Jerry Cornfield

Jerry posted 50 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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The Petri Dish: Snohomish cowboy ready to take on ‘Sheriff Joe’ again

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready…

  • Sep 1st, 2017 2:24pm

Cornfield: Voters get chance to overturn property tax increase, bottled water tax

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing…

  • Aug 4th, 2017 1:01pm

Guest Column: Distracted driving law covers more than just cell phones

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s…

  • Jul 28th, 2017 1:45pm

Time out to further rural wells discussion

Last Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve…

  • Jul 21st, 2017 1:26pm

State panel proposing hike in ferry fares

A state panel took the first step to hiking fares on Washington…

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 3:37pm

Removing 1 percent tax cap could generate millions

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s…

  • Feb 3rd, 2017 3:12pm

Opinion column: Notable leaders have reasons to be thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us, we take a few moments to consider those…

  • Nov 28th, 2016 3:17pm

Election night was crazy, but some ballots are still to be counted — Jerry Cornfield

Wow. Tuesday was crazy. Unforgettable. Historic. Across the nation we consumed results…

  • Nov 19th, 2016 11:01am

Former Democratic foe endorses Barbara Bailey

Endorsement may spoil Democratics’ chances of retaking state Senate seat in Island County

  • Oct 10th, 2016 11:35am

Bailey says she doesn’t condone hit piece against rival

A Republican state senator from Oak Harbor has taken the uncommon step of publicly denouncing the way a Democratic opponent is shown in a mailer paid for with money raised by her GOP colleagues.

  • Aug 27th, 2016 4:00am

Trump wasting effort on Washington voters | The Petri Dish

It’s a pretty safe bet Donald J. Trump will lose in the state of Washington this November. It’s a pretty sure one he’ll get walloped in the city of Seattle.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 8:33pm

Governor candidates set for Wed. debate | The Petri Dish

Today, right about the time beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings hopes to be capturing gold in the Rio Olympics, the two men vying to be Washington’s next governor are scheduled to hold their first debate in Spokane.

  • Aug 16th, 2016 8:50pm

What we’ve learned during the primary | The Petri Dish

As ballot counting continues in the 2016 primary, here are a few story lines emerging from the results already in hand.

  • Aug 6th, 2016 12:00pm

The debate over public restrooms continues | The Petri Dish

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms will be waged Thursday in Yakima.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:04pm

Climate is shifting on huge tax breaks afforded Boeing Co. | The Petri Dish

The first time area aerospace machinists tried to claw back bits of Washington’s ginormous tax break to the Boeing Co., they found themselves up against national leaders of their union and the governor of the state. The next time, they won’t.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 9:56pm

GOP senators missed chance to fire Warner | Petri Dish

Republican state senators didn’t fire Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner when they had the chance.

  • Apr 5th, 2016 10:55pm

Time to see Democrats’ cards | The Petri Dish

Time to catch up on a couple pieces of unfinished business around here. Let’s begin with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

  • Mar 19th, 2016 10:00am

Race card, once used, cannot be unplayed | The Petri Dish

Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler says he regrets blurting “She’s racist” moments after his caucus ousted Lynn Peterson as the state’s transportation secretary.

  • Feb 16th, 2016 9:21pm

Budget impact up for debate with proposed fossil fuel tax initiative | Opinion

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

  • Jan 6th, 2016 12:13am

Tokitae insulation needs replaced

The state must tear out and replace soundproofing material on its two newest ferries because the U.S. Coast Guard is concerned it may cause excessive smoke and flames in the event of a fire.

  • Oct 27th, 2015 9:57pm

Debate over charter schools not over yet | The Petri Dish

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right. For years, backers of this privately run, publicly funded model of educating endured rejection by voters worried that diverting public dimes in this manner might sink the state’s school system.

  • Sep 15th, 2015 11:03pm

Presidential bid could be a win-win for Inslee | The Petri Dish

Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t making plans to run for president in 2016. But a onetime political adviser is making the case why Washington’s first-term Democratic governor should go to Iowa and try to win the caucuses — even if he doesn’t want the job.

  • Sep 5th, 2015 12:16am

Underfunded schools are also failing kids | The Petri Dish

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

  • Aug 21st, 2015 10:12pm

Inslee’s climate crusade lackluster at this point | The Petri Dish

These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomach ache — he can take.

  • Aug 1st, 2015 9:00am

State Auditor’s office free of Kelley ‘cloud’ | The Petri Dish

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome?

  • Jul 15th, 2015 11:00am

Flip flop on funding for WSP space creates quandary in Olympia | The Petri Dish

To lease or to own, that is the question. It has vexed state lawmakers for months as they consider moving the Washington State Patrol into new digs.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 8:32pm

Flip flop on funding for WSP space creates quandary in Olympia | The Petri Dish

To lease or to own, that is the question. It has vexed state lawmakers for months as they consider moving the Washington State Patrol into new digs.

  • Jun 27th, 2015 3:52am

Boeing bill switch may sway voters | Opinion

In the political crevice between “hail Mary” and “hell no” could be found the state House Finance Committee on March 13 sitting in judgment of an attempt to rewrite a 25-year agreement between the state and its largest private employer, the Boeing Co.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 10:48pm

New laws may mean changes in elections

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.

  • Jan 23rd, 2015 11:15pm

Democrats victims of their own inattention

Democrats are trying to sort out what went wrong in the election and why the presence of Initiative 594 on the ballot didn’t motivate more of their voters to turn out.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 9:23pm

End of every election cycle marks a new one

Around the state there are still votes to be counted and races to be decided, but here are a few takeaways from Tuesday’s election.

  • Nov 7th, 2014 11:18pm

Committee looking at Boeing accountability

A smart group of ordinary folks, entrusted to advise state lawmakers on the merit of tax breaks, has a suggestion regarding the jumbo incentives enjoyed by the Boeing Co. and the rest of the aerospace industry:

  • Nov 5th, 2014 12:07am

Washington cities rebel against rising pot industry

When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry.

  • Oct 17th, 2014 10:49pm

New water quality standards won’t hurt Boeing, state says

For months, there’s been a drumbeat of panic that new water quality standards based on how much fish people eat could drive Boeing and other companies out of Washington.

  • Oct 4th, 2014 10:00am

Washington state set to make smokin’ pot profits

The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical.

  • Sep 27th, 2014 10:00am

State’s wealthiest set sights on gun laws | The Petri Dish

Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again. Two years after their money helped make charter schools possible, the Ballmers, the Gateses and Nick Hanauer are using some of their loose millions to try to tighten gun laws in Washington.

  • Aug 30th, 2014 11:00am

Finesse may be better than force | The Petri Dish

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

  • Aug 12th, 2014 11:19pm

State’s initiative king lost his bling | The Petri Dish

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

  • Jul 12th, 2014 1:00pm

Letter highlights Washington’s failing schools | The Petri Dish

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

  • Jul 9th, 2014 11:00am

State representatives call for changes at state ferries

Washington’s newest ferry went into service Monday amid the concerns of two lawmakers that a flawed design is causing some vehicles to bottom out as they transition from ramps onto upper parking decks.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 10:19pm