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Torey Van Oot reports on Minnesota politics and government for the Star Tribune.

Van Oot covered state and national politics for more than a decade, contributing to outlets ranging from The Sacramento Bee to InStyle to The Washington Post. When she's not writing and tweeting about politics, Van Oot enjoys running, getting outdoors and checking out Minnesota's many craft breweries. She's told she has terrible taste in TV. Van Oot, who grew up in Vermont, lives in Minneapolis with her husband and a sweet but poorly behaved golden retriever.


Walz wants $700,000 for new staff to handle Minnesotans' questions and concerns

House Republicans blasted the proposal to create a new outreach office as "surreal."


Field set in special election for open House seat in east-central Minnesota

The general election will be held on March 19.


Minnesota lawmaker proposes Rare Disease Advisory Council

Research effort could be named after Chloe Barnes, Hopkins toddler who died.


First Klobuchar campaign trip underscores Iowa's importance

Gatherings like Sunday's will be the focus of Klobuchar's presidential campaign until Iowa picks its presidential nominee Feb. 3. For Klobuchar, who lacks the national name identification and fundraising prowess of some of her competitors for the Democratic nod, a strong showing in the state is crucial.


Klobuchar points to importance of Midwest in Wis., Iowa campaign stops

The Minnesota Democrat pledged to work across the aisle and make rural issues a priority as she made the first stops of her 2020 presidential campaign.


With the Senate at full capacity, another special election is triggered

The contest for Jason Rarick's now-vacant former House seat will be held on March 19, with a primary set for March 5.


Klobuchar's presidential bid faces fundraising challenge

Small-dollar donors could be crucial in a crowded 2020 presidential field.


Minn. lawmakers seek more notice of prescription drug price hikes

Companies would have to pre-disclose the increases, under a new proposal.


Rep. Omar apologizes for tweet on Israel viewed as anti-Semitic

The freshman representative's statement came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for an apology, saying she used "anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations" about Israel's supporters.


Sen. Klobuchar joins 2020 fray: 'I'm running for every American'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will test her hometown brand on the national stage as she throws her hat into the ring for the 2020 race to be the President of the United States.