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.


Minnesotans in Congress hope for $908 billion COVID relief deal

Klobuchar and Phillips working toward a bipartisan package.


Minnesota companies reach out to Biden transition team

As President-elect Joe Biden was making his first transition moves, Minnesota's Medical Alley trade group wrote him a letter."Today, I offer to you the talent,…


Medtronic CEO says hospitals able to handle elective surgeries even with COVID-19 surge

Its net income was down 64%, but sales have been rebounding this quarter.


C.H. Robinson warns U.S. companies could be missing chance at tariff refunds

C.H. Robinson warns of a year-end deadline to claim millions of dollars.


Mayo Clinic sued after former employee improperly accessed patient health records

Suit seeks class-action status for 1,600 patients, including 1,000 from Minnesota.


Minnesota U.S. Sen. Tina Smith staves off Jason Lewis, wins second term

Appointed nearly three years ago as Al Franken's successor in the U.S. Senate, Smith won her first full term from voters.


Medtronic to pay $9.2M fine on kickback charges regarding S.D. neurosurgeon

Company admits no liability in resolving allegations including Medicaid, Medicare violations.


Minnesota's biggest companies open their wallets to political candidates, and risk

Political giving is a two-edged sword as companies often lose control of where their cash goes.


Minnesota Sens. Klobuchar, Smith, join Democratic opposition on Supreme Court pick

Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith joined their Democratic colleagues Monday in casting votes against Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to…


Stanley Hubbard, one of Minnesota's biggest CEO donors, says moderation wins in end

When politicians get too close to the edges, they get voted out of office, Stanley Hubbard says.