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.


DFL legislator's family confronts COVID-19's spread

The moment he felt a slight itch in his throat, state Rep. Fue Lee worried he might have caught COVID-19. Days earlier, the Minneapolis Democrat…


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Minnesota soldiers played a pivotal role at Gettysburg, a major Confederate loss.


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

The outcome could alter policy for years to come, including state's pandemic response and a chance to redraw the state's political maps for the next 10 years as the decennial redistricting process gets underway.


Police group pulls endorsements of several DFL incumbents

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers' Association has clashed publicly with House DFL over a candidate's conduct.


Gov. Walz calls Legislature back for another special session

The session set for Friday could bring political fight.


Minnesota DFLers postpone fundraiser after backlash over Hugo protest

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