Jerry Cornfield

I-594 backers are loaded for campaign

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.