Jack Spencer was Capitol Affairs Specialist for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, from 2011 to 2016. Spencer is a veteran Lansing-based journalist who worked 13 years at the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

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

Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

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

'Big Oil' and Climate Change

Debunking an urban myth. … more

Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

Michigan's roads can wait. … more

How Outraged Is the Right, Really?

They could learn from their liberal counterparts. … more

Voters have Diminished Clout in Lame Duck

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

Winning by Default

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

Caught With Their Swimming Trunks Down

Great Lakes levels prove climate alarmists wrong. … more

False Pretenses Should be Put to Rest

GOP candidates scrutinized. … more

Failing to Counter the Big Lie

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

Right-to-Work Will be Blamed

If Gov. Snyder loses re-election. … more

Disdain for Politics Gov. Snyder's Undoing?

An analysis of the gubernatorial race. … more

Small Tent or Big Tent?

Why political parties are missing the larger picture. … more

Exploring the Political Climate of Climate Change

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

Have a Happy Turkey Day

And be thankful. … more

Obamacare: One Blind Bet After Another

Both sides sure to claim victory, despite lack of data. … more

Governmental Culture, A Tough Nut To Crack

Governmental culture maintains status quo … more

Do We Celebrate Freedom and Liberty?

Or just July 4th? … more

Medicaid Expansion: A Battle Over Two Views

Opportunity to reform Washington, D.C. … more

Focusing on the Big Picture

How Republicans and Democrats view Medicaid expansion. … more

Package Deal Politics

How road funding and Medicaid are connected. … more

Politics 101: The Art of the Half Truth

What they're saying in Lansing about Medicaid expansion. … more

Tough Road Ahead

Gov. Snyder and gas taxes. … more