Reporter | Politics and Government

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.


$1.3B defamation suit filed against Mike Lindell, MyPillow

Dominion Voting Systems' federal lawsuit over Lindell's repeated and discredited claims that Dominion helped steal the 2020 election comes after weeks of warnings from the company.


January revenue report gives GOP an argument against tax hike

January's better-than-expected state revenue receipts are being used as fresh ammunition by Minnesota Republicans opposed to new tax hikes this year.Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner…


Ken Martin, unopposed for Minnesota DFL chair, still sees headwinds

Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin entered the weekend of his re-election vote in a comfortable spot, with no opponent and riding a long streak…


Twitter shuts down MyPillow account after Mike Lindell took it over

Lindell now claiming that he will furnish his proof of election fraud next week.


Lindell: Twitter ban won't stop his claims of election fraud

Twitter 'permanently suspended' the Minnesota-based promoter of election conspiracies and pillows.


Minnesota's Mike Lindell among last crusaders for Trump's baseless election fraud claims

His decision to press an argument that has had no success in court is beginning to take a toll on his business and is raising new doubts about his political future.


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 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 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.


'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.