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Stephen Montemayor

Reporter | Politics and Government
Phone: 612-673-1755

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.
Recent content from Stephen Montemayor
A rally in support of President Donald Trump on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in St. Paul.

Violent words in St. Paul: When does free speech become terroristic threat?

Alley Waterbury cheered on the violent insurrection in Washington as she warned Gov. Tim Walz that there would be consequences if he did not meet…
Minnesota State troopers guard the Capitol during a rally supporting President Trump at the Minnesota Capitol, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 in St. Paul, Min

Minnesota public safety officials suggest avoiding Capitol this weekend

Amid warnings of possible violence, officials ask those without "planned activity or business" at Capitol to stay away.
Minnesota State troopers guarded the State Capitol in St. Paul during a rally supporting President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Minnesota officials suggest avoiding Capitol this weekend

State law enforcement leaders are asking Minnesotans to avoid the State Capitol in the days ahead of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration as authorities brace for possible violent protests in St. Paul and around the country.
The Minnesota State Patrol and Capitol Security forces were keeping a watchful eye around the State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

'Church Service' led by 'Storm the Capitol' organizer approved for State Capitol

Law enforcement has been on alert after credible threats of violence tied to Sunday events around country.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited the State History Center on Tuesday to call for reflection, civility, and peace.

Violent threats against Minn. leaders on rise

It's a trend that started long before last week's storming of the U.S. Capitol cheered on by a crowd in St. Paul.
First-time voter Octavia Rozycki, 18, who drove from college in Mankato to vote, filled out her ballot at the Richfield Municipal Center on Oct. 27.

State audit finds no wrongdoing in Super Tuesday online poll finder glitch

Report said Secretary of State's Office was not prepared for glitch when it redirected to partisan site.
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Minnesota National Guard, security forces prepare amid threats of violence

Walz is deploying the Minnesota National Guard ahead of potentially violent protests.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in Washington at a December hearing.

Minnesota's Democratic delegation wants Trump removed early; GOP opposed to impeachment

Democrats want to impeach if Trump doesn't resign or isn't removed via 25th Amendment; GOP argues late impeachment would be divisive.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., shown in December in Washington.

Minnesota Democrats in Congress want Trump removed; GOP opposes

Democrats want to impeach if Trump doesn't resign or isn't removed via 25th Amendment; GOP argues late impeachment would be divisive.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach and fellow GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn sided with Republicans who voted to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s

Minnesota Republicans torn over what's next after Electoral College challenge

The vote came hours after rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach campaigning in Olivia last October. Fischbach and fellow GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn sided with Republicans who voted to block

Minnesota's Republicans in Congress split on challenge

The vote came hours after rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach campaigning in Olivia last October. Fischbach and fellow GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn sided with Republicans who voted to block

Minnesota's GOP congressional delegation divided on Electoral College challenge

The vote came hours after rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“We are not going to put up with it much longer,” says Gerald Williams of Virginia, Minnesota of his opposition to Governor Walz’s handling of t

Trump supporters protest at Minnesota Capitol, decrying certification

Several hundred gathered in St. Paul as the U.S. Congress began process of certifying Biden win.
Supporters of Pesident Donald Trump wave flags as they protest the result of the presidential election in front of the Capitol in Washington on Tuesda

Minnesota's Republican representatives silent as certification vote nears

Minnesota's Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will lead Senate debate, optimistic for bipartisan accord.
Supporters of Pesident Donald Trump wave flags as they protest the result of the presidential election in front of the Capitol in Washington on Tuesda

Minnesota's Republican representatives silent as certification vote nears

Minnesota's Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will lead Senate debate, optimistic for bipartisan accord.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell spoke to his team before addressing Trump supporters gathered to protest election corruption at Anoka County Blaine airpo

GOP field for Minn. governor's race already taking shape

The last election is barely over, but Minnesota Republicans have already started to angle for the state's next big political matchup.Too soon? For a party…
Commissioner Jim Schowalter and the Management and Budget Office are named in the suit filed by two GOP lawmakers.

Minnesota Republican legislators sue to undo state employee pay raises

A pair of Republican state lawmakers are going to court to try to stop what they are calling an illegal round of pay raises for…
Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, in the Minnesota Senate Building across from the State Capitol.

Limmer emerges as crucial legislator in police reform debate

As the Legislature prepares to resume on Jan. 5, the Maple Grove Republican returns to the helm of a committee that has stymied progressive wish lists on hot-button issues like recreational marijuana and gun control.
The Minnesota State Capitol, shown in 2017.

Minnesota House panel wants $1B for racial reconciliation

The 45-page outline of policy proposals covered economic development, housing, education, public safety, health and the environment.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) held a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall.

Emmer will attend Biden's inauguration, but won't call him president-elect

Republican Rep. Tom Emmer and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar sparred over the election outcome on Thursday.
From left, U.S. Representatives Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn stood with former Rep. Jason Lewis during President Trump's September rally in Duluth. ]

Minnesota GOP delegation all got on board with call to overturn election

U.S. Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber joined Rep. Tom Emmer in an amicus brief to U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber in a September file photo.      ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Millions in federal relief goes to Minnesota companies with ties to lawmakers

Lawmaker-linked Minnesota companies got nearly $18M in federal aid this year.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer in 2019. ]  LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com

Rep. Tom Emmer backs bid to get U.S. Supreme Court to overturn election

Minnesota among 24 states, some led by Republican governor, asking "frivolous" suit be dropped.
Attorney General Keith Ellison in August.] Mark Vancleave - Star Tribune.

Minnesota adds tobacco giant Altria to ongoing suit against Juul Labs

State now one of two in country to sue both companies over e-cigarette marketing and sales.

Judge shuts down attempt to open Stearns County bar early

"I'm not standing here in tears because I'm happy to open," said Kris Schiffler, owner of Shady's Hometown Tavern. "I'm standing here in tears because the attorney general has just shut us down."