Jerry Cornfield

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Washington also is considering becoming more significant by moving its primary to early March.

Signature of registered voter is a coveted commodity

The competitive nature of the initiative and referendum season now peaking in Washington.

Media, lawmakers search for peace on public records

With mediation on tap, questions remain as to who can objectively participate.

President, governor or retirement — only Inslee knows his plan

What we do know is that he’s off to Iowa in June to deliver the keynote address at a party fundraiser.

What Mukilteo teachers are saying makes sense but sounds bad

Public concern for teacher salaries may be steadfast, but patience for conflict is wearing thin.

Eyman to spend $500K of his own money on car-tab initiative

Lacking deep-pocketed donors this time, he says he’s willing to risk his own retirement money.

GOP defends its turf in Congress, gives incumbent Democrats a pass

Everett’s Rick Larsen is one of 6 state House Democrats who so far have no Republican challengers.

Gun rights advocates won the battle but may lose the war

New proposal tackles age requirements, background checks, firearms training, safe storage and more.

State will spend millions on task forces and reports

Here are eight undertakings that will incite possible action by lawmakers in the future.

As school-funding fight winds down, teachers want ‘big’ raises

How does 15 percent sound? School districts are bracing for potentially difficult negotiations.

‘Curmudgeon with a heart’: GOP stalwart Jim Donner dies at 79

He was a sharp-tongued insider of Republican politics in the county and state for half a century.

Inslee signs campaign finance bill

The legislation aims to make clearer for filers how to follow reporting rules and avoid mistakes.

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.