Jerry Cornfield

With Inslee on vacation, Republicans regroup for 2016 | Column

Gov. Jay Inslee is enjoying a two-week vacation hiking in Alaska probably thinking little about a second term.

The session that would never end is still not over | Cornfield

For six months – officially 168 days and counting on Thursday – the state’s 147 citizen legislators and chief executive have been passing policies and playing politics.

Did the State Supreme Court mean what it said for school funding? | Cornfield

Imagine the domed state Capitol as a classroom, with 147 state lawmakers as students, and you may get a better picture of the challenge facing Washington’s Supreme Court this summer.

Bill would allow more ads on government websites | Cornfield

Thousands of times every day someone visits the websites for the state’s parks system and lottery and flips through several online pages.

Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan will text Sen. Patty Murray his decision | Cornfield

These days, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray isn’t surprised to get a text from the man who may be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

News and notes on AG and legislature | Cornfield

Time to catch up on a couple pieces of unfinished business around here.

Why voters put the kibosh on food labeling | Cornfield

Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it.

Schools funding bill may exclude raises for teachers

With lawmakers set to pour as much as $1 billion more into public schools, Senate Republicans want to make sure most of it doesn’t wind up in the pockets of teachers in the form of pay raises.

State government attempts to get past rhetoric to a transportation plan | Cornfield

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican Sen. Curtis King may have set down their poison pens but are no closer to forging agreement on a transportation funding package.

Report on why the state released inmates due out soon | Cornfield

A report due out as early as Thursday could reveal why the state continued to free inmates early, by mistake, even after workers in the Department of Corrections learned it was happening in late 2012.

Lessons learned at Oso disaster | Cornfield

That venerable adage ‘It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it’ came to mind Tuesday as President Barack Obama departed the Oso firehouse.

New legislative session means more laws | Cornfield

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.

A changing of the guard in Snohomish County is worth a lot to one family | Cornfield

Voters sent Dave Somers packing in 2001 after one term on the Snohomish County Council in part because pro-development forces made the Democrat’s environmentalism a negative.

Eyman’s latest initiative fails to get enough support | Cornfield

Rarely can the lack of action trigger so much reaction as it did this month when Tim Eyman didn’t do something he so often does — turn in signatures for an initiative.

Voters will decide the fate of Initiative 732 | Cornfield

A not-so-funny thing happened on the long march to save Washington from the damaging undulations of climate change.

Snohomish County Council decision could ignite political fire storm | Cornfield

The decision by Democratic state Rep. Hans Dunshee to seek a Snohomish County Council seat could help catapult Republicans into the majority in the House next fall.

What does a typical work day look like for school teachers | Column

Those wondering what public school teachers do all day are going to get an answer.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction focuses on improvement | Cornfield

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn doesn’t want to use the word “failing” when talking about Washington’s public schools.

Lawmakers wont complete school funding plan this year | Cornfield

Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task this year.

Looking back: The failings and falterings of Inslee and the Legislature | Editorial

Now that the interminable journey of Washington’s 147 lawmakers is over, what is remarkable is how predictable everything turned out.