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

Tricare extends changes to UnitedHealthcare military plan

Tricare officials cited continuing delays in approving patients’ referrals to specialists.

Updated: May 20, 2013, - 08:25 PM

Feds call for better child-care safety rules

Changes, prompted by accounts of day-care deaths, target 500,000 providers who get federal aid.

Updated: May 17, 2013, - 08:34 AM

Franken's plan for ratings reform finds no SEC consensus

No action seems imminent on senator’s request for new SEC-appointed commission.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 05:41 AM

Pentagon pushes UnitedHealth on Tricare delays

The insurer attributed delays in paperwork for new military clients to high patient volume.

Updated: May 07, 2013, - 09:21 PM

Online sales tax sails through U.S. Senate on 69-27 vote

The 69-27 Senate vote marks a major victory for traditional retailers such as Minnesota-based Target and Best Buy, both of which have spent millions of dollars over the the past decade trying to remove what they consider an unfair advantage for online sellers.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 09:05 PM

Farmers got too much aid in drought, report says

Taxpayers paid billions more than needed to bail farmers out last year, an advocacy group said.

Updated: May 01, 2013, - 09:12 PM

Obituary: Bob Kennedy, co-founder of Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest

Bob Kennedy dreamed up the Hackensack Children’s Fishing Contest over beers at the American Legion Hall. He turned that dream...

Updated: April 30, 2013, - 07:50 PM

Debate circles online sales tax

The Senate moved closer to passage, but the outlook is less clear in the House. Retail giants such as Minnesota-based Target and Best Buy have spent millions of dollars over the past decade lobbying for the tax.

Updated: April 26, 2013, - 10:54 PM

Online sales tax measure moves toward U.S. Senate vote

WASHINGTON – The Senate closed debate late Thursday afternoon on landmark legislation to allow states to force out-of-state online businesses...

Updated: April 25, 2013, - 05:26 PM

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

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