Jerry Cornfield

News media and lawmakers to resume clash over public records

As litigation continues over access to legislators’ records, a task force will begin meeting next month.

In ads, Republicans punish a Democrat for voting their way

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is getting slammed for supporting bills introduced by GOP lawmakers.

Ballots will be mailed Thursday for Aug. 7 primary election

Participation could creep higher this year because voters, for the first time, won’t need stamps.

Does Washington need a ‘surgeon general’s warning’ for guns?

Initiative 1639 would require something similar on paperwork for firearms purchases.

Soda pop seen at a grocery store in Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Ballot measure would ban local taxes on groceries and soda

Backers have submitted petitions to put Initiative 1634 to a vote in November.

Soda pop seen at a grocery store in Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Edmonds will consider new law requiring safe storage of guns

Under the proposal, gun owners could face fines ranging from $500 to $10,000.

Signatures filed for ballot measure targeting military-style rifles

The father of the surviving victim of the 2016 Mukilteo shootings helped deliver the petitions.

Counties aren’t gonna take it any more

They’re all gearing up for legal duel with the state over money and power.

Voters might decide whether to make polluters pay a new fee

Proponents of Initiative 1631 turned in 380,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Auditor: Careful what you say about rivals in voter pamphlet

Some candidates react to the push for “civility” over what they consider “free speech.”

Nancy Rust was a defender of the environment

The Shoreline lawmaker, re-elected seven times, once called herself “the enemy of the builders.”

Mental health competency delays are costing state millions

Soon, some of those languishing behind bars may need to be released and charges against them dismissed.

Public employee unions assess damage of Supreme Court ruling

The justices ruled 5-4 that government workers cannot be forced to pay a fee for a union’s services.

Property values continue skyward in Snohomish County

Home values climbed an average 12.2 percent since a year ago, the assessor says.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Washington also is considering becoming more significant by moving its primary to early March.

A glowing pitch to entice Boeing avoids some touchy issues

The state’s aerospace competitiveness study overlooks two key unknowns: labor relations and politics.

11-year legal battle over school spending finally ends

The daily sanctions in the case known as McCleary are over, but the issue is far from resolved.

Time is short to qualify the gun-restriction ballot measure

Sponsors must collect and turn in the signatures of 259,622 registered Washington voters by July 6.

Taxpayers want court to block Sound Transit car-tab fees

A group is seeking class-action status in an attempt to recover more than $240 million.

Signature of registered voter is a coveted commodity

The competitive nature of the initiative and referendum season now peaking in Washington.