Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.