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

Treasury decision could scuttle Medtronic-Covidien deal

In speech, Treasury Secretary Lew calls for strong action against pending deals like Medtronic’s.

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 10:48 AM

Time running out for doctors to dispute device and drug makers' disclosures to feds

Sept. 10 is the deadline for doctors to dispute info.

Updated: August 30, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems

The governor, saying Minnesota grain farmers are losing millions to delayed shipments, is pushing federal officials to make rail carriers more accountable.

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 11:22 PM

Pawlenty-led financial lobby opposes posting details of consumer complaints

A trade group led by Minnesota's former governor says the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's plans to post them would be...

Updated: August 25, 2014, - 08:49 AM

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

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