Jerry Cornfield

Justices will decide if state school-funding crisis is over

Legislators and the state superintendent think the latest budget will satisfy the Supreme Court.

False claims online ignite a snit among local party leaders

The internet probably isn’t the best place these days for Democrats and Republicans to duke it out.

Why Republican legislators voted against a property tax cut

You’ll no doubt be hearing about it in campaign ads next fall.

Mill Creek city councilman to run for state office

Jared Mead will challenge Rep. Mark Harmsworth for Position 2 in the 44th Legislative District.

Stunning Olympia news: Compromise over police use of force

It was not always a civil process, but two diametrically opposed groups managed to find common ground.

Property owners get relief from tax they did not vote on

Sound Transit now can levy a tax only on full parcels entirely within its taxing district.

Area projects get boost in proposed state road budgets

Among them: Highway 9 through Clearview, Highway 530 in Darrington and the new Mukilteo ferry terminal.

What actions by state lawmakers will influence your vote?

These proposals or accomplishments could reverberate next November. Tell us what you think.

At least they agree that property taxes need lowering

Lawmakers are tripping over one another with schemes to roll back the hike they imposed.

Democrats seek automatic and day-of voter registration

Some GOP House members were concerned about people who are ineligible to vote still voting.

For school districts whose levies fail, what’s the next move?

They can hold a special election in two months, but how do they change the minds of enough voters?

This is what climate change looks like in the state Senate

Since regaining the majority, Democrats have five noticeable developments on their to-do list.

Ex-lawmaker Scott to take on newly appointed GOP senator

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, serves in the 39th Legislative District.

GOP renews push to reform ‘out of control’ Sound Transit

Republicans want lower taxes and a reorganized transit agency, but Democrats are in the driver’s seat.

5 counties warned state about salmon-farming back in 2012

State officials were unfazed — until last summer’s accidental release of up to 260,000 non-native fish.

Q&A: State House speaker on taxes, death penalty, harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

House passes car tab fees fix, bill goes to Senate

As envisioned, Sound Transit would have to give car owners credits or refunds.

Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe.

Do we need the death penalty? Testimony split in Olympia

The voter-approved law has been on the books since 1981. The governor has been issuing reprieves.

Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe.

Water-use bill passage makes way for overdue capital budget

A lot of the money will to go to housing, schools and projects in Snohomish County and statewide.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.