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.


Minnesota stalemate on gun laws is contrast to broader national momentum

With debate stalled, carry permits and background checks are at record levels.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar faces down GOP barrage on voting rights act

She said the sweeping voting rights bill "simply tries to make it easier to vote."


Emmer emerges as Congress' leading proponent of cryptocurrency

The Minnesota Republican has emerged as a leader in the evolving idea of digital currency.


Minnesota businesses join mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Minnesota's biggest employers are offering workers incentives to fight the pandemic.


Billions in aid from COVID-19 relief bill headed to Minnesota

Minnesota's state and local governments, its ailing hospitality industry, struggling small businesses and the agricultural sector will get a financial boost from the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.


Guard troops sat for hours awaiting Pentagon approval to defend Capitol

A hearing co-chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar focused on the delay in deploying troops.


What Minnesota would get out of the COVID-19 relief bill

The House Oversight Committee released a spreadsheet Friday showing that the COVID relief package will provide Minnesota with $4.722 billion. Of that amount, $2.597 billion…


Rep. Phillips' subcommittee debates minimum wage hike

Panel seeking input from small businesses on what effects a wage hike would have.


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.