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Jim Camden

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Camden: Slim majorities require focus on party allegiance

By Jim Camden November 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The most ephemeral thing in politics might be big majorities. This should be particularly obvious to Democrats as they look to next year's Legislature.

Camden: Lessons learned from Washington's midterm election

By Jim Camden November 12, 2014 6 a.m.

A paragraph in the political correspondents' code requires us to tell voters "what it all means" shortly after an election.

Camden: Spokane Valley not anywhere close to being centrist

By Jim Camden November 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Picking up a slightly dated copy of USA Today last week made me wonder if I'd been away from Eastern Washington so long that a seismic shift in the body politic had occurred in my absence. Spokane Valley, it said, was the No. 1 city for "centrists."

Camden: State's 'politically engaged' voters might break it off

By Jim Camden October 29, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Barely a week goes by without some study by some expert or organization announcing how well or poorly it thinks Washington does in some area of politics.

Camden: Challenge McMorris Rodgers on issues that actually exist

By Jim Camden October 22, 2014 6 a.m.

At least once a week, and more frequently during election season, the newspaper gets a call, letter, email or online comment alleging a scandal about Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Camden: Native Americans deserve a holiday all on its own

By Jim Camden October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Monday was cause for minor celebration in Spokane as one of the few weekdays of the year in which "free parking" is not just a square on the Monopoly board.

Camden: Public probably wouldn't mind taxing politicians

By Jim Camden September 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Washington's projected take on legal marijuana is a shade over $200 million, state economists guesstimated last week.

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.

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