Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Lawmakers get donations from opponents | Jerry Cornfield

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

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.

I-594 backers are loaded for campaign

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

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.

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.

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.

What legislators did this session | Jerry Cornfield

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

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.

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.

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.

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.