Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.