Jerry Cornfield

Restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and other indoor business activities will be able to operate at 50% capacity when the state moves to Phase 3 of the reopening plan on March 22. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Moving to Phase 3: Fans in stadiums and more indoor dining

Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.


Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.


Ron Muzzall

Muzzall captures Senate seat as Price Johnson concedes

The contest in the 10th District emerged as one of the year’s most expensive electoral battles


Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.

As ballots are counted, three legislative races tighten

Democrats Paul, Homola and Price Johnson saw their leads shrink in a trio of 10th District races.

Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.

The Petri Dish: Yes, lawmakers did raise a lot of fees and taxes

State lawmakers outdid themselves this year in the assortment of ways they chose to extract more bucks from you, your neighbor, and even your friends… Continue reading

The Petri Dish: Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles and, for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

The Petri Dish: Face-recognition bill fails to meet deadline to advance in state House

One of the most intriguing dramas at this point in the legislative session revolves around a bill putting new rules in place regarding data privacy… Continue reading

Sound Off: Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

It’s the home stretch of the 2019 legislative session. With a month to go, Democrats are looking to use their majorities in the House and… Continue reading

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