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.


Sanders overtakes Klobuchar in small-dollar Minnesota donations ahead of Super Tuesday

Sanders out-raised Klobuchar among Minnesotans contributing to ActBlue in January.


Young Minnesota voters feel urgency and plan to vote, poll finds

The Star Tribune/MPR Minnesota Poll found high interest in voting across gender, geographic and partisan lines.


U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's memoir set to hit shelves in May

The publisher describes the 288-page manuscript as an "intimate and rousing memoir by progressive trailblazer."


Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump heading into election

A slim majority of Minnesota voters hold a negative view of President Donald Trump with eight months to go until the general election, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll.


Klobuchar tells supporters in Nevada, Minnesota that focus is on Super Tuesday

Back in Minneapolis, the Minnesota senator says her national reputation is still building.


Will Mondale quip hurt Buttigieg?

Local backers of the former South Bend mayor say the whole thing was overblown.


Minnesota parties still caucus this week

There is a presidential primary now, but the gatherings still play a big role in party business and organizing.


Minnesota Senate GOP: Turn surplus into tax cuts

The plan would reduce the lowest tax rate from 5.35% to 4.9%, expand deductions for businesses and parents of school-age children, and fully eliminate taxes on Social Security income.


'Not her night': What people are saying about Amy Klobuchar's debate

Amy Klobuchar entered the Nevada debate looking to build on momentum from her third-place finish in New Hampshire. But the Minnesota Democrat spent much of Wednesday night fending off intense scrutiny and attacks from rivals.Here's a look at what people are saying.


Klobuchar races to reach out nationally before Super Tuesday

Top-tier status requires more cash and brings more scrutiny ahead of Super Tuesday vote.