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.


Suburban women a challenge for Trump in Minnesota

With four months until Election Day, suburban women find themselves again a pivotal campaign demographic and a focus in key Midwestern states.


Senate GOP seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state's measures on abortion access.


Funding shortfall cancels Minn. opioid response grants, raises call for change

A 2019 law was supposed to provide $20 million, but many programs have been shut out.


Minnesota Senate hears from metro businesses damaged by unrest

As the Senate launches its inquiry, the partisan divide over the political and policy response to George Floyd's death is growing at the State Capitol.


Minnesota August primary voting has started: Here's what you need to know

Any eligible Minnesotan can now elect to vote early by mail or in person.


Minn. Senate Republicans plan hearings into Twin Cities unrest

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the hearings, set to begin July 1, will focus on the looting and fires that damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 structures across the Twin Cities. The June 10 toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on the State Capitol grounds will also be subject to review.


Legislators of color take lead on police reform: 'We're speaking in a unified voice'

The Minnesota Legislature was once a lonely place for state Rep. Rena Moran. After her election in 2010, the St. Paul Democrat was the only…


As Minnesota opens up, some candidates return to the campaign trail

The socially distanced campaign season has arrived. As Minnesotans return to restaurants, gyms and theaters following months of coronavirus closures, some candidates are resuming in-person…


Minn. officials helped spread of misinformation after George Floyd's death

The swirl of rumors during the arson and looting illustrated how relaying accurate information is crucial for ensuring public trust and safety.


Hackers force Minnesota Senate website offline

It's the latest in a series of cyberattacks targeting state and local computer systems.