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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.