Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What legislators did this session | Jerry Cornfield

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.