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Ryan Faircloth covers Minnesota politics and government for the Star Tribune.

Faircloth previously covered higher education and breaking news, contributing to the Star Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the police killing of George Floyd. A 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Faircloth started his career covering state politics for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and was named Minnesota's Young Journalist of the Year by the state Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting at the Capitol. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing boxing and mixed martial arts – sports he once competed in – and searching the Twin Cities for barbecue and tacos that are even half as good as those he had growing up in Houston.


Republicans in Minnesota, U.S. change tune on early voting in push to get Trump elected again

GOP leaders are promoting early voting this year as a means to get Trump elected. They're also calling for future restrictions, such as a return to same-day voting.


Minnesota Republicans show solidarity with Trump at RNC, vow to turn state red

Republicans also passed a new party platform on Monday and celebrated the announcement of Donald Trump's running mate, U.S. Sen. JD Vance.


Minnesota's delegates to the RNC unified after assassination attempt on Trump

Thirty-nine delegates from Minnesota are in Milwaukee for the national convention. Some cite the economy and Democratic policies as their reasons for supporting the former president in his re-election bid.


How 6 Minnesota conservatives feel about the presidential race ahead of the RNC

Conservatives who participated in a Star Tribune voter panel were divided on whether they'll support former President Donald Trump. But they shared concerns about immigration, the economy and other issues.


Many millions lost. Is the Walz administration taking fraud and waste seriously enough?

Minnesota's legislative auditor questions if agencies and the governor's office are taking its recommendations seriously. The governor's office said agencies have implemented many of the auditor's suggestions, but sometimes "we may fundamentally disagree."


Democrats ignored voter concerns about Biden's age. Then came the debate.

Angie Craig has joined R.T. Rybak in calling on the president to make way for a new Democratic nominee, while others struggle to reckon with Biden's halting debate performance,


Minnesota GOP candidate Steve Boyd wants to make America Christian again

Some have called Boyd a Christian nationalist. He doesn't reject the label.


Boosted by Trump's visit, Minnesota GOP raised more than $1M last month

"I believe we're in as strong a position as maybe we've been in recent times," state GOP Chair David Hann said Friday.


Minnesota Poll: Biden holds narrow lead over Trump, but GOP voters are more enthusiastic

Biden leads Trump 45%-41% in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 poll.


Anti-establishment conservatives gain power in Minnesota GOP

Recent endorsement battles illustrate the growing influence of the so-called grassroots wing of the state Republican Party.