Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Democratic power play is under way

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

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.

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.

‘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

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.

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.

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.