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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011



WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011


TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011


MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011


Huge news: The Donald is out for 2012 

To the dismay of late-night comedians in general and Saturday Night Live sketch writers in particular, Donald Trump will not run for president in 2012. The Donald announced today that he's not running -- even though he insisted he could win -- and will host…

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WA Guard notified they may be called up

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Army National Guard's 81st Combat Brigade got a "Notice of Sourcing" recently that indicates some 3,000 soldiers may be called up for another overseas tour of duty. But there's no indication where or when this could happen. A Notice of Sourcing…

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

Sunday Spin: Are we in Oz, or what?

OLYMPIA – May might be the cruelest month in the state capital. The rain gives way only sporadically to sun breaks, momentarily lifting the gray gloom that shrouds the dome most days and giving everyone a glimpse of snow-covered Olympics jutting up beyond a sparkling…

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Protesters dressed as Zombies do a dance to protest budget cuts on the Capitol steps, May 13, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 18: 'Zombies' protest budget

OLYMPIA -- Budget protesters dressed as zombies marched on the Capitol Friday in a demonstration against cuts to social services. Well, shuffled is probably more accurate. Zombies don't actually move very fast, and these zombies moved so slow that by the time they got to…

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History not on Kucinich's side

The chances of Dennis Kucinich winning a congressional seat in Washington if he's redistricted out of his seat in Ohio may be pretty slim politically. They are not-existent, historially, according to this post from SmartPolitics. No congressman has ever served back-to-back terms from different states,…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Spec Sess Day 16: Health care laws signed

OLYMPIA – Washington will stay in the forefront of federal health care reform, and could save as much as $26 billion over the next decade, with a half dozen bills signed into law Wednesday. Even though the federal health care reforms are being challenged in…

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Witt retires, says fight 'worth it'

Maj. Margaret Witt, a Spokane nurse who won a major legal battle against the Pentagon in the campaign against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will not return to uniform and her unit. Instead, she’ll retire with full benefits and with an unlawful discharge wiped from her…

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Unmarked cop car bill introduced 

OLYMPIA -- Police could not park their unmarked cars on private property and do routine administrative work under a bill introduced by two Valley legislators. The bill, a reaction to the shooting of Pastor Wayne Scott Creach in the Spokane Valley, isn't likely to get…

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

AG on medical marijuana: Feds have spoken 

OLYMPIA -- Federal prosecutors may mean what they say about charging state employees who oversee medical marijuana operations, a state lawyer told legislators looking for direction on finding a law that can navigate the controversy. Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Even told legislators he can't predict…

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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