Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Details emerging on Democrats’ $52.4 billion budget deal

Higher taxes on banks, businesses and high tech giants will help balance the two-year spending plan.

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.

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