Politics and government reporter | Higher Education

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.


'The corona class': Minnesota lawmakers elected during pandemic adjust to in-person politicking

"We're not real freshmen, but we feel like it," second-term DFL state Rep. Jessica Hanson said.


Walz proposes checks for 2.5 million Minnesota households

The DFL governor rolled out a $65 billion budget Tuesday, including checks and some Social Security tax breaks.


Walz calls for $300M to finance local public safety efforts

The governor debuted his safety, health and housing plans Monday.


Governor, DFL propose billions to 'fully fund' education

Gov. Tim Walz is proposing a more than $700 million general funding boost for public schools over the next two years and to permanently tie annual increases to inflation.


Minn. lawmakers debating marijuana legalization ask: Should the state or cities regulate it?

The DFL's marijuana bill would have the state regulate it. Some GOP legislators said cities should have the authority.


8 takeaways from Minnesota Democrats' marijuana legalization bill

The hefty bill covers a lot of ground but faces multiple hurdles and potential revisions before it can become law.


DFL House speaker: Keith Ellison could get funding to hire more prosecutors 'very quickly'

Republicans attacked Ellison during the 2022 election for not having enough criminal prosecutors in his office.


'2023 is the year': Minnesota Democrats unveil bill to legalize recreational marijuana

With Democrats controlling the House and Senate, legalization could happen this year, lawmakers said.


Legislature convenes with historic diversity, Democrats in full control

Lawmakers return to the State Capitol with big spending and policy goals and a record-breaking $17.6 billion surplus.


At stake in 2023 at the Capitol: Abortion, climate, marijuana, tax relief — and lots of cash to spend

We track the status of top issues in the 2023 legislative session.