Jerry Cornfield

‘It doesn’t bring our son back,’ but they got lawmakers to act

They lost him in a fire, so a Sultan couple fought for a stricter smoke alarm law.

Guy Palumbo quits state Senate to become lobbyist for Amazon

The first-term Democratic lawmaker from Maltby will be the company’s state director of public policy.

State high court upholds $1,000 fines on ‘faithless electors’

They signed pledges to back their party’s nominee, Clinton, in 2016, but then voted for Colin Powell.

Pow! Bam! Inslee delivers a one-two punch of executive power

Governor shifted $175M to culverts and vetoed a sentence he said threatened funding for transit.

School districts get the higher levy cap that they wanted

Under a newly signed law, some may pay more in property taxes to their local schools next year.

Inslee urged to use the red pen on a few budget provisions

Some want him to veto tax increases on banks and businesses too. We’ll find out Tuesday what he does.

Search for a new Everett schools leader enters home stretch

Superintendent Cohn is retiring and the school board may name the finalists for his job Tuesday.

Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Feds say they’ll use what the state submitted in 2016 even though they’re no longer the state’s faves.

Long term care costs are about to get a little less painful

A first-in-the-nation program funded by workers will provide financial help to defray expenses.

Districts face penalty if they don’t follow rules for levies

School leaders, including Everett’s, seek a veto of a punishment provision in the levy bill.

Teachers in Edmonds district are preparing to get pink slips

School board to act Tuesday on plan that also axes jobs of assistant principals and paraeducators.

Schools to get help assessing students for potential threats

A new law will expand use of assessment techniques and require training of school resource officers.

State commits $16M to clean former mill site of contaminants

The money will help Port of Everett prepare the South Terminal berth to serve larger cargo ships.

In state House, one historic era ends and another begins

Chopp is out as speaker. Lovick is in, and already dealing with next steps in two investigations.

Up to 45 teachers could get pink slips in Edmonds district

Assistant principals and paraeducators, too, may lose jobs as the schools face a $17.7 million hole.

Carpool lane violators will pay more for breaking the law

Bill sent to the governor will hike fines and add a penalty for using a dummy to avoid a ticket.

AG’s legal tab in Eyman case nears $1M with trial a year away

The anti-tax activist will be tried in July 2020 on charges he repeatedly broke state election laws.

Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

They didn’t pass a capital gains tax or plastic bag ban and the death penalty is still on the books.

With last-minute deal on school levies, Legislature adjourns

Democratic leaders and the governor were all smiles after succeeding with an ambitious agenda.

To the end, lawmakers struggle to cross the finish line

A disagreement among Democrats on lifting school levy cap threatened to force a special session.