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Jim Camden
CAPITOL BUREAU REPORTER
Jim Camden jimc@spokesman.com (509) 879-7461

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.


Most Recent Stories

Sept. 24, 2020, 4 a.m.
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy has recovered some of the jobs, retail sales and tax revenue that plunged after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, improving its budget outlook for the next three years, but that still leaves the state “well below where we were in February,” the state’s economist said Wednesday.

Sept. 24, 2020, 3:30 a.m.
While the COVID-19 has played havoc with the Washington economy and many of its industries, it has boosted the state's legal marijuana operations.

Sept. 22, 2020, 1:51 p.m.
After ending one school year and starting a new one with their students learning at home or other remote locations, educators said state officials need to learn lessons and fix problems that are likely to continue.

Sept. 22, 2020, 3:30 a.m.
State and local elections officials are trying to reassure legislators and all Washington residents that the ballots that will be mailed out, cast and mailed back for the Nov. 3 election are safe and secure.

Sept. 19, 2020, 9 a.m.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being remembered Saturday as a trailblazer, a champion of equal rights, a tough questioner and a brilliant jurist. But as a famous but friendly pop culture icon who could awe visitors while putting them at ease.

Sept. 17, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
Washington state will join the West Coast states in launching a contact tracing application developed by Google and Apple.

News >  Business
Sept. 17, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
With Employment Security Trust Fund running low because of COVID-19 layoffs, business taxes likely next year.

Sept. 16, 2020, 2:09 p.m.
OLYMPIA – When Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to Eastern and Central Washington to bring the state’s prayers, concern and comfort to victims of fire-ravaged communities last week, he also brought something else: Apple maggot larvae.

Sept. 15, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
As fires in Eastern Washington slowed down Tuesday, tens of thousands of acres continued to burn in the state, a fact Gov. Jay Inslee attributes to climate change.

Sept. 15, 2020, 5:07 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent, Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, agreed to one debate before the Nov. 3 general election.

Sept. 14, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Fire crews have made progress on many explosive wildfires that started across Washington last week, while some new blazes continue to crop up.

Sept. 13, 2020, 4 a.m.
Large wildfires bring out the superlatives, and not in a good way.

Sept. 11, 2020, 3:11 p.m.
If political campaigns can be considered a Rorschach test on the boundaries of rhetoric, gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp offered a verbal “ink blot” last week that will almost certainly be viewed differently by his supporters than by Gov. Jay Inslee’s.

Sept. 10, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Rumors that fires consuming thousands of acres across the West are being deliberately set by antifa or other groups were spreading on social media Thursday like, well, wildfire. And they may be just as hard to extinguish.

Sept. 10, 2020, 4 a.m.
Mike Kreidler, a Democrat running for re-election as state insurance commissioner, has several milestones he can point to as he seeks a sixth term.

Sept. 9, 2020, 3:53 p.m.
Washington will lead a coalition of 15 states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and natural gas production.

Sept. 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
The contest for the job of managing billions of dollars that come into and go out of state coffers hinges in part on a comparison of résumés.

Sept. 6, 2020, 3 a.m.
I have become seriously worried about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign because it seems to be so desperate for money that it keeps sending emails asking for money, even though I’ve never given any political candidate a dime.

Sept. 4, 2020, 11:38 a.m.
Neighbors recalled Friday morning the reported exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, who was suspected of killing a 39-year-old supporter of a right-wing group at a protest in Portland, Oregon.

Sept. 2, 2020, 10:50 a.m.
The nation's largest producer of e-cigarettes has illegally targeted kids, the state claims in a major consumer protection lawsuit filed Wednesday.

News >  Legal
Aug. 31, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
A law restricting the sale of semiautomatic rifles approved by voters in 2018 is constitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Aug. 28, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
Two straight weeks of national political conventions – with the usual avalanche of speeches, videos and campaign ads – may have some Washington voters on edge.

Aug. 26, 2020, 3:45 p.m.
Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, the GOP candidate for governor, was named in a federal lawsuit that claims a Montana woman's rights were violated when she was detained and charged after a traffic check in 2018.

Aug. 24, 2020, 3:45 p.m.
Shortly after the Republican National Convention started Monday it moved to one of the key features of such a gathering, the roll call of the states to cast delegate votes for the party's nominee.

Aug. 23, 2020, 2:30 a.m.
Sometime on Thursday night or early Friday morning, some “criminal masterminds” broke into the building on the Capitol Campus with the office for The Spokesman-Review and two other newspapers.