Jerry Cornfield

Use of deadly force bill unites factions that were once divided

To fully appreciate a peace accord reached this week on rewriting state law on the use of deadly force by police, consider the intensity of… Continue reading

 

Early net pen warnings came from Island, other counties

Early net pen warnings came from Island, other counties

 

Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to get… Continue reading

 

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the… Continue reading

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 to hitch up his spurs for another campaign. The ink had barely dried… Continue reading

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

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

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 riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

Time out to further rural wells discussion

Last Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the evening… Continue reading

State panel proposing hike in ferry fares

A state panel took the first step to hiking fares on Washington state ferries. The cost for vehicles would rise by 2.9 percent Oct. 1… Continue reading

Removing 1 percent tax cap could generate millions

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars to schools… Continue reading

Opinion column: Notable leaders have reasons to be thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election season. Gov.… Continue reading

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 as they arrived one projected state at a time, until the early evening… Continue reading

Former Democratic foe endorses Barbara Bailey

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GOP senators missed chance to fire Warner | Petri Dish

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