Jerry Cornfield

Jerry posted 43 stories to Bellevue Reporter.
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Lawmakers, governor get a raise unless 129,811 people object | The Petri Dish

State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee will get a raise this fall…

  • May 26th, 2017 5:11pm

Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education | The Petri Dish

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision.…

  • Feb 17th, 2017 12:30pm

Vows to end I-405 tolls: Was it all just campaign talk?

Eliminating the express toll lanes on I-405 was a popular pledge of…

  • Jan 24th, 2017 1:30pm

Inslee unveils plan to fully fund education with $5B in new and higher taxes

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a $46.7 billion budget proposal Wednesday…

  • Dec 15th, 2016 11:45am

It’s a popular job: 8 aspire to be lieutenant governor | The Petri Dish

Why are so many people running to become Washington’s next lieutenant governor?

  • Mar 11th, 2016 12:24am

Another test-score battle begins

Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 6:53pm

New legislative session means more laws| Jerry Cornfield

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws. A lot more laws.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 1:28am

The anti I-594 backers reload | Jerry Cornfield

Some of those opposed to I-594, the initiative that imposed restrictions on guns, will be in Olympia on Saturday to protest the law. But not all gun advocates agree with their approach.

  • Dec 11th, 2014 7:16pm

Lawmakers get donations from opponents | Jerry Cornfield

The votes are counted, but contributions continue flowing to participants in this year’s election.

  • Dec 4th, 2014 2:53pm

Democrats trying to figure out why I-594 didn’t help them | Jerry Cornfield

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.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 12:41am

Commission wants to know when to end tax breaks | Jerry Cornfield

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:

  • Oct 23rd, 2014 5:45pm

Cities, counties staging marijuana rebellion | Jerry Cornfield

There’s a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry. Elected leaders of at least 41 cities and three counties have enacted prohibitions against wholesale and retail cannabis operations.

  • Oct 21st, 2014 2:40am

Marijuana millions getting close look | Jerry Cornfield

The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical. Washington’s chief economist predicts the legal recreational market will generate $636 million for the state through the middle of 2019.

  • Sep 25th, 2014 10:41pm

Celis hopes new staffers can help unseat DelBene for Congress

Republican Pedro Celis needs a spark for his congressional campaign and hopes it will come from two men who helped a Tea Party-backed candidate unseat U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

  • Sep 8th, 2014 3:36am

I-594 backers are loaded for campaign

Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again.

  • Sep 1st, 2014 12:58am

I-594 backers are loaded for campaign

Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again.

  • Sep 1st, 2014 12:58am

Things beginning to heat up in election races, issues | Jerry Cornfield

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress. Now, plenty of others are spending their dough to keep her there for another term.

  • Jul 17th, 2014 4:49pm

Eyman’s effort gets a ‘no’ | Jerry Cornfield

Rarely can the lack of action trigger so much reaction as it did last week when Tim Eyman didn’t do something he so often does — turn in signatures for an initiative.

  • Jul 11th, 2014 11:00am

Inslee fishing for a solution | Jerry Cornfield

Finesse is a word rarely used to describe Gov. Jay Inslee’s approach to fashioning policy. Yet in the matter of setting water quality standards based on how much fish residents consume, Inslee has displayed a greater degree of forbearance than on any issue he’s publicly confronted.

  • Jun 27th, 2014 12:08am

How many lobbyist’s dinners are too many? | Jerry Cornfield

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.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 7:00pm

Republicans find an immigrant’s voice to run against DelBene for Contress | Jerry Cornfield

In an online video announcing his campaign for Congress, Pedro Celis acknowledges the audibly unmistakable: “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m the guy with the heavy accent.” Celis, a Republican from Redmond and native of Mexico, can’t hide it as he talks of why he wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., in the 1st Congressional District this November. DelBene is from neighboring Medina.

  • Jun 5th, 2014 5:06pm

Lessons learned at Oso disaster | Jerry Cornfield

That venerable adage ‘It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it’ came to mind Tuesday as President Barack Obama departed the Oso firehouse.

  • Apr 24th, 2014 9:44pm

Will Inslee wield veto pen? | Jerry Cornfield

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepares to sign a revised state budget, he’s getting pressed to veto a few of its provisions.

