senate, while statute of limitations bill prompts emotional testimony.

Minnesota first lady Gwen Walz spotlights college opportunity in prison

Minnesota's first lady will convene talk at screening of PBS documentary.

State's sentencing commission gaining new perspective

Believed to be the first woman to serve on the commission after having served time behind bars, Tonja Honsey brings a wealth of experience helping mothers and pregnant inmates in the years since her return to society.

DNR to appeal ruling against renaming Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

Commissioner concerned ruling will hinder future efforts to rename waters.

Survivor persists, state Senate passes 'marital rape' repeal

After the Senate's 66-0 vote, Gov. Tim Walz could sign the repeal later this week, striking Minnesota from the ledger of states that still have loopholes that make it difficult under certain circumstances to prosecute men for sexual assault.