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Jim Camden

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Camden: What's right when it comes to constitutional rights?

By Jim Camden September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

OLYMPIA — Standing in line at Safeway one evening last week, I was reminded that almost everyone considers themselves an expert in constitutional law.

Camden: Gun initiative campaigns loaded with dollars, rhetoric

By Jim Camden September 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Mo. But here in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of "cops love my initiative better."

Camden: State pot advertising rules next step in brave new world

By Jim Camden September 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Every time I forget how far Washington's venture into the world of legalized recreational marijuana takes us from the days when illegal pot was the stuff of counterculture song and legend, the state manages to remind me.

Camden: Gun-control measure gets backing from Seattle area

By Jim Camden August 27, 2014 6 a.m.

The vast majority of money supporting the initiative to expand background checks on guns comes from just 10 ZIP codes in the Seattle area, much of it from people with ties to the tech industry.

Camden: Sighs of relief for pension ruling, progress in grain talks

By Jim Camden August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

If anyone heard some unusual sounds during the past week, chances are they were picking up collective sighs of relief, with some collective grumbling mixed in, for various events.

Camden: Primary numbers don't always add up in general election

By Jim Camden August 13, 2014 6 a.m.

The week after the primary seems like a good time for a lesson in primary numbers, which is offered by the poli sci department, not the math department.

Camden: Dems try to cash in on impeachment, lawsuit fears

By Jim Camden August 6, 2014 6 a.m.

If some congressional Republicans hadn't come up with the twin ideas of impeaching and suing President Barack Obama, Democrats might have invented it as a way to wring money out of suckers on their email lists.

Camden: Making voting easier small part of improving turnout

By Jim Camden July 30, 2014 6 a.m.

With Washington's primary a mere one week away, the big question — after who'll survive and go to the general election, of course — is how many voters will bother to cast ballots.

Camden: Candidates wage war of words over income-tax claim

By Jim Camden July 9, 2014 6 a.m.

In these dog days of summer, things that would not get a second look the rest of the year are tested for news viability under much lower July vacation standards in an effort to fill the paper.

Camden: Some squabbles continue long after campaigns end

By Jim Camden April 30, 2014 6 a.m.

For a political reporter, state initiatives have become gifts that just keep on giving.

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