Jerry Cornfield

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.

Lawmakers may be facing last chance to price carbon their way

Because groups that view carbon tax as a preferred weapon against climate change are joining forces.

Lots to do in 60 days as state lawmakers open their session

Democrats have a two-vote majority in the House (50-48) and a one-vote edge in the Senate (25-24).

Sedro-Woolley mayor chosen to fill vacant state Senate seat

Keith Wagoner will need to run, and win, in this year’s election if he wants to continue serving.

Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year

Mukilteo’s purveyor of initiatives saw his causes foiled and his political influence jeopardized.

Who gets Kirk Pearson’s state Senate seat? We did some math

The 39th District covers swaths of rural Snohomish and Skagit counties, and a sliver of King County.

Rogue electors are undeterred by their latest legal setback

Each had signed a pledge to support the Democratic nominee when they were chosen by peers.

No capital budget means no jobs for 52 state workers

If the March deadline isn’t met, as many as 300 more employees could be out of work.

Judge bottles up Inslee’s much touted clean air rule

Democratic lawmakers could help by proposing new regulations to be imposed on carbon polluters.

Wildlife, guns and property taxes are on the agenda in 2018

State lawmakers are pre-filing bills they hope to pass in the 2018 legislative session.

Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.

Candidates for appointment to the 39th District state Senate seat. From left: Georgene Faries, Elizabeth Scott and Keith Wagoner.

GOP nominates 3 to fill vacant seat in state Senate

A special meeting to make the appointment is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

Candidates for appointment to the 39th District state Senate seat. From left: Georgene Faries, Elizabeth Scott and Keith Wagoner.

Agency lays out the pros, cons of legalizing home marijuana

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board does not recommend which path to take for home growing.

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions

You can still bring a gun to the House gallery, though.

Hans Dunshee lands new political gig in the nation’s capital

The ex-county and state lawmaker is now political director for the national Humane Society.

Sen. Hobbs gets a key role in state transportation policy

The Lake Stevens Democrat will chair the Senate Transportation Committee.

Five Republicans seeking open state Senate seat

Kirk Pearson resigned earlier this month to accept a job in the Trump administration.

Mayoral candidates Judy Tuohy (left), at a National Night Out event in Everett, and Cassie Franklin (right) celebrating the primary election night in Everett, on Aug.1. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

198 votes and 7 reasons may help explain Everett mayor’s race

The historic election had it all, from a lackluster party to a spoiler candidate to a bad headline.

Mayoral candidates Judy Tuohy (left), at a National Night Out event in Everett, and Cassie Franklin (right) celebrating the primary election night in Everett, on Aug.1. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.