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 4:31pm

Some Oso answers can wait | Jerry Cornfield

You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked. Families are still the story of the Oso mudslide – and the other questions can wait.

  • Mar 30th, 2014 12:51am

A nine-month breather for Inslee | Jerry Cornfield

No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee.

  • Mar 20th, 2014 11:35pm

What legislators did this session | Jerry Cornfield

It is becoming clearer what new laws will emerge from the two-month legislative session.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 10:29pm

The Boeing ‘flu’ taking its toll | Jerry Cornfield

More than the usual exchange of cold and flu germs occurred among lawmakers this session. The Boeing version was particularly bad.

  • Mar 7th, 2014 12:03am

Governor’s death-penalty stance may hold for future

Jay Inslee endorsed the death penalty for his entire political career. But once the Democrat became governor and got his finger on the switch, he realized he couldn’t push it.

  • Feb 18th, 2014 9:49pm

Unanswered questions from 2013 | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

The year 2013 left a ration of questions to be answered in the course of 2014. Here is a sampling.

  • Jan 3rd, 2014 6:27pm

A legislative wish list | The Petri Dish

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January.

  • Dec 26th, 2013 8:04pm

Senate Majority Coalition still stirring things up

The Majority Coalition Caucus of the state Senate is turning one, and what an interesting year it’s been.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 1:20am

GMO initiative withered on the vine

Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it.

  • Nov 18th, 2013 1:18pm

Toss the bums out? Don’t get your hopes up | Jerry Cornfield

Hours into the partial unplugging of federal government, HappyClam was anything but joyous about the feat of the nation’s elected leaders.

  • Oct 21st, 2013 8:05pm

Boeing effort goes behind closed doors | Jerry Cornfield

Twelve Democratic and Republican state lawmakers will gather this morning in Seattle to continue formulating a strategy for convincing the Boeing Co. to assemble the 777X in Washington.

  • Oct 11th, 2013 5:33pm

When left-leaning isn’t left enough | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

Jean Berkey, the former Everett state lawmaker who died last month, was a nice lady. Like most in her caucus she leaned left on social issues. Unlike most, she leaned right on fiscal matters. And it became the target on her back.

  • Sep 20th, 2013 3:55pm

The whodunit that wasn’t | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

You can close the book on an allegation which captivated attention in the waning days of the 2012 congressional contest between Republican John Koster and Democrat Suzan DelBene. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t true.

  • Sep 12th, 2013 11:49pm

The battle for public records | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

Those looking for a more transparent government are increasingly relying on public records to make it happen.They hope the more documents they obtain the clearer their view of what’s really going on behind closed doors in school districts, city halls and county buildings.

  • Aug 26th, 2013 9:36pm

Can the GOP defeat the Democrats, and not themselves

Gov. Jay Inslee is enjoying a two-week vacation hiking in Alaska, probably thinking little about a second term. But a decision will be made in Spokane next week which could cause him havoc should he pursue re-election in 2016.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 3:54pm

Transportation plan may not be dead | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

There’s a slim chance an agreement could arrive on a state transportation budget in a special session this fall or in the 2014 session.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 10:49pm

What do teachers do? We’ll find out | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

Those wondering what public school teachers do all day are going to get an answer.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 4:00pm

New state teachers’ president sings same song | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

Those quietly hoping a new lead singer would change the sound of the state’s largest union of public school teachers are in for a disappointment. It hasn’t and it won’t.

  • Jul 12th, 2013 10:00pm

Legislature leaves Boeing up in air

If you are of a mind to deliver a one-finger salute at mention of lawmakers in a tortuous special session, imagine what those in the hallowed suites of The Boeing Co. are thinking as they keep watch on the endless proceedings.

  • Jun 27th, 2013 7:13pm

DelBene gets a taste of a different lifestyle | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

One of the newest members of the Millionaire Club in Congress is getting an idea this week of what it is like to be poor in America. Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who lives in Medina, is dining on a food stamp-sized budget, which the federal government calculates is about $4.50 a day or $30 a week per person.

  • Jun 20th, 2013 11:13pm