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Tue., Oct. 23, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

Think, Drink, talk politics (not necessarily in that order)

Do you think today's political campaigns are more negative than "the good old days"?

Do you recall a really nasty commercial or mailer from a previous election?

Come down to the No-Li Brewery this evening and join the discussion for "Dirty Business: A History of Negative Campaigns" which is being sponsored by Humanities Washington.

Full disclosure: This is a shameless plug, because both main contributors to Spin Control are on the panel. Jim Camden, who has covered politics for some 30 years in Washington state, is a panelist, along with Travis Ridout, a professor of politics, philosophy and public affairs at WSU; Jonathan Brunt, who covers city government, is the moderator.

We'll have some of our favorite examples of negative campaigning, including the classic you may have heard about but never seen, the 1964 LBJ "Daisy" commercial.

It is only partly true we agreed to participate because of the name of this series of discussions, Think and Drink, and were assured that all the thinking doesn't have to happen before any of the drinking.

Think and Drink on negative campaigning starts at 7 p.m. at the No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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