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.


Minnesota State Capitol fence to stay 'until further notice'

The temporary fence went up on May 31 as a precaution to protect the Capitol following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.


Gov. Walz not on the ballot this year in Minnesota? Think again

As the state's top elected executive, and a face of the state's response to COVID-19, the governor and his record are an election-year issue in the 201 legislative races for control of the State Capitol.


Walz officials nixed return of Columbus statue at Capitol

Internal e-mails were released shortly before Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced the formation of two task forces to help guide decisions.


At community colleges, new hurdles in turning out the vote

From puppies to free flu shots, organizers are getting creative.


Minnesota campaign watchdog nixes GOP complaint against Democrat Erin Murphy

Sen. Paul Gazelka alleged that the state Senate candidate had violated campaign law.


Minn. Senate approves $1.9B infrastructure package

The passage marked the end of months of contentious negotiations over a measure supporters say will provide an infusion of cash and jobs into state and local economies. The measure also includes tax changes backed by Republicans.


'The change we need': George Floyd's sister appears in new Biden ad

George Floyd’s sister is urging Americans to vote, in a new television ad released by the Biden campaign Wednesday. In a 30-second video,…


Minnesota Senate GOP report blames Gov. Tim Walz, Mayor Jacob Frey for slow riot response

Democratic leaders reject findings, call document fodder for election.


A last shot at a bonding bill in Minnesota?

Legislators will convene in St. Paul again on Monday for a fifth special session.


Federal judge: Minn. congressional race is back on for November

The contest between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner had been delayed after the death of a pro-pot candidate.