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

Most Recent Stories

April 11, 2021, 3:30 a.m.
State may auction off press houses, but will demolish them if there are no takers.

News >  Legal
April 4, 2021, 4 a.m.
The way some local elected officials do or don’t follow pandemic guidelines has kept the Washington Supreme Court busy in recent months deciding what would warrant giving voters a chance to bounce them out of office for not following COVID protocols.

News >  Military
March 28, 2021, noon
When members of the Washington National Guard were called up to help the state deal with COVID-19, they thought they were looking at a short-term assignment.

March 28, 2021, 4 a.m.
Sometimes in politics, it seems as though we are through the looking glass like Alice, where Humpty Dumpty contends that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” That’s how I feel when I hear the term “bipartisan legislation”, which seems to mean exactly what the politician speaking wants it to mean.

March 21, 2021, 3 a.m.
When editors asked me to write about the 50th anniversary of the passage of 18-year-olds being able to vote, it was partly because as a Baby Boomer I was the only person available who remembered it happening.

March 21, 2021, 2:30 a.m.
Five constitutional amendments describe who can vote, although the 14th Amendment – which says voters must be 21 and male and was actually stating the standard practice for the first 80 years of the country – has been changed by the other four.

March 19, 2021, 4:24 p.m.
Spokane area school districts are waiting for a signal from state officials to determine how they will implement less stringent restrictions for separating students in their classrooms.

March 14, 2021, 4 a.m.
Local Republicans’ 12-year lock on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners could be broken next year or cemented for another decade, depending on the outcome of a historic change in county government.

March 14, 2021, 4 a.m.
The House will soon hold hearings on a proposal to institute a state capital gains tax, which means we will revisit the arguments of whether it’s an unconstitutional income tax or a permissible excise tax.

March 14, 2021, 3:30 a.m.
A decision by an Idaho legislative committee that may end the sale of Powerball tickets in that state later this year might wind up being a boon to Washington stores along the border every time the major multistate lottery has a big jackpot.

March 7, 2021, 4 a.m.
If he hasn’t already, President Joe Biden may come to regret using the word “Neanderthal” to describe decisions by a couple of Southern governors to drop their states’ mask mandates.

Feb. 27, 2021, 4 a.m.
Although I’ve never been a big believer in the Cascade Curtain, more than a decade in Olympia has taught me that there is a certain West Side bias that results in somewhat rare recognition, let alone praise, for things Eastern Washington does right.

Feb. 26, 2021, 6 p.m.
As some in Congress try to rein in disinformation they believe is “fanning the flames of extremism” that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other Republicans contend it’s really an attempt to silence conservative voices.

Feb. 21, 2021, 4 a.m.
There’s a common refrain from voters throughout the ages when looking at their choices – whether they are stepping into a polling booth or opening their mail-in ballot – that there’s a long list of candidates, with one or two they really like but who don’t have a chance of winning.

Feb. 16, 2021, 3:45 a.m.
With the Centers for Disease Control suggesting new guidelines for reopening schools, lawmakers of both parties are calling on the state to revise its vaccine priorities to allow teachers got be vaccinated.

Feb. 14, 2021, midnight
Each week, The Spokesman-Review is examining one question from the exam taken by immigrants trying to become United States citizens.

Feb. 14, 2021, midnight
When a special commission redraws the boundaries for Washington’s legislative districts this year, some residents will urge its members to make more of those 49 districts competitive for candidates of both parties. That will be difficult in the Spokane area.

Feb. 13, 2021, 6 p.m.
When COVID-19 precautions forced the Legislature into a “virtual” session, several leaders contended that would result in fewer bills being introduced, heard and debated, with a focus on top priorities like the pandemic and the economy. That was clearly wishful thinking.

Feb. 11, 2021, 4:36 p.m.
To show the relative strength of Republican and Democratic candidates in Spokane area precincts as the Washington Redistricting Commission begins its work redrawing legislative boundaries, The Spokesman-Review analyzed election results from last year and 2010, the statewide election before the last redistricting took place.

Feb. 11, 2021, 3:33 p.m.
OLYMPIA – Harassing an elections worker in Washington could result in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine, under a bill sent to the full state Senate Thursday.

Feb. 7, 2021, 4 a.m.
When talking about the importance of teaching Civics to Washington students, there seem to be two schools of thought. One is it has always been important. The other is that it has never been more important.

Feb. 7, 2021, 4 a.m.
When people of like minds believe certain issues aren’t getting enough attention in the Legislature, they band together in a special group in an effort to push for them.

Feb. 1, 2021, 5:03 p.m.
Washington students would be required to learn about “the negative effects of communism” as part of their study of civics and history, under a bill that sparked some heated discussion in a Senate committee hearing Monday.

Jan. 27, 2021, 3:29 p.m.
 A 2019 complaint against then-Rep. Matt Shea – which questioned the former lawmaker’s writings on the “Biblical Basis for War”and speeches to conservative groups –was dismissed recently by the Legislative Ethics Board because some allegations were beyond its jurisdiction and one was too late.