Jerry Cornfield

Political newbies and veterans begin filing for offices

Among them: A Sultan city councilman aiming for Congress and a 19-year-old with his eye on Olympia.

It’s (early) election season, and 38 seats are up for grabs

Candidate filing begins Monday for local, state and federal offices.

Millions at stake in Tulalip lawsuit over sales tax revenue

The state is concerned over the implications the case has on lands held by other tribes in Washington.

Mukilteo teachers want new state funds used for salaries

The district turned down the union’s demand to bargain. “Our position is we’ve got a closed contract.”

Eyman to spend $500K of his own money on car-tab initiative

Lacking deep-pocketed donors this time, he says he’s willing to risk his own retirement money.

Tacoma chairman of state House committee could be suspended

Rep. David Sawyer, a Democrat, has been accused of inappropriate or harassing behavior.

Less hunting and fishing means less revenue for state agency

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s expenses are climbing, while sales of licenses are down.

Initiative would bar governments from enacting soda taxes

It would also prohibit local taxes on other food and drinks typically sold in supermarkets.

GOP defends its turf in Congress, gives incumbent Democrats a pass

Everett’s Rick Larsen is one of 6 state House Democrats who so far have no Republican challengers.

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.

Is state funding schools sufficiently? Maybe, say plaintiffs

Lawmakers think they have complied with a court mandate. Those who sued are willing to wait and see.

Who will pay for all those mandated new ballot drop boxes?

Snohomish and other counties want to be reimbursed by the state, whose lawmakers required them.

Tiny Diking District 2 gets a clean audit and a scolding

It’s resisting “cumbersome” requirement that it file annual financial reports as required by state law.

It appears voters have approved the Sno-Isle Libraries levy

The two-county measure is passing, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent — a widening margin.

Gun rights advocates won the battle but may lose the war

New proposal tackles age requirements, background checks, firearms training, safe storage and more.

Survey: Where can state school funding do the most good?

Looking ahead to 2019-20, the state schools superintendent wants to know how to spend money.

Al Swift, 8-term congressman, always sought ‘the path forward’

He died Friday. His “deft touch” led to the Northwest Power Act and Ebey’s Landing historical reserve.

Special election Tuesday: Libraries, schools, fire districts

Property levies are on the ballot for the Sno-Isle Library District and Darrington schools.

Everett school leaders mull next steps on bond, overcrowding

Officials are in this position after voters did not approve a $330.6 million bond measure in February.

Panel tackles question of IDing who could be next mass shooter

Lawmakers want the group’s analysis to cover a lot of ground.