Jerry Cornfield

‘Roadkill Caucus’ on the way back?

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle conversation as the approaching legislative session could be epic in its length and… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

Politics today are getting personal | Jerry Cornfield

The personal nature of politics is on display in Washington.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fines mounting on state lawmakers | Jerry Cornfield

Fines are mounting against the state for not having a plan to ensure public schools are adequately funded. When Gov. Jay Inslee meets with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the matter Thursday, it will be 43 days since the Supreme Court imposed its sanction. At $100,000-a-day, that’s $4.3 million. Ka-ching!

Washington schools are illegally financed | Jerry Cornfield

The way Washington pays for public schools is illegal. But there’s no simple fix, and school leaders worry that state lawmakers are considering potential remedies that might not be better and, in some cases, could be worse. Democratic and Republican lawmakers must meet a deadline to figure it out or face the wrath of the state Supreme Court.

Republicans got their groove back

Looks like the Grand Old Party got its groove back.

The uncertain future of charter schools | Jerry Cornfield

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right. For years, backers of this privately run, publicly funded model of educating endured rejection by voters worried that diverting public dimes in this manner might sink the state’s school system. The mood turned in 2012 when billionaire believers of this education alternative put serious amounts of their money into helping pass Initiative 1240. An alliance of national experts hailed the measure as one of the best written charter school laws in the nation.

Governor shifts emission tactics | Jerry Cornfield

Nothing like a few days away from the office to get one’s spirit rejuvenated and energy recharged. For Gov. Jay Inslee, it came in a trip to Paris, where he attended the international confab on climate change.

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.

Here comes the money flow | Jerry Cornfield

The votes are counted, but contributions continue flowing to participants in this year’s election.

School funding still on the drafting table | Jerry Cornfield

Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task this year.

Olympia has case of Boeing Fatigue | Jerry Cornfield

More than the usual exchange of cold and flu germs occurred among lawmakers this session.

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.