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Jim Camden

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Camden: Republican lawmakers cry foul over teacher 'strikes'

By Jim Camden May 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Senate Republican leaders were mightily incensed last week when some teachers in some West Side districts decided to go out on "strike" to call for more state funding for public schools, which would include better pay and smaller class sizes.

Camden: Lawmakers left themselves much to do upon return

By Jim Camden April 29, 2015 6 a.m.

There will be some well-deserved grousing for the next couple of days about the Legislature and the things it didn't do.

Camden: No clear road map for where auditor story is headed

By Jim Camden April 22, 2015 6 a.m.

The chorus for Troy Kelley to resign as state auditor after he was indicted on federal charges Thursday grew louder as last week drew to a close, but any effort to force him out faces significant problems.

Camden: Capitol confrontation over flag was just so much wind

By Jim Camden April 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Hey, did you hear about how some true patriots tore down the Chinese flag that was flying over the Washington Capitol last weekend because the pinko governor was coddling commies?

Camden: Senate games over budget votes cross into foolishness

By Jim Camden April 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Of all the axioms for staying the course, my favorite is from W.C. Fields, often quoted by my late father: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no sense being a damn fool about it."

Camden: Historical perspective injects some life into debates

By Jim Camden April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Slogging through stories of budgets and taxes, the average reader might think Olympia is a dreary, humorless place. Some days it is about as gray as the fog that rolls up from the South Puget Sound.

Camden: Is automatic voter registration really such a good idea?

By Jim Camden March 25, 2015 6 a.m.

The state of Oregon has some good-government types agog and aglow over its new law on voter registration.

Camden: Medical school prescription is rooted in our history

By Jim Camden March 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Spend enough time listening to the debate over proposals to let Washington State University open its own medical school in Spokane, and you will hear about the big, bad university on the other side of the state having a nearly 100-year-old monopoly on doctor training.

Camden: Lawmaker's insensitive remarks spur dubious response

By Jim Camden March 11, 2015 6 a.m.

In the Legislature, if there is a corollary to the rule "one good turn deserves another," it is "one stupid thing begets another."

Camden: Washingtonians' excuses for not voting run the gamut

By Jim Camden March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

If you didn't vote in last fall's election — and let's face it, most people didn't — why not? And what would the state have to do to make you more likely to vote in the future?

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