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.


Gun control efforts in Minnesota took a back seat in November's vote

Minnesota gun-control activists hoped that 2020 would be a pivotal year for advancing background check and red-flag legislation. The divided Legislature means those bills will likely meet another blockade in 2021.


Minnesota GOP claims election 'abnormalities' without evidence

Election officials on Friday swiftly rejected claims by Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan that "extreme data abnormalities" might have influenced the state's Nov. 3…


Attorney General Keith Ellison makes women's economic security target of new task force

Pandemic is worsening pre-existing disparities, AG Keith Ellison says.


Walz urges more criminal justice policy changes next session

Minnesota's governor says the changes made in July should be the starting point for new policy.


Rep. Omar severs financial ties with husband's political firm

She denies impropriety but ends contract to avoid a perception of conflict.


Of 1.8 million mail-in ballots in Minnesota, just 2,500 arrived after Election Day

Just 2,500 were counted after original Election Day deadline.


Minnesota was an oasis of calm on Election Day

Amid swirling litigation around the country and attacks on the integrity of the 2020 vote, nearly all signs point to Minnesota being an oasis of…


Gov. Tim Walz announces new revenue commissioner

He will replace Cynthia Bauerly, who led the state tax agency for six years.


Justice Thissen defeats perennial Supreme Court candidate MacDonald

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen won by nearly 19 percentage points of the votes tabulated by Thursday.


Judge won't halt challenge to Minnesota extended ballot deadline

Votes received after 8 p.m. Nov. 3 will be segregated.