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Jim Camden

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Camden: Session may be over, but playing politics never ends

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

Although the Legislature left town July 9, the true end of the session came July 15 when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the last three of the 363 bills lawmakers managed to pass in their record-setting, 176-day, triple-overtime stint.

Camden: Winners, losers of 2015 Washington legislative session

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

In the end, the Legislature went out not quite with a whimper, but certainly without much of a bang. Maybe after a record 176 days, nearly halfway into their third overtime session, most were too tired to fight about things and the rest just stayed home.

Camden: Legislature needs to take hard look at 'business as usual'

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

Shortly after dawn last Wednesday, as the state Senate descended into recriminations about who was reneging on their word and who was being mean to schoolkids, the chamber's chief budget writer made an impassioned plea to stick with the deal because that is the way budgets are done. Perhaps truer words never were spoken.

Camden: Some Washingtonian adults have a lot of toking to do

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

Washington adults may have to average about 35 joints each year by 2020 for the state to hit current projections on tax revenue from legal marijuana.

Camden: Without budget, Legislature breaks unenforceable law

By Jim Camden June 24, 2015 6 a.m.

The saying that there's never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law, and no one is available to make an arrest.

Camden: Pressing questions on legislative session answered

By Jim Camden June 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Sunday marked Day 150 of the legislative session. A deal on the 2015-17 operating budget had yet to emerge and the only thing anyone could say for sure is the 2015 session can't go for more than another 200 days. Because after that it will be 2016.

Camden: How to get the Legislature out of Dodge on time

By Jim Camden June 10, 2015 6 a.m.

It is a rare day when an irate news consumer doesn't write, call, text, email or otherwise communicate displeasure with the Legislature's inability to finish its work and get the heck out of Dodge.

Camden: Extra special session in the making? Only time will tell

By Jim Camden June 3, 2015 6 a.m.

The mostly idle Capitol press corps — made so by the mostly idle Legislature — is struggling with a proper label for the legislative period the state finds itself in.

Camden: Disagreement over 'box' extends lawmakers' work

By Jim Camden May 27, 2015 6 a.m.

There is much talk in the capital these days about needing to agree on "the box," which may be confusing to the general public.

Camden: Budget talks anything but special in overtime session

By Jim Camden May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them to finish their work by May 28, the 30th and final day of the session.

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