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

Health insurers must pay up or pay back

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on patient care.

Updated: August 16, 2014, - 06:44 PM

Supervalu attack shows security challenge

Supervalu breach shows consumers’ vulnerability, experts say, as hackers develop new, more effective methods.

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 10:51 PM

Medtronic founder Bakken praises Covidien purchase

Medtronic icon didn’t mention tax controversy surrounding the $43B deal when notifying company employees of the sale.

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 09:40 AM

Medtronic hires ex-senators to lobby bills that could kill Covidien deal

WASHINGTON – Medtronic Inc. has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby their ex-colleagues against legislation that could undermine the...

Updated: August 13, 2014, - 06:53 AM

Feds open conservation land to grazing, cutting

After a torrential spring, officials opened conservation land to livestock grazing and hay cutting.

Updated: August 11, 2014, - 09:27 PM

Target signs legal brief backing gay marriage

Support is a first for the retailer, which faced boycotts in 2010 Minnesota governor’s race for links to anti-gay marriage Republican candidate.

Updated: August 06, 2014, - 05:23 AM

White House praises state's adult job training as national model

Since its inception, FastTRAC officials say, the program has served 3,000 Minnesotans

Updated: August 02, 2014, - 08:04 PM

Mayo Clinic sees bright future for personalized medicine

A clinic official says the institution aims to use “specific genetic findings in a patient.”

Updated: July 25, 2014, - 12:08 PM

Export bank battle worries Minnesota businesses

Republican rift threatens funding for the federal bank, which helps companies sell to foreign buyers.

Updated: July 20, 2014, - 09:19 AM

White House poses new hurdle for Medtronic-Covidien deal

Treasury secretary wants law barring companies from shifting headquarters abroad, retroactive to May.

Updated: July 17, 2014, - 09:46 AM

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