Jerry Cornfield

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.

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. A fight broke out among the warriors.

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.

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.

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.

TPP can greatly affect Washington | Jerry Cornfield

Congressman Rick Larsen is doing something this week his congressional colleagues from Washington and around the country are not.

Eyman pleased but legal hurdles are ahead | Jerry Cornfield

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman. The professional initiative promoter from Mukilteo had another anti-tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. And, like many of its predecessors, it received support in nearly every county in the state.

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.

Auditor’s office just fine without Kelley | The Petri Dish

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome? Doesn’t seem like it.

Auditor’s office just fine without Kelley | The Petri Dish

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome? Doesn’t seem like it.

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.

Initiative didn’t help the Democrats | Jerry Cornfield

Democrats are trying to sort out what went wrong in November’s general election and why the presence of Initiative 594 on the ballot didn’t motivate more of their voters to turn out.

Despite complaints, politicians are re-elected | The Petri Dish

Hours into the partial unplugging of federal government, HappyClam was anything but joyous about the feat of the nation’s elected leaders.

Crucial time for Washington’s democrats | The Petri Dish

With the curtain all but closed on the fall election, Democrats will turn their attention to filling two jobs critically important for the political party’s future in Olympia and throughout the state.

Charter schools and Initiative 522 | Views

We’re learning this week where Washington’s first charter schools may open in 2014 and who may operate them. This much is certain: No one wants to do it in Snohomish County.

Director of Washington charter schools appointed | The Petri Dish

Joshua Halsey is about to become one of the most important people in public education in Washington.