Reporter | Politics and Government

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.


MyPillow inventor open to speculation about 2022 bid for Minnesota governor

Mike Lindell has been one of Trump's loudest boosters in Minnesota.


GOP lawmakers press for first Minn. 'Second Amendment sanctuary'

Several leading Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are asking officials in Sherburne County to "provide leadership" on gun-owner rights by designating their central Minnesota county the state's first "Second Amendment sanctuary."


Republicans kick off fight over Minnesota gun laws in Hibbing

The GOP bills taking shape just weeks before the Legislature convenes stand in sharp contrast to existing DFL plans to expand criminal background checks and institute "red flag" laws.


What you need to know before Minnesota's first presidential primary since 1992

Early voting starts Jan. 17, barring complications from court challenge.


In a precarious spot, Sen. Amy Klobuchar presses her case in Iowa

With time running out, Klobuchar has sought to present herself as a moderate alternative to the top tier's most left-leaning candidates.


Can Amy Klobuchar capitalize on the Iowa debate?

The slimmer field offers a chance for more airtime and a longer look from voters still making up their minds.


Court allows Minn. GOP's primary ballot with only Trump

The quick ruling came in a case that threatened to disrupt the start of early primary voting next week.


CenturyLink to pay back $8.9M to Minnesota customers

Attorney General Keith Ellison says the company overbilled as many as 300,000 Minnesotans.


Michael Bloomberg to make first campaign stop in Minnesota on Wednesday

The presidential candidate is spending heavily on the airwaves ahead of the state's Super Tuesday primary.


Which Minnesota representative is out if we lose a House seat?

It's not just about losing clout in Congress and the Electoral College.