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Jim Camden


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

Spin Control: Would Washington elections be better if voting was mandatory?

For much of the public, the only figures that matter in an election are who won. For political analysts, campaign operatives and nerdy reporters, there’s a second set to consider that involves how many voters actually cast ballots. → Read More

We the People: Many states have had multiple capitals, but Washington's has always been Olympia

Each week, The Spokesman-Review examines one question from the Naturalization Test immigrants must pass to become United States citizens. → Read More

Spin Control: If elections are rigged, how did Kent pull off late primary win?

The congressional race in southwest Washington should serve as a lesson to would-be elections deniers who question the integrity of the nation’s voting systems or insist, like the former president, that ballot counting should stop and winners be declared on Election Night. → Read More

Spin Control: A bug, by any other name, might be more appropriate

Last week’s announcement that the state is urging residents of Western Washington to “adopt” a wasp nest as part of its efforts to stop the spread of a potentially devastating hornet prompted thoughts on that great Shakespearean question: What’s in a name? → Read More

Spin Control: New rules could give bars a new ax to grind

When one nears the end of one’s seventh decade of life, it is probably inevitable to confront things that seemed unthinkable the previous six decades. → Read More

We the People: You hear about it a lot, but what does 'rule of law' really mean?

Each week, The Spokesman-Review examines one question from the Naturalization Test immigrants must pass to become United States citizens. → Read More

Spin Control: Former opponents Foley and Nethercutt linked in effort to improve civil discourse

There is an axiom in politics that nothing is permanent, so remember that today’s adversaries may be tomorrow’s allies. → Read More

Spin Control: Despite Culp's claim, 'Get a rope' is no metaphor for accountability

When a man allegedly attacked a Seattle nurse in early March, knocking her down the stairs of a light-rail station for no apparent reason, breaking her ribs and clavicle, many people were shocked. → Read More

'Everything ground to a halt' on I-95 in Virginia, former SR reporter recalls

When he set out from Brooklyn Monday for a return trip to Miami, reporter Jim DeFede knew there was snow in the forecast for part of his planned route through Virginia. → Read More

Spin Control: Initiatives, vetoes, Klingon and other predictions for 2022

The new year stretches before us like an unbroken cross-country trail on Mount Spokane. While many calendars are mostly blank for 2022, Spin Control looks into its crystal ball in an effort to fill in a few spaces with its annual predictions. → Read More

Spokane County redistricting panel's two proposed commissioner maps would have very different political outcomes

Two compromise proposals for the new Spokane County commissioner districts suggest very different boundaries and different political makeups, based on a computer analysis of the proposals and the average precinct voting margins of six key races in 2020. → Read More

Spin Control: Can 'bipartisan' mean whatever a politician says it means?

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. → Read More

Washington electors cast their 12 votes for Biden and Harris

Although the outcome was expected, Monday's meeting of the Washington Electoral College was not routine. → Read More

In 1991 more than one-third of Washington was represented in the Legislature by two parties. In 2021? Hardly any.

Washington’s polarized political landscape has long been seen in the results of statewide elections, with counties around Puget Sound reliably Democratic blue and those east of the Cascades solidly Republican red in votes for president, governor or the U.S. Senate. → Read More

Legislator who came to United States as refugee presents Washington's votes to nominate Biden

The Democratic National Convention continued its unconventional process for one of the most iconic exercises of the quadrennial event, the roll call of the states in which votes are formally cast for the nominees. → Read More

Washington sues over postal service changes

As Washington and some 20 other states began challenging changes to the U.S. Postal Service in court, the postmaster general announced he was suspending those changes at least until after the election. → Read More

Spokane to add isolation facility, contact tracers as 104 new cases are confirmed

Ten county residents have died from COVID-19 in Spokane County this week alone, as the virus continues to spread more widely in the region. → Read More

'It's a complicated thing': Meaning of the Fourth of July in flux as fight for equal rights continues

When Jamie Stacy gets together with her family Saturday on the Fourth of July, there won’t be much talk of the document that was approved on that day in 1776. → Read More

New jobless claims in Washington drop slightly but unpaid backlog remains

The number of Washington workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits continued to drop last week. → Read More

New rules allow drive-ins to open, libraries to fill orders

Watching a movie on a big outdoor screen at a drive-in theater could soon be possible in Eastern Washington. Picking up a book from the public library may also be an option, although browsing the shelves for an interesting but unfamiliar selection won’t be happening soon. → Read More