Jerry Cornfield

When it comes to majorities, Democrats must use them or lose them

Some hope that a Democratic victory in the Senate race will spur a bipartisan Hirst compromise.

Lawmakers want to know if Sound Transit conned them on costs

But they didn’t ask for testimony from the transportation committee members who negotiated the bill.

Whether cheers or jeers, DeVos appearance will rouse spirits

Trump’s secretary of education is coming to Bellevue to raise money for a pro-business think tank.

This guy is aiming to go from Tweakerville to City Hall

Everett mayoral hopeful Gary Watts is counting on voters’ concerns about the city’s drug addicts.

Inslee’s capital budget tour is getting on Republicans’ nerves

Jay Inslee is back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour. He’s traveling to Snohomish County… Continue reading

Snohomish cowboy ready to take on ‘Sheriff Joe’ again

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio may be getting ready to hitch up his spurs for another campaign. The ink had barely… Continue reading

Trump’s plans, not his tweets, should be an issue this fall

There is no shortage of subjects that candidates for local offices can debate in their campaigns this fall. Don’t expect President Donald J. Trump to… Continue reading

‘What happened to Hillary happened to Brian Sullivan’

Those leading the Snohomish County Democratic Party wanted badly for Brian Sullivan to be the city’s next mayor. They gave the Democratic county… Continue reading

Washington voters now can voice opinions on new tax laws

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax… Continue reading

Petition seeks rewrite of state’s new distracted-driving law

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use… Continue reading

Lawmakers running out of time to solve the Hirst riddle

Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the… Continue reading

Lawmakers to shine more light on state worker contracts

Republican senators agreed to fund state worker contracts after reaching a deal with Democrats to increase the role of lawmakers in the collective… Continue reading

Solving McCleary is like figuring out a Rubik’s Cube

Any day now lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have spent months twisting and turning… Continue reading

Backers of district elections in Everett running out of time

An ambitious attempt to redistribute political power in Everett might not make it to the ballot this year. Supporters of a measure to… Continue reading

Talk and tension rise over collective bargaining reform

Teachers in the Everett School District incited quite a stir with their talk of striking on the first day of school this fall… Continue reading

No easy fix for Washington’s broken process of legislating

Washington voters amended the state Constitution in 1979 in hopes of bringing discipline to a legislating process run amok. Sixty percent of them… Continue reading

Experience pays when prepping for government shutdown

The process of shutting down state government is under way, again. At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans… Continue reading

When it came to car tabs, not all lawmakers read the fine print

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car… Continue reading

Don’t forget what lawmakers accomplished during regular session

Not a whole lot is going on around the Capitol these days as the first not-so-special session reaches the end of its third… Continue reading

AG seeks public advice on forcing Trump to show his taxes

Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if… Continue reading