Jerry Cornfield

Court may decide $1 billion more for schools is not enough

Washington’s public schools are in line for a much-needed infusion of money from the state, but it may not be enough to get the Supreme Court to ease off lawmakers to do more.

The anti I-594 backers reload | Cornfield

Chris Erickson describes himself as “your typical gun owner who wants to be left alone.”

Things beginning to heat up in election races, issues | Cornfield

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress.

Marijuana profits getting a closer look by officials | Cornfield

The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical. Washington’s chief economist predicts the legal recreational market will generate $636 million for the state through the middle of 2019.

Sound Transit got all it asked for and more than it wanted | Cornfield

Sound Transit got all it asked for and more than it wanted from state lawmakers this year.

Legislators eyeing five bills on election process | Cornfield

Lawmakers are looking at ways to make the election process cheaper for voters, easier to see who is funding campaigns and harder to run initiatives with financial consequences.

The battle for public records | The Petri Dish

Those looking for a more transparent government are increasingly relying on public records to make it happen.They hope the more documents they obtain the clearer their view of what’s really going on behind closed doors in school districts, city halls and county buildings.

What did legislators do this session? | Cornfield

It is becoming clearer what new laws will emerge from the two-month legislative session.

Companies donate millions to defeat food labeling initiative I-522

Opponents of a food labeling initiative are gearing up to air their first television commercials in an ad campaign expected to cost millions of dollars and run up to Election Day in November.

Cap-and-trade bill still gasping for political life | Cornfield

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.

DelBene, Celis highlight differences in final debate at Micrsoft

In their final debate Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Republican challenger Pedro Celis didn’t break any new ground or exchange withering verbal punches.

Battle over I-1366 may not be over | Cornfield

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman.

Partisan fight feeds campaign coffers | Cornfield

Nothing feeds a politician’s campaign coffers quite like a good partisan fight.

Inslee can’t throw the switch | Cornfield

Jay Inslee endorsed the death penalty for his entire political career. But once the Democrat became governor and got his finger on the switch, he realized he couldn’t push it.

Preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers | Cornfield

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January.

Gov. Inslee is fishing for a solution | Cornfield

Finesse is a word rarely used to describe Gov. Jay Inslee’s approach to fashioning policy.

Letters still being sent for failing schools in Washington | Cornfield

Public schools are not just underfunded by the state as Washington’s Supreme Court has made abundantly clear.

Presidential primary puts parties in same old quandry | Cornfield

It is Washington’s quadrennial quandary. Every four years, the conversation starts anew on how to make this state’s presidential primary meaningful in the process of electing the nation’s next leader.

Unanswered questions from 2013 | Cornfield

The year 2013 left a ration of questions to be answered in the course of 2014. Here is a sampling.

Not everyone is happy with 405 toll lane changes

Not everyone is pleased the state is letting drivers use the I-405 express toll lanes for free at night and on weekends starting Friday.