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

Time will tell on Gov. Inslee’s next political moves | Guest Column

No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee. They departed and won’t return until January, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Ethics Board looks at fine line around lobbyist meetings | Petri Dish

Amid the dialectic contours in Olympia, they are trying to figure out if influence can be peddled with a few bags of Doritos or a $12 meal.

Inslee seems to be test-driving messages | Guest Column

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. Inslee’s plan to generate $200 million in new taxes by eliminating or revising seven exemptions is a slimmed down version of the billion-dollar plus tax package rejected by a Republican-led majority in the Senate a year ago.

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.

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.