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.


Trump, state GOP candidates want post-Election Day ballots set aside

Petition is part of ongoing Republican challenge to extended deadlines for absentee ballots.


Feds in Minnesota charge 60 in $335M magazine fraud scheme that targeted seniors

Authorities say conspiracy bilked 183,000 people over 20 years, crossed borders.


Minnesota ballot extension deadline goes before federal appeals panel

A federal appeals court is weighing a challenge to Minnesota's one-week extension for counting mailed-in absentee ballots while elected officials and activists warn of confusion…


Company cancels plan to recruit armed guards for Minnesota polls

Attorney General Keith Ellison opened an investigation on Tuesday in response to job listings for ex-special forces members.


Michelle Fischbach hopes she'll be the one to flip Minnesota's 7th District from Collin Peterson

Former lieutenant governor and state senator is trying to defeat a 30-year incumbent.


Calls for armed guards, 'Army for Trump' cause alarm in Minn.

Amid preparations complicated by the pandemic, state and federal officials are monitoring new reports of private security contractors advertising jobs that would — illegally — dispatch armed guards to Minnesota polls.


Attorney General Keith Ellison probes firm hiring armed guards for Minnesota polling sites

Rights groups sue to keep Atlas Aegis from sending ex-soldiers to watch polls.


Walz, Ellison warn political campaigns to comply with Minnesota's COVID-19 safety rules

Walz and Ellison focus especially on safety of large political gatherings in the run-up to Election Day.


Ellison, state GOP spar over COVID requirements for Eric Trump rally

Ellison says office asked for a required preparedness plan; GOP claims abuse of power.


Federal judge upholds Minnesota's extended ballot counting

Judge turns back GOP challenge, says ballots postmarked Nov. 3 are valid if received by Nov. 10.