Jerry Cornfield

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Pink slips begin circling as lawmakers battle

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.

  • Oct 12th, 2017 10:15am

State lawmakers pressing ST3 for serious answers

Republican senators who are convinced Sound Transit leaders played fast and loose with facts about the agency’s light rail expansion plans got a chance last week to prosecute their argument in a court of public opinion.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 9:45am

Education leader will draw some cheers, some jeers

A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her boss’ accomplishments and inflame hearts of their political foes.

  • Sep 27th, 2017 10:30am

Governor singing the budget blues

Jay Inslee has been back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour.

  • Sep 13th, 2017 10:45am

Western Washington strategy ousted ‘Sheriff Joe’

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready to hitch up his spurs for another campaign.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 10:45am

Many things can distract a driver

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks.

  • Aug 4th, 2017 11:00am

Legislators still twisting, turning

Any day now, Washington state lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube.

  • Jun 29th, 2017 12:50pm

Tax returns and presidential candidates

Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if he doesn’t release his tax returns.

  • May 10th, 2017 9:00am

Bill would make it easier on voters

In the stack of bills awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature is what one supporter described as the “most progressive democracy measure” emerging from the Legislature this year.

  • May 3rd, 2017 10:30am

Who’s to blame for another special session?

Another special session is upon us. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff toiling in the state Capitol. They’re all used to not finishing on time — which this year meant by April 23 — and a few don’t know any other way.

  • Apr 26th, 2017 11:30am

Policy-making or political posturing?

As the ruling majority in the state Senate, Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 3:15pm

Political drama in Tacoma courtroom

The next episode in a political drama sparked by President Donald Trump’s election was take place in a Tacoma office building Friday.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 2:30pm

School funding battle continues

This may surprise you but one thing legislative leaders and the governor agree on is that new taxes are needed to help cover the state’s unpaid tab for public schools.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 11:00am

Olympia aiming to give a civics lesson

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order.

  • Feb 16th, 2017 9:34am

Bipartisan plan introduced to change cap on property taxes

The target is the 1 percent cap on property tax hikes which voters embraced and legislators etched into law a decade ago in spite of concerns it would weaken a historic pillar of financing that cities, counties and the state rely upon.

  • Feb 8th, 2017 9:34am

Talking Trump, one issue at a time

In his first week, President Donald Trump is effecting quite a bit of change in the climate and landscape of Washington politics.

  • Feb 2nd, 2017 11:17am

School funding problem returns to Olympia

As of today, Wednesday, there are only 90-plus days remaining in the regular session, even less when you figure lawmakers won’t work many weekends.

  • Jan 25th, 2017 10:13am

Final Planned Parenthood report issued, but future still cloudy

A politically contentious investigation by Congressional Republicans into the practices of Planned Parenthood and procuring of fetal tissue for research quietly concluded last week.

  • Jan 12th, 2017 9:05am

Washington fulfills election expectations

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.

  • Jan 5th, 2017 10:25am

Democratic power play is under way

A fierce fight is under way for the top leadership post of the Washington state Democratic Party.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 10:56am

Inslee’s education budget goes on display

Officially, Gov. Jay Inslee’s second term doesn’t get under way for another month. Practically, it begins this week when he releases his proposed budget for the 2017-19 biennium.

  • Dec 14th, 2016 10:22am

Grateful for the world of politics

With Thanksgiving still a warm memory, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election season.

  • Dec 1st, 2016 11:08am

‘Roadkill Caucus’ on the way back?

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016 12:16pm

Democratic PAC aims for Senate

A super PAC supporting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has redirected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the governor’s race into getting more Democrats elected to the Legislature.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 11:35am

Hour glass about empty for Bryant | Jerry Cornfield

Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington's next governor.

  • Oct 28th, 2016 5:32pm

Hour glass about empty for Bryant | Jerry Cornfield

Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington’s next governor.

  • Oct 28th, 2016 10:32am

Verbal miscues can cause heat | Jerry Cornfield

It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season. Except this eye-opening utterance came from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in the early minutes of his televised debate with Bill Bryant, his Republican opponent.

  • Oct 4th, 2016 9:15pm

Attorney general fights weapons | Jerry Cornfield

Attorney General Bob Ferguson insists politics isn't driving his call for a ban on the sale of semiautomatic, military-style assault weapons during the 2017 legislative session.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 5:16pm

Trump tapps into fear and frustration | Jerry Cornfield

It took Donald Trump nearly four minutes to enter Xfinity Arena, make his way to the podium and greet thousands of screaming fans congregated on the floor and seated throughout the building.

