Jerry Cornfield

State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015

New proposal might help Washington get a Republican governor

An electoral college system, rather than a popular vote, could give more power to rural counties.

State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015
Dusk falls over the Capitol, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Washington. Congressional leaders have hashed out a massive, year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Local leaders welcome the $900B pandemic relief package

The deal boosts jobless benefits, aids small businesses and provides $600 stimulus checks.

Dusk falls over the Capitol, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Washington. Congressional leaders have hashed out a massive, year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman holds a T-shirt from long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Eyman: I may never qualify another ballot measure again

The anti-tax activist, accused of campaign violations, testified one last time in his bench trial.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman holds a T-shirt from long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

On the legal hot seat, Tim Eyman admits he fibbed to donors

Accused of breaking campaign finance laws, the initiative promoter endures hours of tough questions in a civil trial.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman gestures as he talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

At last, Tim Eyman telling his side of the story

Accused of breaking campaign finance laws, the initiative promoter takes stand in civil trial.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman gestures as he talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brett Gailey

Some urge citizen panel to hike Lake Stevens mayor’s salary

Council members say $80,000 set by the salary commission is too low and want another recommendation.

Brett Gailey
Doug Roulstone

GOP leader seeks recount in a precinct won by Trump and Culp

Ballots cast for president, governor and a House seat in one neighborhood will be tallied again.

Doug Roulstone
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney on July 29. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Group behind sheriff recall fined for campaign violations

A panel levied a $300 fine on a group led by Snohomish County attorneys. Meanwhile, another recall effort fizzled.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney on July 29. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Cannabis sales surge, proving pot is pandemic-proof

There are more customers, and some regulars are stocking up — just in case there’s a shortage.

Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Voters Brie Roberts, 28, and Michael Woods, 30, vote for the first time at the Robert J. Drewel Administration Building on the Snohomsish County Campus on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Voters young and old put this election in the record book

Generations X and Z, and Millennials, showed up and increased their share of votes compared to 2016.

Voters Brie Roberts, 28, and Michael Woods, 30, vote for the first time at the Robert J. Drewel Administration Building on the Snohomsish County Campus on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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With a final tally, county closes the book on 2020 election

In spite of the pandemic, more voters cast ballots in Snohomish County than in any prior election.

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Sky Valley Education Center teacher Jeanna Stroble, who has been a teacher for 34 years, waves a sign in support while wearing a T-Rex costume as the We Teach Monroe parade and rally drives by on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Back to remote learning for Monroe district’s first-graders

The switch comes after some in-person classes, and a warning that teachers could be fired for not showing up.

Sky Valley Education Center teacher Jeanna Stroble, who has been a teacher for 34 years, waves a sign in support while wearing a T-Rex costume as the We Teach Monroe parade and rally drives by on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Eyman trial halted; family member of AG staffer falls ill

The Thurston County judge ordered a pause until Monday out of abundance of caution.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Steve Hobbs

Democratic lawmakers ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining

They want to try to scaling back on occupancy before forcing an end to inside service.

Steve Hobbs
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Eyman fights allegation he repeatedly broke campaign laws

In a lawsuit, the state accuses the prolific initiative promoter of getting kickbacks.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ron Muzzall

Muzzall captures Senate seat as Price Johnson concedes

The contest in the 10th District emerged as one of the year’s most expensive electoral battles

Ron Muzzall
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, wear masks before taking them off for a final rehearsal in the governor's office before making a statewide televised address on COVID-19, which health officials have warned is accelerating rapidly throughout the state, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: As Thanksgiving nears, ‘further restrictions’ coming

“Simply put, we have to rethink these holidays,” the governor said in a televised address with his wife.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, wear masks before taking them off for a final rehearsal in the governor's office before making a statewide televised address on COVID-19, which health officials have warned is accelerating rapidly throughout the state, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Top (L-R): Rep. Carolyn Eslick and Debra Blodgett, chairwoman of the Snohomish County Republican Party. Bottom (L-R): Doug Roulstone, vice chairman of the Snohomish County Republican Party, and State Senator Keith Wagoner.

Local GOP leaders insist it’s too soon for Trump to concede

Biden might win, they say, but they’ll await the counting of all ballots and the Electoral College outcome.

Top (L-R): Rep. Carolyn Eslick and Debra Blodgett, chairwoman of the Snohomish County Republican Party. Bottom (L-R): Doug Roulstone, vice chairman of the Snohomish County Republican Party, and State Senator Keith Wagoner.

Monroe teachers urge district to pause further reopening

The school board there is moving forward with a plan to bring first-graders back on campuses on Nov. 16.

Helen Price Johnson (left) and Ron Muzzall

Muzzall takes lead over Price Johnson in state Senate race

The Republican senator trailed Election Night but has moved in front with latest ballot count.

Helen Price Johnson (left) and Ron Muzzall