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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.


Environment becomes key voter concern in Minn., across U.S.

Perennial campaign issues like the economy, health care and immigration have long driven voters to the polls. But, in the face of growing international concern about the planet's future, climate change and the environment are emerging as key concerns.


Omar shows strong fundraising; raises $830K for re-election campaign

The freshman Democrat's first-quarter fundraising outpaced many fellow members of Minnesota's congressional delegation.


Omar reports increased death threats following Trump tweet

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has seen a spike in death threats since a tweet by President Donald Trump suggesting that she minimized the significance…


Minn. lawmakers push tougher regulations for student loan companies

While the industry opposes state regulations, supporters argue that failing to act will have long-term consequences for the state's economy and workforce.


New Minnesota law closes prosecution loophole in LRT crashes

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Friday to close a hole in state law that local prosecutors say prevented them from charging a light-rail train…


Minnesota House passes bill to allow driver's licenses for all

The Minnesota House passed a measure Friday 74-52 that would give all immigrants the ability to get driver's licenses, even if they are in the country illegally.


Minnesota saw big boost in young voter turnout in 2018

Participation among voters 29 and younger rose across the country.


Rep. Omar backers rally in Minneapolis

Omar was not at the gathering outside the Urban League office, and a spokesman said her office was not affiliated with the event.


Light rail drivers could face reckless driving charges under Minnesota bill

The change was sparked by a 2017 crash in St. Paul that killed a 29-year-old man.


State Senate OKs new fees on drug firms to fight opioid crisis

The bipartisan 59-6 vote came two weeks after the state House passed a similar measure, setting up negotiations to work out differences in the two bills before sending a final compromise to Gov. Tim Walz, who has said he will sign the final proposal into law.