  • Sep 8th, 2016 2:24pm

Fish story: Water standards create a wake | Jerry Cornfield

The state is about to get new standards for water quality calibrated in part on how much fish we eat. The question is which version?

  • Sep 1st, 2016 5:32pm

Trump sends out survey to voters prior to visit | Jerry Cornfield

It's a pretty safe bet Donald J. Trump will lose in the state of Washington this November. It's a pretty sure one he'll get walloped in the city of Seattle.

  • Aug 26th, 2016 10:31pm

Dorn plans to sue school districts | Jerry Cornfield

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don't get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries.

  • Jul 20th, 2016 4:42pm

Heated exchanges on Initiative 1515 | Jerry Cornfield

Opponents of an initiative to repeal state rules allowing transgender people access to bathrooms of their choice are linking the philosophical motivations for the measure and the deadly attack at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 6:03pm

Heated exchanges on Initiative 1515 | Jerry Cornfield

Opponents of an initiative to repeal state rules allowing transgender people access to bathrooms of their choice are linking the philosophical motivations for the measure and the deadly attack at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 4:40pm

Battle of the bathroom gets batted around in joint rules committee | Jerry Cornfield

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms was waged Thursday in Yakima.

  • Jun 16th, 2016 6:15pm

Battle of the bathroom gets batted around in joint rules committee | Jerry Cornfield

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms was waged Thursday in Yakima. That's when an obscure legislative committee that rarely meets heard challenges to the state rule allowing transgender people to use the public bathroom of the gender they identify with — which may not be the one assigned them at birth.

  • Jun 16th, 2016 4:54pm

Debate offer too good to refuse| Jerry Cornfield

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

  • Jun 8th, 2016 7:00pm

Politics today are getting personal | Jerry Cornfield

The personal nature of politics is on display in Washington.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 7:13pm

Politics today are getting personal | Jerry Cornfield

The personal nature of politics is on display in Washington. Let's start with the presidential primary, an $11.5 million demonstration of democracy with a very limited impact on deciding who will be the nation's next leader.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 5:47pm

Inside political catch and keep | Jerry Cornfield

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington.

  • May 18th, 2016 8:45pm

Inside political catch and keep | Jerry Cornfield

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington. Trump's effect would derive from his position as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president and the cascading consequences of his words and actions.

  • May 18th, 2016 3:37pm

Some make it clear they ‘feel the Bern’ | Jerry Cornfield

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over.

  • May 13th, 2016 5:30pm

Some make it clear they ‘feel the Bern’ | Jerry Cornfield

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over. Bernie Sanders' supporters in Washington certainly haven't.

  • May 13th, 2016 4:50pm

Governor carries out his veto threat | Jerry Cornfield

Little Marko was on fire.

  • Mar 18th, 2016 7:40pm

Governor carries out his veto threat | Jerry Cornfield

Little Marko was on fire. The man most know as Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, was riffing on all the goodness in the supplemental transportation budget and dropping kudos to Gov. Jay Inslee along the way.

  • Mar 18th, 2016 7:18pm

Senate finds path to K-12 funding | Jerry Cornfield

Having completed debates on the use of toilets and taxes, the Republican majority in the state Senate directed their attention last week to a top item on this session’s to-do list — education.

  • Feb 25th, 2016 6:15pm

Senate finds path to K-12 funding | Jerry Cornfield

Having completed debates on the use of toilets and taxes, the Republican majority in the state Senate directed their attention last week to a top item on this session’s to-do list — education.

  • Feb 25th, 2016 6:05pm

Jan 15 2016 Inslee’s expectations are meeting many challenges | Jerry Cornfield

Gov. Jay Inslee is beginning the last year of his first term with every expectation of winning re-election in November. But challenges stacking up for his administration will test his executive mettle and political skills as he pursues a second term.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 7:01pm

Inslee’s expectations are meeting many challenges | Jerry Cornfield

Gov. Jay Inslee is beginning the last year of his first term with every expectation of winning re-election in November. But challenges stacking up for his administration will test his executive mettle and political skills as he pursues a second term.

  • Jan 13th, 2016 8:15pm

Prepare for a long emissions debate | Jerry Cornfield

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

  • Jan 7th, 2016 6:37pm