Jerry Cornfield

If Inslee only knew, he might have run for president sooner

The governor isn’t a great dealmaker. His absences from Olympia may be helping get his bills passed.

 

Crunch time in Capitol as lawmakers await final budget deal

Democrats, who control both chambers, seek agreements on spending, taxes and sticky policy issues.

 

Snohomish woman ends fast that focused on plight of orcas

Lanni Johnson had urged elected leaders to embrace removing dams on Snake River as one solution.

 

Chopp will step aside even if Dems haven’t picked a successor

The state’s longest-serving House speaker vows to leave his post “a few days” after the session’s end.

Seeking compromise on data privacy, Dems found controversy

Microsoft, Amazon and Comcast got invited to to help craft language but consumer groups did not.

Illness sidelines Sen. McCoy as pace of lawmaking heats up

The Tulalip lawmaker has missed days of Senate action as he recovers from flu and pneumonia.

Emotional day for families as wrongful death bill is passed

It would give parents a chance to file claims and recover damages for the loss of an adult child.

They want to lead EvCC and will be here soon to tell you why

The three finalists are coming to town for interviews and forums, on campus and in the community.

Proposed toll lanes are creating headaches for lawmakers

They want to toll 405 south of Bellevue and Highway 167 but can’t agree on use of the future dollars.

Proposed toll lanes are creating headaches for lawmakers

They want to toll 405 south of Bellevue and Highway 167 but can’t agree on use of the future dollars.

Higher prices are on the horizon for state ferry riders

State lawmakers are eyeing a fare hike and an increase in the boat-building surcharge.

Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight plight of orcas

Lanni Johnson wants elected leaders to publicly back removing dams on Snake River as one solution.

Dummies used by carpool violators could lead to a $200 fine

Lawmakers want to target serial offenders with a new penalty and much higher fines for tickets.

State wants to rein in Eyman and he can’t stop it from trying

A Thurston County judge says the legality of potential penalties can be tackled once his case is tried.

Once again, state rules for school levies are up for debate

Democratic lawmakers are looking to ease restrictions to allow districts to collect more money.

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is pondering whether to move the bill out of the committee.

Legal age to buy smokes soon to be 21 — except on tribal lands

Inslee is expected to sign the legislation that applies to the sale of tobacco and vaping products.

Whidbey shipbuilder wants a shot at the next ferry contract

Nichols Brothers has been a subcontractor. The state might extend a deal with Portland-based Vigor.

Less spending and fewer new taxes in Senate Democrats’ budget

The $51.9 billion plan avoids capital gains and business tax hike that House Democrats proposed.

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.