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.


Amid pressure for gun control, Republicans cite lagging enforcement of existing laws

Just hours before Margaret Flath's husband shot and killed her in a domestic dispute two years ago, he had bonded out of jail in Wadena,…


St. Louis Park man who joined ISIS is believed found in Syrian prison

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 22, disappeared in 2015 while on a family vacation. He claims that the FBI interrogated him in a Syrian prison.


Libertarian Party in court for easier path to Minnesota ballot

Its first challenge is to Minnesota's primary voting restriction.


Analyst: Fischbach not invulnerable but makes Seventh District race a 'tossup'

Another national political analyst considers former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach’s challenge to longtime DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson a “tossup.” David Wasserman of the…


Cost forecast for Super Tuesday in Minnesota triples, thanks in part to 2 legalize-marijuana parties

Secretary of state says new major parties on ballots will boost costs.


Michelle Fischbach to test Collin Peterson's strength in a pro-Trump district

Their battle sets up what could be the most competitive and closely watched U.S. House race in Minnesota


ATF says record year for gun seizures in Minnesota

The recent mass shootings have renewed scrutiny of semiautomatic military-style rifles.


Klobuchar's prosecutor past, once an asset, puts her on the defensive

The same job that served as the foundation of Klobuchar's political career has been the source of fresh skepticism among voters of color and progressives.


Minnesota is key battleground state, Sanders tells fairgoers

A thick crush of supporters followed Sanders between radio and television interviews, chanting his name and cheering.


St. Cloud couple who refused to film same-sex wedding win in appeals court

Appeals panel says state law violates speech rights.