Washington Correspondent

Washington correspondent Jim Spencer examines the impact of federal politics and policy on Minnesota businesses, especially the medical technology, food distribution, farming, manufacturing, retail and health insurance industries.  

Previously, he worked as an enterprise reporter in Minneapolis, writing on topics including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, lake pollution caused by residential development, unintentional shootings of children, suicide among senior citizens, and budget cuts to homebound care for the disabled.


Rep. Phillips' subcommittee debates minimum wage hike

Boosting the minimum to $15/hour is part of COVID relief bill.


Intelligence lapses and military tactics drove Capitol attack

Senate hearing co-chaired by Amy Klobuchar exposed missed intelligence.


Coronavirus pandemic continues to drag Medtronic earnings

Third quarter earnings are down 10% over last year.


Klobuchar to lead hearing asking 'what went wrong' in Capitol attack

It's time to "figure out what went wrong" with security on Jan. 6.


Sens. Klobuchar, Smith say impeachment votes will go down in history, determine legacies

Acquittal won't be the last word on Trump and his supporters, they say.


Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith sit in judgment at Senate trial

As both jurors and witnesses to Jan. 6 riot, the state's senators say Trump deserves conviction.


At critical moment, Minnesotans play key roles under Biden

WASHINGTON – Minnesotans are poised to influence the policies and messages of President Joe Biden's administration as it confronts domestic political turbulence and uncertainty abroad,…


Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in new role, pushes overhaul of nation's antitrust laws

The new antitrust subcommittee chair says current standards favor big business.


Vaccinations must be Job 1 for Biden administration, Minnesota business leaders say

D.C. officials urged to work together to mitigate virus.


Rep. Stauber, some GOP colleagues call on Biden to dump Interior nomination

Minnesota congressman says New Mexico's Haaland should withdraw over mining stance.