Jerry Cornfield

A tax change lawmakers can love? It’s now up to GOP

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial… Continue reading

Sound Transit board ponders car tab fury

This could be interesting. Thursday afternoon directors of Sound Transit will hold their regular monthly meeting in Seattle. It will be their first… Continue reading

The little bill that couldn’t is not quite back on track

Everyone understands the problem. No one opposes the solution. Yet today owners of 285 properties in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties still are… Continue reading

Talk of taxes and unions: Prelude to a political season

As the ruling majority in the state Senate, Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please.… Continue reading

Washington’s faithless electors are about to face the music

The next episode in a political drama sparked by President Donald Trump’s election will take place in a Tacoma office building Friday. There,… Continue reading

Political pragmatism blocks votes on death penalty, weapons

A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington. That’s what Attorney General Bob Ferguson wanted on the legislation he… Continue reading

More taxes needed for schools, but that’s where agreement ends

This may surprise you, but one thing legislative leaders and the governor agree on is that new taxes are needed to help cover… Continue reading

Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel… Continue reading

Legislature considers property tax increase to fund schools

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars… Continue reading

State Dems eyeing power shift after Trump hires GOP senators

In his first week, President Donald Trump is effecting quite a bit of change in the climate and landscape of Washington politics. His… Continue reading

Unlike some reps, Larsen and DelBene will attend inauguration

There may be a little extra elbow room for Democratic lawmakers at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. As many as 54 Democratic House members… Continue reading

School funding looms over lawmakers prepping for ‘marathon’

Time is running out on the 2017 Legislature. As of Wednesday, there are only 102 days remaining in the regular session, even less… Continue reading

GOP’s probe of Planned Parenthood ends, but fight continues

A politically contentious investigation by Congressional Republicans into the practices of Planned Parenthood and procuring of fetal tissue for research quietly concluded this… Continue reading

Politically speaking, our state proved fairly predictable

This wasn’t a very good year for many of the nation’s venerable pollsters and pundits as they got trumped by fake news and… Continue reading

Tina Podlodowski challenges state Democratic party chairman

A fierce fight is under way for the top leadership post of the Washington State Democratic Party. Jaxon Ravens’ bid for re-election as… Continue reading

This Everett member of the Electoral College might go rogue

If by some chance Alexander Hamilton could transport through time to the state Capitol… Continue reading

Anticipation grows over Inslee’s pending plan to fund schools

Officially, Gov. Jay Inslee’s second term doesn’t get underway for another month. Practically, it will begin next week when the Bainbridge Island Democrat is expected… Continue reading

Snohomish County voters rang up some interesting numbers

Voters in Snohomish County, give yourself a hand for a record-breaking performance in the 2016 election. More of you cast a ballot than in any… Continue reading

This election gave so many a darn good reason to be thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election… Continue reading

Evenly divided Legislature inspires hope for moderates

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle conversation as the approaching legislative session could be epic in its… Continue reading