Jerry Cornfield

Midterm winners and losers

Midterm winners and losers

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

Midterm winners and losers
Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes

Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes

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

Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes
These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials

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

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials
Even with postage paid, voters couldn’t send ballots on time

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.

Even with postage paid, voters couldn’t send ballots on time
A victory they didn’t want means a fight they worked to avoid

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.

A victory they didn’t want means a fight they worked to avoid
Rumbling and rambling on the way to November

Rumbling and rambling on the way to November

The short columns for the upcoming mid-terms.

Rumbling and rambling on the way to November
Firearms purchase warning ballot measure waiting approval

Firearms purchase warning ballot measure waiting approval

Back in 1965, with mounting evidence of the ill effects of smoking, Congress decided every pack of cigarettes should come with a few words of… Continue reading

Firearms purchase warning ballot measure waiting approval
Mental health competency delays cost state millions

Mental health competency delays cost state millions

Soon, some of those languishing lengthy periods behind bars might need to be released and charges against them dismissed.

Mental health competency delays cost state millions
State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in 2020

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in 2020

Last week the state Democratic Party signaled a greater ope nness to allocate delegates ba sed on the results of the prim ary rather than caucuses, whic h it’s never done before.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in 2020
State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Washington also is considering becoming more significant by moving its primary to early March.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020
Initiative signatures are the new greenbacks

Initiative signatures are the new greenbacks

As of Wednesday, June 6, petitions for four statewide initiatives were getting circulated.

Initiative signatures are the new greenbacks
Public record battle brings in a mediator

Public record battle brings in a mediator

A taskforce is also being put together, but it’s not clear who will be on it.

Public record battle brings in a mediator

State money for postage-paid ballots might not be enough

Snohomish County gets $166,000, but if turnout is high this year, it might cost more.

What will Inslee do in 2020?

What will Inslee do in 2020?

His political machine is running full steam.

What will Inslee do in 2020?
Eyman risking retirement funds on car tab initiative

Eyman risking retirement funds on car tab initiative

Will the $500,000 investment be enough to get the initiative on a ballot?

Eyman risking retirement funds on car tab initiative
Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

NRA leaders will need to decide if it’s worth putting resources into a fight in a Left Coast state versus investing in efforts to keep Republicans in control of Congress to prevent ideas like this initiative from becoming federal law.

Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war
Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Kim Wyman is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for the authority to reimburse counties for postal costs.

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots
Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist

Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist

They’re talking 15 percent for all certificated staff and 37 percent for the classified education support professionals they represent.

Teachers seeking pay raise; districts resist
Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Can lawmakers and the governor honestly contend public schools are fully funded and done with McCleary when some school districts still are stressed out and stretched out financially?

Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over
False claims online ignite partisan spat

False claims online ignite partisan spat

“When you have Republicans and Democrats in the same room there will always be three sides. The Republican perspective. The Democrat perspective and what actually transpired.”

False claims online ignite partisan spat