Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

Koster allegations proven false from 2012 campaign against DelBene | Column

You can close the book on an allegation which captivated attention in the waning days of the 2012 congressional contest between Republican John Koster and Democrat Suzan DelBene. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t true.

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.

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.

Glimmer of hope for a transportation funding proposal | Column

Democrats in the state House of Representatives triggered quite a political storm this year with their plan to raise billions of dollars for transportation by, among other means, hiking the gas tax by a dime a gallon.