Jerry Cornfield

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.

Replacement process for empty seats may be legally indefensible | Guest Column

When Everett Democrat Nick Harper abandoned his state Senate seat earlier this month, you might have thought voters would be the ones to pick his replacement. You’d have been right 100 years ago. Not today. Washington’s original state constitution required that special elections be held to fill vacancies in the House or Senate. A change enacted in 1929 shifted the state to an appointment process and put county councils in charge of finding suitable successors from any political party.

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.

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.

The Petri Dish | Guest Columnist

There is no mystery which Democrat will succeed Sen. Paull Shin in the state Senate. Rep. Marko Liias has been the only person seeking the vacancy created when Shin resigned Jan. 7 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Liias is expected to be formally nominated Saturday by Democratic precinct committee officers in the 21st Legislative District and officially appointed Tuesday by the Snohomish County Council.

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.

Years after Metcalf, district may get a Republican vote | Guest Column

It’s been 33 years since voters chose a Republican governor in Washington. It’s been even longer since a member of the Grand Old Party got elected from the 38th Legislative District to the state House of Representatives. You have to go back half a century to find the last one — Jack Metcalf, a Whidbey Island Republican who won a House seat when the district’s boundaries encompassed parts of Snohomish and Island counties.

Initiative 522 campaign lacked urgency | Guest Column

Initiative 522 failed to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it. All those bucks certainly made a difference; it was the most money ever spent against an initiative in state history, so far. Had those pushing the food labeling initiative done a better job seeding their message throughout the state and tilling the fields of voters, they could have harvested victory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?