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bob-linBob Jarman, candidate for San Juan County council, returned $300 in prize money he won for his 4th of July parade float to the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, July 13.

The award of the Best of Theme prize for his float promoting his campaign raised questions from members of the community. The Chamber is an apolitical organization.

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No doubt the scene was pure Americana - people clad in red, white and blue lining both sides of the street applauding and laughing as marching bands, veterans in cars, weirdly dressed neighbors, floats and politicians paraded by in celebration of the 236th anniversary of the birth of the nation July 4, 2012.

What is in doubt are the consequences of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce judging committee's decision to award a $300 prize to a political entry.

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SEATTLE - It's a mean political season, according to a new survey of Washington state voters, 57 percent of whom say most political television advertisements are attack ads.

Doug Shadel, AARP Washington state director, says its survey also finds that 79 percent are skeptical about the claims being made in political ads. Even so, he says, less than a third of Washington voters understand that it's not a violation of federal law to make deceptive claims in a campaign ad.

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Democracy Corner returns. An open house to celebrate will take place on Sunday, July 1st, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 135 Second Street (adjacent to the Garden Path Café) to welcome all those who want to preserve democracy, no matter what their political persuasion.

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