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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

WA GOP straw poll: And the winner is...

During a major fund-raising dinner Friday, state Republicans held a "straw poll" on the field of GOP candidates for president in 2012. The winner, by a whisker, was Herman Cain. For those of you out there saying "Herman who?", Cain is the former CEO of…

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OLYMPIA -- The Kwansan cherry trees along Cherry Lane, on the east side of the state Capitol, are in full bloom. May 9, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Special Session Day 14: Cherry blossom time

OLYMPIA -- The cherry blossoms are out on the trees near the Capitol Building along the appropriately named Cherry Lane. These are the Kwansan cherry trees, which bloom a few weeks later than the Yoshino cherry trees, Steve Valandra of the Department of General Administration…

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

The honor guard arrives for the Peace Officers Memorial ceremony in Olympia on May 6, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Slain officers honored

The honor guard arrives Friday for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers Memorial ceremony. OLYMPIA – After the bugler played “Taps”, the bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” and the honor guard was dismissed Friday, Marjorie Petersen and Manuel de Encio went to the state Law…

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Gregoire, McKenna to honor law enforcement

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature may be gone, but the Capitol campus won't be empty today. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna will be presenting the state's Medal of Honor to two law enforcement officers at a ceremony today. The 1 p.m. ceremony, at…

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Special Session Day 11: Nothing doing

OLYMPIA -- Don't look for anything out of the Legislature today. Both chambers are gone through the weekend. No committee hearings until Monday, either. Perhaps they are resting up for the grueling pace yet to come. It's unlikely they'd need to rest from the pace…

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OLYMPIA -- Flanked on all sides by flags, Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, listens to speeches on a resolution on May 4, 2011 honoring the military and Barack Obama for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. The flags were placed on every senator's desk for the morning session. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Special Session Day 9: Senate lauds troops, Obama

OLYMPIA -- With American flags sprouting from every desk, senators seemed to swell with patriotic pride and honored members of the armed forces and their commander-in-chief after Sunday's mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Senate Resolution 8661honors President Obama for "strong, thoughtful leadership"; the military…

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011


In passing: Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson, long-time Valley sports coach and sometime Valley political activist, passed away last week at age 83. With wife Sally, Ron was a mainstay of Democratic politics in the Spokane Valley, something that wasn’t rare when they got started many decades ago but required…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire explains her partial veto of the medical marijuana bill. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Medical marijuana bill mostly vetoed

OLYMPIA — State workers will not be licensing medical marijuana growers or dispensaries, and patients will not be able to sign onto a registry that could save them from arrest. Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed most of a bill this afternoon that would have established a…

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Special Session Day 4: We got nothing

OLYMPIA -- There is nothing to preview for today's activity in the special session. That's because there's nothing happening. Nothing, as in zero, nil, null, nada, zilch, zip, zippo, goose egg, bupkis...we could go on, but you probably get the point. The Senate recessed Thursday…

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Law prof: Feds bullying state on medical marijuana

OLYMPIA -- Federal agents are unlikely to arrest state workers for regulating medical marijuana, despite warnings from two federal prosecutors, a constitutional law expert told Gov. Chris Gregoire Thursday. Hugh Spitzer, a University of Washington law professor and one of the state's top constitutional scholars,…

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Gregoire may veto medical marijuana bill 

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire threatened Wednesday to veto most, and possibly all, of a bill that would set up state oversight of medical marijuana operations. The bill received final approval from the Senate last week, but federal prosecutors in Spokane and Seattle had earlier…

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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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