Jerry Cornfield

Anticipation grows over Inslee’s pending plan to fund schools

Officially, Gov. Jay Inslee’s second term doesn’t get underway for another month. Practically, it will begin next week when the Bainbridge Island Democrat is expected… Continue reading

Snohomish County voters rang up some interesting numbers

Voters in Snohomish County, give yourself a hand for a record-breaking performance in the 2016 election. More of you cast a ballot than in any… Continue reading

This election gave so many a darn good reason to be thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election… Continue reading

Evenly divided Legislature inspires hope for moderates

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle conversation as the approaching legislative session could be epic in its… Continue reading

4 possible state shake-ups looming in the countdown to Nov. 8

You will be hard-pressed to find many in Washington who can’t wait until 8 p.m. Tuesday when voting will end and ballot counting… Continue reading

Sure of Inslee win, Dem super PAC shifts aid to Legislature

A super PAC supporting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has redirected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the governor’s race into getting more Democrats… Continue reading

Libertarian AG candidate points to Ferguson’s weak spot

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s latest newsletter of legal wins and political initiatives arrived by email last week. This edition of The Ferguson File… Continue reading

GOP says Petri Dish got it wrong: Party is all in for Bryant

Earlier: Bryant’s race against Inslee lacks GOP energy, money, support The Washington State Republican Party took exception to my latest column about the level of… Continue reading

Island Co. Senate race: Petrish crosses over, supports Bailey

An unlikely union of political foes could spoil the Democratic Party’s chance of retaking a state Senate seat in Island County. Sen. Barbara… Continue reading

Inslee’s faux pas easily lost in this year of the outrageous

It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season. Except this eye-opening utterance came… Continue reading

Tired of waiting, Ferguson wants ban on assault weapon sales

Attorney General Bob Ferguson insists politics isn’t driving his call for a ban on the sale of semiautomatic military-style assault weapons in the… Continue reading

A key Democrat equivocates on legislative candidate Palumbo

If you want to make retiring Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe squirm a little, ask her who she wants to succeed her in… Continue reading

State needs to answer question of school employees’ salaries

In advance of Wednesday’s hearing on school funding, Washington Supreme Court justices had posed many questions that state attorneys told them couldn’t be… Continue reading

Trump brings his appealing swagger to a very blue state

It took Donald Trump nearly four minutes to enter Xfinity Arena, make his way to the podium and greet thousands of screaming fans… Continue reading

Clean water vs. the cost of clean water

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?… Continue reading

Trump seeks strategy input ahead of Aug. 30 state visit

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… Continue reading

Prepare for gold-medal bickering in first gubernatorial debate

On Wednesday, right about the time beach volleyballer Kerri-Walsh Jennings hopes to be capturing gold in the Rio Olympics, the two men vying to be… Continue reading

What we learned from the initial primary results

As ballot counting continues in the 2016 primary, here are a few story lines emerging from the results already in hand. Bill Bryant is in… Continue reading

Should he stay or should he go? Just imagine the answers

Taking a cue from the Grand Old Party’s four-day fete in Cleveland, consider the case Republican leaders in this state might make against… Continue reading