Jerry Cornfield

If Inslee only knew, he might have run for president sooner

The governor isn’t a great dealmaker. His absences from Olympia may be helping get his bills passed.

Chopp will step aside even if Dems haven’t picked a successor

The state’s longest-serving House speaker vows to leave his post “a few days” after the session’s end.

Seeking compromise on data privacy, Dems found controversy

Microsoft, Amazon and Comcast got invited to to help craft language but consumer groups did not.

Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight plight of orcas

Lanni Johnson wants elected leaders to publicly back removing dams on Snake River as one solution.

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is pondering whether to move the bill out of the committee.

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

Showdown on Inslee’s clean air rule reaches Supreme Court

Justices will consider whether Inslee had authority to impose regulations. A lower court said no.

Resetting state view on helping those with substance abuse

In opioid epidemic, a lawmaker wants recovery to be on the same pedestal as treatment and prevention.

What a surprise: Democrats eye the need for higher taxes

Even with a robust economy, the majority party might seek more revenue to carry out its wish list.

Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas

There are proposals, but no hostile fire over how to provide savings without derailing light rail.

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found.

State panel bumps up pay for lawmakers, governor and judges

Other statewide officeholders will get increases too. Tim Eyman vows to give voters a chance to block them.

Delta neighbors make their pitch to hasten smelter cleanup

Everett residents are asking officials to shorten the timeline for contaminated areas.

3 years in the making: New law on police use of deadly force

Legislators are about to pass a bill making it easier to prosecute cops involved in shootings.

Gov. Jay and President Inslee heard in the same speech

Inslee focused on climate change but also seemed to be testing anthems for a national campaign.

House concealed-guns policy keeps lieutenant governor away

Normally, Cyrus Habib would preside over an annual joint session. But he said he felt vulnerable.

With a slew of new faces, Legislature begins 2019 session

Lawmakers will debate climate change, the mental health system and taxes over the next 105 days.

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

The Frank Chopp era will end soon. Everett’s Robinson is among a crowd of women who may seek the job.

An old tax idea is getting resurrected for the new year

The governor is pushing for reform of a real estate excise tax that House Democrats failed to pass.