The meteoric growth and statewide influence of
Michigan Capitol Confidential were further enhanced this summer when veteran
Lansing reporter and analyst Jack Spencer joined the staff. Spencer, who was
the House of Representatives correspondent and senior analyst for the Michigan
Information & Research Service for 13 years, became the Capitol affairs
specialist for CapCon, the Mackinac Center’s daily online news service. He has
more than two decades of experience covering state and local government in
Spencer’s work supplements reporting by
Tom Gantert, another long-time Michigan journalist, who focuses on local
government and federal issues related to Michigan. CapCon Managing Editor Ken
Braun was delighted with the addition of Spencer, whom he described as “a
knowledgeable, fair and dogged reporter.”
Since June, Spencer has
contributed more than two dozen in-depth stories to CapCon, including illegal
political action by public school districts, the forces and funding behind
efforts to recall elected officials and restaurant and bar owners banning
legislators who supported a statewide smoking ban. His work triggered articles
and citations in legacy media outlets throughout the state.
National websites like POLITICO, RedState and Commentary
Magazine picked up Spencer’s story revealing a school district’s use of a phone
alert system to encourage parents’ participation in the recall of Gov. Snyder.
In August, Fox Nation posted Spencer’s article on a misleading and inflationary
“green jobs” report published by the Brookings Institute. Other national media
outlets linking to his stories included Instapundit, Dave Barry, Glenn Beck’s
website and HotAir.
“While citizens go about their daily lives, they need an
extra set of eyes and ears to watch over their government,” Spencer said
regarding his work for CapCon. This is especially true, he noted, as journalism
continues to evolve.
Center President Joseph G. Lehman agreed: “We have watched
capital bureaus and news coverage from Lansing dwindle,” Lehman said. “CapCon
is filling that void — especially for Michigan residents looking for
alternatives to big-government solutions.”
Spencer, he said, “will help CapCon provide the reporting
that Michiganders need to understand what’s taking place in Lansing and to hold
their elected officials accountable.”
When decisions are made behind closed doors or policies are
advanced that affect Michiganders’ liberties, CapCon readers can rely on
Spencer, Gantert, Braun and other Mackinac Center analysts and reporters to
provide coverage that can’t be gotten anywhere else.