Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

Minnesota native keeps tabs on money in politics

Minnesota native Sheila Krumholz’s organization aims to make it easy to track the influence of money on government.

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 04:34 PM

Farmers' high hopes for farm bill give way to low expectations

Minnesota farmers visited Capitol Hill to lobby but left feeling pessimistic about the prospects in a divided Congress.

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 10:05 PM

New Jersey judge says Vikings owners must disclose wealth

Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson has ruled that Zygi and Mark Wilf must disclose information about their personal wealth, but she won't unseal the documents until the Wilfs have a chance to appeal.

Updated: September 09, 2013, - 08:15 PM

Rulemaking delays, dilutes Wall Street reforms

Fear of lawsuits, lobbyists’ questions add years to implementation. Many deadlines have been blown.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 09:07 PM

Federal Reserve fights ruling on debit card fees

Fed general counsel Scott Alvarez told U.S. District Judge Richard Leon that the board would not put in place an interim rule to lower fees and stop what Leon believes are illegal charges by banks and credit card companies while the appeal is ongoing.

Updated: August 21, 2013, - 09:06 PM

July 17: Lower health care costs elude hospitals

“Pioneer’’ health systems in a federal pilot program made progress in improving medical care, but most were unable to cut costs.

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 04:50 PM

Judge scolds Fed for its inaction on credit card swipe fees

Federal judge ruled two weeks ago that transaction charges had abused Congress’ intentions.

Updated: August 14, 2013, - 09:27 PM

Judge says federal law blocks Medtronic Infuse suits

A Minneapolis judge’s decision does allow those who sued to re-file their cases with more specific allegations of fraud that involves promotion of non-approved uses of Infuse by Medtronic.

Updated: August 07, 2013, - 09:08 PM

Budget cuts hijack medical device and patent fees

Companies now must battle for relief via legislation in Congress — or perhaps even lawsuits.

Updated: August 04, 2013, - 09:04 PM

Debit card swipe fees inflated, judge rules

Retailers, convenience stores, food sellers and gas stations had sued over the Federal Reserve rule on credit and debit card...

Updated: July 31, 2013, - 09:16 PM

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