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Camden: Washington election performance earns high marks

By Jim Camden April 16, 2014 6 a.m.

When a good-government group last week rated the states’ election procedures, Washington received respectable but not stellar marks, while neighboring Idaho was close to the bottom.

Camden: Checking the political climate for Washington in 2014

By Jim Camden January 8, 2014 6 a.m.

As it has in some past years, Spin Control looks into the crystal ball to predict the year ahead.

Camden: Time for reindeer games? Test your Christmas knowledge

By Jim Camden December 25, 2013 6 a.m.

It's time once again for the 12 Trivias of Christmas, our annual quiz that keeps politics from intruding on the holiday season. So here we go with the quiz. Put your hand over the answers at the bottom. If you peek, you probably have been peeking under the wrappings of your presents, too. Shame.

Camden: Republicans pack 'planning kit' for August recess

By Jim Camden July 31, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Republican members of the U.S. House seem to be leaving little to chance as their members prepare to spend the August recess among their voters. A "planning kit" explains how to maximize exposure and minimize contrary opinions on issues like health care reform. In the kit's introductory letter to her fellow Republicans, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says they should tell the folks back home the GOP is fighting for them against Washington and the bureaucracy. "There is no better message than one that puts the American people before an out-of-control government," she wrote.

Camden: Obama opponents can learn a lot from Apple Cup

By Jim Camden June 2, 2013 6:02 a.m.

After viewing last year's Apple Cup as a Cougar fan in the midst of a room full of Huskies, it strikes me that would-be secessionists could learn a lot from the annual intrastate rivalry. That's saying quite a bit about the position on the outer ring of craziness of those petitioning the White House to leave the Union, considering the passion that accompanies the game.

Camden: GOP rhetoric fails to keep tax loophole from closing

By Jim Camden May 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

There is an axiom in legislating, that when you have the votes to pass something, you shut up and cast them. When you don't have the votes, you talk. A corollary to that in this year's legislative session seems to be that when you don't have the votes, you offer up comments as quotable as possible. When you have the votes, you don't need to be pithy or clever; you speak as little as possible and cast them.

Camden: LaHood fails to bridge gap between CRC backers, foes

By Jim Camden April 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

OLYMPIA — When a federal Cabinet secretary stopped by the Capitol earlier this month, trying to prod the Legislature into action on a big multistate project, he got a warm welcome from Gov. Jay Inslee. Not so much from Senate Republicans. So what would one expect for a member of a Democratic president's administration, you might be thinking. Considering it was Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman, some folks were expecting something a bit more politic.

Camden: Gubernatorial debate puts Vancouver in spotlight

By Jim Camden August 5, 2012 6 a.m.

A sign that Washington's campaign season remains in the doldrums despite the fact that ballots are in voters' hands arrived on July 27 with the announcement that two gubernatorial debates had been scheduled. One will be in Vancouver on Aug. 29 and another in Yakima on Oct. 2. This is great news, not solely because putting Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna on the same stage is instructive for voters and good theater for political junkies. These are also two places that often have little chance to get up close and personal with gubernatorial candidates, let alone host a debate.

Camden: 8 simple rules for candidates for public office

By Jim Camden May 20, 2012 6 a.m.

Last week marked the official start of campaign season. Would-be officeholders filed the paperwork and plunked down the fees for the political position of their choice, or perhaps their dreams.

Camden: McKenna taught lesson he should have already learned

By Jim Camden May 2, 2012 6 a.m.

Candidates should act as though cameras are everywhere, because most likely they are. That’s the lesson of a 30-second exchange between Rob McKenna, the state attorney general who is running for governor, and a young woman on a Seattle sidewalk that went from pointed conversation to YouTube video overnight and resuscitated an issue Republicans were probably glad to have killed during the legislative session.

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