Jerry Cornfield

False claims online ignite a snit among local party leaders

The internet probably isn’t the best place these days for Democrats and Republicans to duke it out.


Sound Transit lobbies Congress to keep Lynnwood line funded

President Trump wants to cut a $1.17 billion grant. Bipartisans in Congress could preserve it.


Soft-drink makers push to ban local taxes on soda and food

Motivated by a Seattle tax on pop, they are planning an initiative to keep groceries mostly tax-free.


Employment agency leader quits on report of ‘creepy’ behavior

Previously, Dale Peinecke was a chairman of the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County.

Property owners excluded from tax starting next year

They didn’t get to vote on the Sound Transit plan but have been required to pay the tax.

Why Republican legislators voted against a property tax cut

You’ll no doubt be hearing about it in campaign ads next fall.

Mill Creek city councilman to run for state office

Jared Mead will challenge Rep. Mark Harmsworth for Position 2 in the 44th Legislative District.

County diversion center opens soon for homeless addicts

A temporary infusion of state money will get the pilot program launched next month in Everett.

Tim Eyman found in contempt over his financial documents

The Mukilteo political activist, meanwhile, is suing the state himself over Initiative 940.

Car tab relief effort crashes

There was too little time and Republicans had amendments they seemed intended to filibuster on.

In control, Democrats pressed an ambitious agenda in Olympia

Besides school funding and a property-tax cut, they enacted far-ranging progressive laws.

Democrat Ruth Kagi won’t seek re-election to the state House

The 32nd District representative, first elected in 1998, has been a champion of children and education.

On final day, lawmakers look to pass budget, property tax cut

But there are some questions about car tabs and increasing the age to buy a semiautomatic rifle.

Stunning Olympia news: Compromise over police use of force

It was not always a civil process, but two diametrically opposed groups managed to find common ground.

Property owners get relief from tax they did not vote on

Sound Transit now can levy a tax only on full parcels entirely within its taxing district.

Bump stock ban becomes law; semiautomatics bill up next

It will be illegal in Washington to sell or own devices that make semiautomatic guns fire more rapidly.

State House GOP leader Kristiansen won’t seek re-election

The Snohomish representative from the 39th District has served in the Legislature since 2003.

Lawmakers are now at odds over a Sound Transit car-tab fix

The Senate and House disagree over whether lost revenue from a lower fee should be offset right away.

Taming the traffic-troubled U.S. 2 trestle

A report due in June will sort out what city, county and state officials think are the best options.

Inslee vetoes public records bill; lawmakers get a do-over

And news organizations that successfully sued have agreed to seek a stay of a judge’s disclosure order.