Reporter | Politics and Government

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.


Enforcement action against Shady's tees up legislative clash

It also deepened the tussle over Gov. Tim Walz's peacetime emergency powers.


League of Women Voters challenges Minnesota absentee voting witness rule

League of Women Voters says requirements for witnesses too restrictive.


GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis joins flurry of suits against Minnesota shutdown orders

The U.S. Senate candidate has made reopening the state a campaign focus.


Judge shuts down attempt to open Stearns County bar early

"I'm not standing here in tears because I'm happy to open," said Kris Schiffler, owner of Shady's Hometown Tavern. "I'm standing here in tears because the attorney general has just shut us down."


Hennepin County judge becomes Walz's fourth Appeals Court pick

Hennepin County judge heading to court where she once clerked.


Ellison sues Minn. bar owner who planned to open early

GOP lawmakers criticized the move in a letter: "The reality is, when a Main Street business in rural Minnesota shuts down, it hardly ever reopens."


Walz makes Worthington judge his first state Supreme Court selection

Nobles County Judge Gordon Moore will replace the retiring Justice David Lillehaug.


Effort to broaden hate crime reporting in Minnesota stalls

Statewide policy on hate crime investigations hits a dead end in the state Senate.


Walz considers 'next steps' to increase mail-in voting in Minnesota

Universal vote-by-mail was a nonstarter at the Legislature, but Walz is considering his options.


Minnesota Senate votes to raise tobacco purchase age to 21

The Senate vote sends the bill to Gov. Tim Walz after the Minnesota House advanced similar legislation on Saturday.