Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: