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.


Minnesota GOP secretary of state candidate pushes voting restrictions while denying election results

Kim Crockett, who falsely claims 2020 election was "rigged," said restrictions are needed to restore confidence.


Nearly two dozen sheriffs endorse Schultz over Ellison in AG race

The Republican nominee gets law enforcement backing against the incumbent Democrat.


Vireo Health sues state, seeks to sell edibles on open market

One of the state's medical cannabis companies argues its marijuana edibles are "chemically identical" to THC edibles derived from legal hemp.


Minnesota Poll: 53% support legalizing recreational marijuana

New poll shows growing support for legal marijuana in Minnesota.


Minnesota Poll: 48% support making sports gambling legal

About 1 in 5 Minnesotans were undecided on the issue. Sports betting is now legal in more than 30 states, including all of Minnesota's neighbors.


'We're the FBI': Lindell recounts having phone taken at Mankato Hardee's

In an interview, he lashed out at politicians, the government and media for not going along with his baseless election fraud claims.


Report flags 3 Minnesota members of Congress for stock trading conflicts

Democratic Reps. Dean Phillips, Angie Craig and Sen. Tina Smith were among the names cited.


Minn. Democrats embrace police-friendly message amid concerns about crime

With the midterms fast approaching, Democrats are struggling to balance past reform efforts with support for police.


Minnesota secretary of state candidates differ sharply on voting

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon and his Republican challenger Kim Crockett shared their positions during State Fair interviews Monday.


Jensen seeks to win Twin Cities voters with pitch on crime

Jensen's campaign said it will focus almost entirely on Twin Cities voters in the coming months.