Jerry Cornfield

What’s going on with WA’s clean water rules

Washington has been trying to make the first significant update in its water quality standards since the 1990s.

 

A historic era ends, another begins

Frank Chopp is gone, and John Lovick is taking the reigns.

 

Inslee, Democrats riding high

His absence from The Hill may explain why things are moving smoothly over there.

 

Snohomish woman finishes 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

Time is running out on these “iconic creatures.”

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is pondering whether to move the bill out of the committee.

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

Gov. Inslee and the state Supreme Court

The court will be ruling on whether Inslee’s executive actions for addressing climate change were an overreach of power.

Lawmaker says state should focus more on recovery

House Bill 1768 would define “recovery” in state legislation if the bill is passed.

Legislators explore car tab solutions

Who knows if Democrats and Republicans can agree on this issue.

An old tax idea is being resurrected

With Democrats in charge, it may pass this time around.

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

A state Democrat is looking at installing a 10-year, $10 billion transportation package financed primarily with a carbon fee and a gas-tax increase.

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 session

In an annual rite, lawmakers are already putting bills in the hopper they want to debate next year.

Is Inslee prepping for a presidential run?

He may be a long shot, but so were several of our previous presidents.

State revenue is unprecedented, but it’s still not enough

Bargaining agreements, mental health services, homelessness programs and the fight against opioid addiction take a lot of money to fund.

Midterm winners and losers

Those who came out ahead include Big Oil and Big Soda.

Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes

The “Rainy Day” fund and the McCleary decision is expected to take most of the state revenue.

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials

A special commission will soon decide salaries for state officeholders, including the governor.

Even with postage paid, voters couldn’t send ballots on time

While those ballots don’t get counted, taxpayers still must pay the Postal Service for delivering them.

A victory they didn’t want means a fight they worked to avoid

De-Escalate Washington needs to restart the machinery of a campaign to pass I-940.

Rumbling and rambling on the way to November

The short columns for the upcoming mid-terms.