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Is the 'birther' issue laid to rest? 

It was with some regret that I heard Wednesday morning that President Obama has released his birth certificate. There is no issue that is better for generating comments for this website than whether Obama was born in the USA, and I am sad to see…

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Special Session Day 2: Floor votes later today

OLYMPIA -- The Senate had a quick startup this morning then went into caucus, where the honorables are expected to spend some time before returning for floor votes "later in the day", folks from the Senate Democratic offices said. No committee hearings until tomorrow, when…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011

Sometimes legislators say the darnedest things 

Legislators talk a lot. Sometimes, they come up with things that make one wonder if there should be a new television reality series, “$#@! Our Lawmakers Say.” They make interesting analogies, like Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, did last week while waxing effusive over the Senate’s…

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WA Lege Day 100: Hitting the century mark

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers are in a concurring mood this morning, moving relatively quickly through bills they have both passed previously, albeit in slightly different forms. Heavier lifting may await the afternoon. The House may debate its Capital Budget sometime after lunch, while the Senate…

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011


Supporters of a bill, including a biker behind the governor who is wearing the patches of the Bandidos motorcycle club and a 1-percenter patch on his vest, smile for the camera after Chris Gregoire signs a bill banning motorcycle profiling (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

What would the Wild One say?

A biker wearing a Bandidos patch and a 1 percenter patch poses for a picture behind Gov. Chris Gregoire at last week's signing of the motorcycle profiling law. My image of the outlaw biker, that iconic badboy of the latter half of the last century,…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

WA Lege Day 96: A morning of concurrence

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers decide whether they'll agree with changes the other made to bills that have bounced back and forth this session. Known as concurrence, it's usually a smooth process for passing legislation that's been honed to an acceptable edge. Senate Ways and Means…

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Sen. Jeff Baxter on the Senate floor the day he was sworn in. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Baxter to run for Senate seat 

OLYMPIA -- RepublicanJeff Baxter will run in this year's special election in an effort to keep the state Senate seat he now holds by appointment. Baxter announced today that he will seek election to the Spokane Valley's 4th Legislative District seat. He was appointed to…

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WSU, UI students to protest lax immigration

Conservative student groups from Washington State University and University of Idaho say they plan to put up a chain-link fence on Terrell Mall today to protest illegal immigration. The groups include College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty and Youth for Western Civilization. (The last sounds…

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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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