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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.

Have a Happy Turkey Day

And be thankful. … more

At Times Legislation Just Disappears

Bill Would Allow Automatic Pay Increases For Public Safety Employees

Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency

Federal Judge: Michigan Renewable Energy Mandate Unconstitutional

Teachers To Lawmakers: 'MEA Wouldn't Tell Us How To Leave Union'

House Panel Likely to Approve FOIA Reforms

Bill Would Let Land Banks Buy Property Before The Public

Bipartisan Senate Panel To Investigate Possible MEA Right-to-Work Violations

Teachers Union Pushes Districts To Boycott Some University Students Over Politics

Michigan Wind Energy Report Generating Some Sparks

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

Obamacare: One Blind Bet After Another

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

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

Governmental Culture, A Tough Nut To Crack

Governmental culture maintains status quo … more

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

Do We Celebrate Freedom and Liberty?

Or just July 4th? … more