Jerry Cornfield

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Kim Wyman is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for the authority to reimburse counties for postal costs.

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots
Taxes and car tabs will be rehashed by voters

Taxes and car tabs will be rehashed by voters

One of the bigger surprises of the just-completed legislative session occurred in the final hours when a Democrat-sponsored bill cutting the state property tax rate… Continue reading

Taxes and car tabs will be rehashed by voters
By Taylor McAvoy

Olympia stunner: Compromise over police use of force

It was not always a civil process, but two diametrically opposed groups managed to find common ground.

By Taylor McAvoy
Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Bump stock ban becomes law; semiautomatics bill up next

It will be illegal in Washington to sell or own devices that make semiautomatic guns fire more rapidly.

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy

Lawmakers are now at odds over a Sound Transit car-tab fix

The Senate and House disagree over whether lost revenue from a lower fee should be offset right away.

By Taylor McAvoy
State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

It should result in reduction of the cost of vehicle licenses. The bill now goes to the state House.

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees
By Taylor McAvoy

Inslee vetoes public records bill; lawmakers get a do-over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
Solving a dilemma of their creation | Cornfield

Solving a dilemma of their creation | Cornfield

Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote, “This may surprise you, but… Continue reading

Solving a dilemma of their creation | Cornfield
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Putting together an education jigsaw puzzle | The Petri Dish

Putting together an education jigsaw puzzle | The Petri Dish

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with a nod… Continue reading

Putting together an education jigsaw puzzle | The Petri Dish
An idea that may suit everyone | The Petri Dish

An idea that may suit everyone | The Petri Dish

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial dividends they’ve… Continue reading

An idea that may suit everyone | The Petri Dish
Law makers face an old problem in new session | The Petri Dish

Law makers face an old problem in new session | The Petri Dish

Time is running out on the 2017 Legislature. As of Wednesday, there are only 102 days remaining in the regular session, even less when you… Continue reading

Law makers face an old problem in new session | The Petri Dish
State politics predictable in 2016 | The Petri Dish

State politics predictable in 2016 | The Petri Dish

This wasn’t a very good year for many of the nation’s venerable pollsters and pundits as they got trumped by fake news and fiery tweets.… Continue reading

State politics predictable in 2016 | The Petri Dish
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Coalition aims to set up debates in governor, Senate races | The Petri Dish

If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

Jerry Cornfield. Contributed photo
Jerry Cornfield. Contributed photo

It’s a popular job: 8 aspire to be lieutenant governor | The Petri Dish

Why are so many people running to become Washington's next lieutenant governor?

Jerry Cornfield. Contributed photo
Jerry Cornfield

Verbal fisticuffs erupt over how to deal with climate change | The Petri Dish

A not-so-funny thing happened on the long march to save Washington from the damaging undulations of climate change.

Jerry Cornfield