Jerry Cornfield

This year’s biggest election for Democrats isn’t on the ballot

Four women are vying to become the next House speaker. The Democratic caucus will decide in July.

Everett schools clamping down on cellphone use in classroom

Next fall, if students don’t keep them turned off it could result in confiscation and suspension.

Community college classes are going to cost a little more

Tuition is set to rise by 2.4 percent. Full-time students could pay another $100 next school year.

One-way ferry fares for vehicles could increase by about $1

It’ll help pay for a new hybrid-electric ferry and converting 2 vessels to run on electricity and fuel.

A Senate seat is on the line and the dominos are set to fall

Rep. Stanford seems a shoo-in for the appointment. There’s a drama brewing for his job in the House.

Cascadia College may no longer make you pay just to apply

Trustees are moving to axe the admission fee. They don’t want it to be a deterrent to potential students.

When will 2020 race for governor begin? When Inslee says so

Three potential candidates are mum for now as the governor vies for president and ponders a third term.

No dissent as House backs effort to pinpoint landslide risks

Use of 3-D maps to help scientists identify disasters before they happen was a bipartisan winner.

School districts can collect more taxes, but will they try?

Marysville, Everett and Arlington will. Darrington, Mukilteo and Lake Stevens won’t. Here’s why.

With Palumbo out, capital gains tax gets real for Democrats

His successor could be the vote leaders need. But with elections in 2020, tax may be off the table.

Getting rid of the two-party system isn’t as popular as hoped

Setbacks in 2018 derailed an effort by Brian Baird and Chris Vance to boost independent political power.

‘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.