Jerry Cornfield

School funding looms over lawmakers prepping for ‘marathon’

Time is running out on the 2017 Legislature. As of Wednesday, there are only 102 days remaining in the regular session, even less… Continue reading

Unlike some reps, Larsen and DelBene will attend inauguration

There may be a little extra elbow room for Democratic lawmakers at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. As many as 54 Democratic House members… Continue reading

State Dems eyeing power shift after Trump hires GOP senators

In his first week, President Donald Trump is effecting quite a bit of change in the climate and landscape of Washington politics. His… Continue reading

Legislature considers property tax increase to fund schools

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars… Continue reading

Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel… Continue reading

More taxes needed for schools, but that’s where agreement ends

This may surprise you, but one thing legislative leaders and the governor agree on is that new taxes are needed to help cover… Continue reading

Political pragmatism blocks votes on death penalty, weapons

A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington. That’s what Attorney General Bob Ferguson wanted on the legislation he… Continue reading

Washington’s faithless electors are about to face the music

The next episode in a political drama sparked by President Donald Trump’s election will take place in a Tacoma office building Friday. There,… Continue reading

Talk of taxes and unions: Prelude to a political season

As the ruling majority in the state Senate, Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please.… Continue reading

The little bill that couldn’t is not quite back on track

Everyone understands the problem. No one opposes the solution. Yet today owners of 285 properties in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties still are… Continue reading

Sound Transit board ponders car tab fury

This could be interesting. Thursday afternoon directors of Sound Transit will hold their regular monthly meeting in Seattle. It will be their first… Continue reading

A tax change lawmakers can love? It’s now up to GOP

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial… Continue reading

State Senate candidate Ken Smith doesn’t fit the GOP’s mold

As an elected board member in the Northshore School District, Ken Smith served the public and conducted his politics in relative anonymity to… Continue reading

Lawmakers struggle to solve the puzzle of public education

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with… Continue reading

There’s plenty of blame to go around for special session

The countdown to special session is under way. Truthfully, it’s been going on for a while among those in the fraternity of lawmakers,… Continue reading

Dems happy over GOP-sponsored bill to increase ballot boxes

In the stack of bills awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature is what one supporter described as the “most progressive democracy measure” emerging… Continue reading

AG seeks public advice on forcing Trump to show his taxes

Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if… Continue reading

Don’t forget what lawmakers accomplished during regular session

Not a whole lot is going on around the Capitol these days as the first not-so-special session reaches the end of its third… Continue reading

When it came to car tabs, not all lawmakers read the fine print

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car… Continue reading

Experience pays when prepping for government shutdown

The process of shutting down state government is under way, again. At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans… Continue reading