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

Minneapolis marketing firm CEO was big donor to Obama fund

Minneapolis firm’s founder, once guilty of “theft by swindle,” gave $225,000 in January for Obama’s second inauguration.

Updated: April 22, 2013, - 11:00 PM

Franken faults reform bill's immigrant ID system

Senator says Internet check produces too many incorrect citizenship reports.

Updated: April 18, 2013, - 09:06 PM

Immigration bill would raise cap on high-tech workers

A Klobuchar provision allows foreigners for tech jobs Americans can’t fill.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 09:02 PM

Crystal Sugar labor dispute’s scars may linger

Crystal Sugar’s lockout is over, but the hiring of replacement workers may cause tension.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 09:31 PM

UnitedHealth venture offers report cards for medical devices

Insurers are looking for unbiased studies of popular medical devices’ performance.

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 09:41 PM

Suit against UnitedHealth tests mental health coverage rules

The insurer is accused of violating a law that requires equal treatment for mental health and other claims.

Updated: April 06, 2013, - 04:28 PM

U.S. Senate endorses sales taxes for online purchases

The Senate chose sides in a battle that pits big online-only sellers against bricks-and-mortar retailers and state revenue departments.

Updated: March 23, 2013, - 07:21 AM

U.S. Senate signals willingness to repeal medical device tax

The sense-of-the-Senate vote is part of a repeal effort backed by senators from Minnesota, which has a strong medical technology...

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 09:26 PM

Taxpayers face payouts on sugar supports

With prices dropping, federal officials may be forced to take millions of pounds of sugar under a government program.

Updated: March 13, 2013, - 09:52 PM

Defense firms face hit from budget cuts

Contractors such as BAE Systems expect big fallout from automatic cuts; diversification is helping others.

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 04:14 PM

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