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

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

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

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