Torey Van Oot | Star Tribune
Politics and Government | Reporter

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.


Trump rally in Mpls. follows his attacks on big cities, Democrats

On Thursday, Trump will bring one of his signature rallies to downtown Minneapolis, ground zero of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's district, where the urban-rural divide underlying his attack will be on full display.


Facing a long wait (and drive) for your license test? State senator has a fix for that

Karin Housley's idea: Allow private driving instructors to administer the road tests.


Fallout over legislator's job at U of M sparks calls for new disclosure rules

Transparency advocates are seeking tougher conflict-of-interest rules for Minnesota's 201 state representatives and senators, the majority of whom hold outside jobs when the Legislature is not in session.


Trump will return to state for Oct. 10 rally at Target Center

It will mark his fourth visit in 16 months to Minnesota after repeatedly pledging to pour energy and resources into flipping the state in 2020.


Craig, Phillips seek probe over Trump Ukraine allegations

Two Twin Cities suburban House members joined a growing group of moderate Democrats on Monday voicing support for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.


U president: Hiring of DFL legislator 'put at risk a core value'

Think tank's job offer to a DFL legislator spurs new university president to improve process.


'Get the job done': Minnesota students call for climate action

Several thousand young people emptied local classrooms on Friday as part of a coordinated global movement seeking greater government action on climate change.


"Not one more": Minnesota launches task force on missing and murdered indigenous women

Panel is set to issue recommendations by December 2020.


New Minnesota opioid council goes to work

Members of the advisory board will help decide how to spend $20 million a year in new funds dedicated to curbing the crisis.


MNLARS was a mouthful; now legislators have to pronounce VTRS

That's short for Minnesota's Vehicle Title and Registration System.