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.


Pressure mounts to pass new policing bills after Daunte Wright's death

Governor, legislative leaders face calls to act on additional law enforcement reforms.


Connected by police encounter deaths, Floyd and Wright families embrace in public sorrow

They drew a line connecting their grief, their calls for justice and their calls for reform.


More unrest as chief says officer meant to use Taser on Wright

After post-curfew clashes outside the Brooklyn Center police station Monday night, officials said 40 people were arrested. In Minneapolis, more than a dozen were arrested for looting and curfew violations.


Biden's action on guns divides Minnesota delegation

State's delegation sticks to party lines in response to Biden's executive moves.


Where big issues stand at the Minnesota Legislature

The divided Legislature has just a few weeks to pass a two-year state budget and try to strike a deal on other key policy issues.


National voting rights clashes color debate over Minnesota election law proposals

Divided Legislature remains far apart on top priorities.


New security fence installed at Minnesota Capitol

Public safety commissioner says improved barrier not meant to be permanent.


Minnesota stalemate on gun laws is contrast to broader national momentum

With debate stalled, carry permits and background checks are at record levels.


These Minnesotans didn't know they challenged the election until months later

At least one of several lawsuits carried the names of citizens who were unaware that they had been named as plaintiffs.


Hate crimes against Asians bring calls for new legislation in Minnesota, U.S.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar joined state leaders Wednesday in urging action.