Jerry Cornfield

State soon will know number of oil tank cars shipped through area | Cornfield

By the end of this week, Washington will learn how often tank cars of oil siphoned from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are getting shipped through the state.

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.

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.

Will Inslee wield veto pen? | Cornfield

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepares to sign a revised state budget, he’s getting pressed to veto a few of its provisions.

Oso mudslide coverage not easy | Cornfield

You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked.

A nine-month breather for Inslee | Cornfield

No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee.

What did legislators do this session? | Cornfield

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

The Boeing ‘flu’ taking its toll | Cornfield

More than the usual exchange of cold and flu germs occurred among lawmakers this session.

Fully funding state schools will take more than one meeting | Cornfield

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves once again falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to cure the real and perceived ailments of the state’s public schools.

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.

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.

Governor puts education, taxes back on Legislature’s table | Cornfield

Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to raise money for schools by closing tax breaks put the education funding debate back in the laps of lawmakers this week and in the conversation with voters this fall.

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.

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.

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.

I-517 defeat may have cost Tim Eyman more than pride | Cornfield

Tim Eyman may wind up losing more from this month's election than just an initiative.

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.

Big changes on the horizon following election | Cornfield

With the curtain all but closed on the fall election, Democrats will turn their attention to filling two jobs critically important for the political party’s future in Olympia and throughout the state.

Partisan fight feeds campaign coffers | Cornfield

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

Halsey, the most important man in public education | Column

Joshua Halsey is about to become one of the most important people in public education in Washington.