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.


What happens to your Minnesota absentee ballot after you mail it?

Minnesota has seen a surge of interest in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters opt to vote early or by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


Senate candidate Erin Murphy's hiring plan sparks GOP complaint

In an e-mail, Erin Murphy said she was recruiting staffers to work for the Minnesota DFL Party, not her campaign.


What would it take for Trump to win Minnesota over Biden?

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These tools can help you navigate the 2020 political ad wars

With just over six weeks to go until Election Day and early voting now underway, campaign ads are taking over.


Trump, Biden stress jobs as they bring campaigns to Minnesota

At a Bemidji rally, President Donald Trump also had a warning about refugees. It came hours after Democratic challenger Joe Biden flew into Duluth. Union, working class voters were the focus of the visits to a region of shifting political inclinations.


How to vote in the 2020 elections in Minnesota

Early voting in Minnesota began Sept. 18. Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot.


DFL lawmaker ordered to repay campaign for nearly $4K in living costs

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Money expected to pour in as battle for Minn. Senate heats up

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