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

National sweetener battle grows increasingly bitter

Minnesota ag titans Cargill and American Crystal Sugar face off in a legal fight that even doctors say isn’t about...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 05:55 PM

Suit seeks to stop Medtronic purchase of Covidien

Filer says Covidien shareholders will lose on undervalued stocks as its board members benefit.

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 06:08 AM

Hobby Lobby case empowers millions of businesses to sue, experts say

Minnesota law professors said the justices’ ruling lacks critical details about who gets to sue and what constitutes protected religious beliefs. Those details will have to be worked out case by case in lower courts.

Updated: July 06, 2014, - 11:54 AM

Ginsburg cites Minnesota case in dissent

In 1985 Minnesota case, a health club could not discriminate against employees based on religious beliefs.

Updated: June 30, 2014, - 12:02 PM

Meat producers seek to peel back on labeling

WASHINGTON - Livestock producers and big-food companies fighting in federal court over new meat labels are turning to Congress for...

Updated: June 29, 2014, - 01:34 PM

Supreme Court won't block Medtronic liability case

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of liability case over Arizona man’s paralysis.

Updated: June 27, 2014, - 05:50 AM

Medtronic could avoid $3.5B to $4.2B in taxes with merger

The Medtronic plan to acquire Dublin-based Covidien for $42.9 billion has reignited a debate among corporations, consumers and politicians about how to improve the corporate tax system and remove incentives to shift business overseas.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 05:17 AM

Medtronic discloses 2 data breaches, says no patient data accessed

Company says hackers accessed its computer systems on two occasions, but that no data was stolen – though some...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 07:18 AM

Medtronic's deal, plan to move base to Ireland rekindle tax debate

The $42.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Covidien would give Medtronic more flexibility to use money it earns abroad without incurring U.S. taxes.

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 05:34 AM

U.S. Senators seek tips from Minnesota on digital health data

Medtronic, St. Jude and the Mayo Clinic were consulted, as was Gov. Mark Dayton.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 08:48 PM

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