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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.

Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public

The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'

Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice

Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating

The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies

Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency

How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny

MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost

Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off

Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal

Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

$2 billion tax hike vote on May 5. … more

Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan

Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs

One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate

Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers

Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air

Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored. … more

Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care

Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less

'Big Oil' and Climate Change

Debunking an urban myth. … more

A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition

Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium

Two Wins for Freedom from Union Coercion in 2014

MSU Study: Ethanol Use is Good, as Long as the Environment isn’t Considered

Star Struck: Why States Chase the Film Industry with Subsidies

Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

Michigan's roads can wait. … more

Bill to Curb Local Government Meddling Dies in House

'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package

How Outraged Is the Right, Really?

They could learn from their liberal counterparts. … more

Bill Would Allow Government to Post Legal Notices Online Instead of Newspapers

Myth And Muddle Blocking Pension Reform

Voters have Diminished Clout in Lame Duck

How much, if any, will gas taxes increase? … more

Rough Road for Pension Reform in New Senate?

Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

Winning by Default

Breaking down the GOP's 2014 election success. … more

Michigan Chamber CEO Blasts Film Subsidies as a 'Boondoggle'

Wisconsin Wind Turbines Declared Health Hazard

Bills Would Limit Wind Turbine Lawsuits

Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

Caught With Their Swimming Trunks Down

Great Lakes levels prove climate alarmists wrong. … more

Senator Called Film Subsidies 'a Waste,' Now Votes to Continue Them

False Pretenses Should be Put to Rest

GOP candidates scrutinized. … more

Black Job Growth in Michigan Far Out-Pacing Other Groups Post Recession

School Choice and More at Risk in High-Stakes Board of Education Race

Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to 'Right to Farm' Act

'Hastert Rule' May Impact Michigan House GOP Leadership Race

Appointments: A Rarely Recognized Gubernatorial Power

Photo-Cop Camera Advocates Shift To Speeding

Failing to Counter the Big Lie

Gov. Snyder, GOP fail to defend K-12 spending. … more

Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Schools – Part II

Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Public Schools

Choosing the Next Michigan Speaker of the House

FOIA Reform Legislation Languishes in Senate

Manufacturing Rebound Puts Michigan Back in the Ballgame

Right-to-Work Will be Blamed

If Gov. Snyder loses re-election. … more

Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

Resident Harmed by Windmills Now on County Planning Commission Which Approved Windmills

House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions

Democrat Mark Schauer Receiving the Big Donations in Gubernatorial Race

Disdain for Politics Gov. Snyder's Undoing?

An analysis of the gubernatorial race. … more

MEA’s August Window Declared Illegal

Democrats See New Voter Turnout Techniques as Ace in the Hole

State Official Has Reputation for Doing it the Right Way

Political Predictions: A Glance at the Top of the Ballot in November

Coercive Driver Fees Phase-Out Close To Becoming Reality

Small Tent or Big Tent?

Why political parties are missing the larger picture. … more

Global Warming Alarmists Switch Complaints From Water Levels to Rainfall

Incumbents Outspent Challengers 5-to-1 In Competitive Primary Races

MEA-Endorsed Candidate: Education Spending Is Up

No Shortage of Issues To Attack On In Michigan's 15th District Senate Primary

Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th

Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling

Defining The Primary In Michigan's 89th: Two Candidates, Two Views

Mitchell Ad About Moolenaar: Truthful or Over the Top?

Exploring the Political Climate of Climate Change

"Average" and "normal" are not synonymous. … more

Incumbent’s Voting Record, Philosophy Challenged In Michigan's 107th

MEA Committee Urges Dems To Vote In GOP Primary

Incumbent’s Voting Record Targeted In Michigan's 86th District House Primary Race

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

Contrast Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout In 31st District Senate Race

Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem

Thinking Outside the School Box

Select Business Subsidies, Endorsements Are Differences In 37th District Senate GOP Primary

Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

Ohio Starts Holding Wind Industry Accountable

Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact

Legislature To Prohibit Courses That Teach Unionization Techniques

Republican Push For Higher Minimum Wage Likely Has Anti-Taxpayer Strings Attached

Union Loses $4.2 Million After Dues Skim Ends

Ohio One Step Closer To Ending In-State Renewable Energy Mandate

School Districts That Privatize Usually Pay Teachers More