Jerry Cornfield

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

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

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s amendments to restore deductions, that the bill does away with, were rejected.

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial

Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

Whether cheers or jeers, DeVos appearance will rouse spirits

Trump’s secretary of education is coming to Bellevue to raise money for a pro-business think tank.

Hey Amazon, Bothell is the place for your 2nd headquarters

However, the company has a few requirements that seem to exceed what Snohomish County could deliver.

Now you can take the bus to more places more often

Community Transit’s 68 new trips include Paine Field, Boeing, Bothell, UW and downtown Seattle.

After a 2-year trial, are I-405’s toll lanes here to stay?

Lawmakers will decide whether to keep them or end the experiment and try something else.

All politics is local politics | Cornfield

There is no shortage of subjects that candidates for local offices can debate in their campaigns this fall. Don’t expect President Donald J. Trump to… Continue reading

Breaking down Washington’s new distracted driving law | Cornfield

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

Relief from car tab fees runs into legislative jam | Cornfield

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car tab fees.… Continue reading

A special session is coming in Olympia | Cornfield

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff… Continue reading

Lawmakers continue to negotiate on budget and school funding | Cornfield

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with a nod… Continue reading

House Democrats want to rejigger the real estate excise tax | Cornfield

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

Sound Transit to meet with Snohomish, King and Pierce counties tomorrow | Cornfield

OLYMPIA — 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

Electors to contest fines for not voting for Clinton | Cornfield

OLYMPIA — 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

Bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants remove cap on property tax increases | Cornfield

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