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Jack Spencer

Capitol Affairs Specialist

Jack Spencer is Capitol affairs specialist for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Spencer is a veteran Lansing-based journalist who worked 13 years at the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Land Bank Bills Would Address Citizen, Business Complaints

Effort In Lansing To Override Voters' Rebuke of Higher-Cost Energy Mandate

Obamacare Opponents Need to Show a Way Out

The Debate Over School Rankings

Court Orders City To Comply With FOIA

Michigan's Voter Approved Ban On Racial Preferences Goes Before U.S. Supreme Court

Lawmakers Replace Language in Bill That Would Have Defined a Journalist

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Look At Forced Unionization

Capitol Protesters Fined $500 Each For Trying To Storm Senate Chamber

Alternative News Media

Social Media, Newspapers and Radio Serve As Platform for Common Core Debate

Examining The Issues Surrounding Common Core

Obamacare Costs Still A Mystery Days Before Key Provision Takes Effect

Bills Targeting Dubious Licensing Laws Held Up In The Legislature

Internet Sales Tax One Step Closer to Reality in Michigan

MiChild Reimbursement Rate Being Cut

House Committee Votes To Define 'Journalists' and Delay Access to Certain Public Records

Court Ruling Supports State Law That Prohibits Discrimination of Non-Union Contractors

New Challenge to Land Bank Purchasing Practice

GOP Controlled Legislature Passes Medicaid Expansion; Headed to Governor for Signature

Michigan Medicaid Expansion: A Win For President Obama?

Eight Senate Republicans Join Democrats In Passing Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

'Voting Yes on Medicaid Expansion is Voting for Obamacare'

MichiganVotes: Bill Would Nix Annual Political Contribution Recertification

Land Banks Buying Properties Private Buyers Would Want

August Is ‘Get Out of the Union Month’ For Teachers

Health Policy Expert: GOP Medicaid Reforms 'Out Of The Stone Age'

Medicaid Expansion Plan: New Exterior, Same Core

Senate Offers Multiple Medicaid Expansion Plans

Kent County Land Bank Circumvents Market To Fund Operations

MEDC: The Same Old Run Around On Jobs Numbers

MichiganVotes: New Bill Starts Discussion Of Medicaid Expansion Alternatives

Civil Rights or Double Standard?

If Medicaid Expansion Passes, GOP 'Yes' Votes Likely Stuck Voting to Pay For It Too

'ER Visits Won't Increase' Claim By Medicaid Expansion Advocates Remains Dubious

Civil Rights Department Defying Governor On Racial Preferences, American Indian Mascots

Medicaid Expansion...What's the Rush?

Final Seven House Republicans Who Backed Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

Renewable Energy Mandate Takes A Hit In Michigan

Eight More House Republicans Who Backed Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

More House GOP Reps Who Voted For Key Obamacare Provision

Pete Hoekstra: 'Michigan Could Impact Obamacare in Washington'

House GOP Leaders Vote With Dems To Pass Medicaid Expansion

Michigan a Top 10 State In Per Capita Spending on K-12 Education

Film Incentives: The $50 Million Sequel

Complete Streets Program: Good Law or Bureaucratic Overreach?

Medicaid Expansion, Road Funding Key Issues For Michigan Budget

Count Update: 145 School Districts Have Deals That Dodge Right-to-Work

Mystery Contribution Kept ‘Dues Skim’ Alive

Lawmakers Looking At MEDC Transparency