Jerry Cornfield

Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining

In late June 2017, with a partial shut down of government looming, Gov. Jay Inslee reached a deal guaranteeing lawmakers a chance to influence future… Continue reading

 

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long. Tim Eyman, the initiative impressario, political provacateur and human heartburn for a generation,… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: The socialists of Seattle

When talking about Seattleites, it turns out it’s actually okay to call them Socialists. They are. Not every one of them. Based on results of… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Most ballots are counted but the fight over Initiative 976 is far from over. It’s just changing venues. The measure paring the cost of car… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Sound Transit critics see ‘escape route’ in Initiative 976

In this election, critics of Sound Transit 3 are getting the do-over they’ve fervently sought. It’s called Initiative 976. Its presence on the Nov. 5… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Plenty of 2020 races, but little suspense

Nine of the most powerful political jobs in Washington will be filled by voters in 2020. We’re talking governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Lawmakers look to halt governor’s plan to reallocate state transportation funds

State lawmakers are butting heads with Gov. Jay Inslee over what they consider a misuse of executive power. Inslee is taking steps to divert $175… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Lawsuit splits political partners

A marriage of politically incongruous forces is in the throes of a nasty and potentially expensive public dissolution. And a bunch of bystanders with vested… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee passes up a chance to confront corporate ‘blackmail’

Jay Inslee had a chance recently to face his muggers. He didn’t show up. It would have been interesting to see if he’s ready to… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Spokane legislator on the hot seat

Nelson G. Robinson holds the ignoble distinction of being the first lawmaker expelled from the state House of Representatives. Matt Shea could be the second… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Budget veto has Gov. Inslee in hot water

When Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a 12-word sentence in the transportation budget in May, he knew what he was doing was without precedent in this… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Get ready for more advisory votes on tax bills

If you lost count of how many new and higher taxes state lawmakers passed this year, it was 12. And voters will get a chance… Continue reading

Guest opinion: New voting system holds up on election night

Whew. Tuesday’s (Aug. 6) primary marked the electoral debut of VoteWa and the sparkling new statewide election management system didn’t crash nor suffer a full-on… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State legislators find numerous routes to revenue

State lawmakers outdid themselves this year in the assortment of ways they chose to extract more bucks from you, your neighbor, and even your friends… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Next House speaker will make history

This month’s selection of a new speaker for the state House of Representatives may be the year’s most important contest for Democrats in Washington. Seattle… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee’s successors in holding pattern — for now

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepared to launch his campaign for president earlier this year, he had a request of three fellow Democrats he knew to… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Is state capital gains tax back on the table?

The resignation of Guy Palumbo from the state Senate gives progressive Democratic lawmakers a clearer path to a capital gains tax, one of the few… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Inslee’s budget may invite challenge from GOP

In the final round of bill signing on May 21, Gov. Jay Inslee unleashed a one-two combo of executive power the likes of which state… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State, federal leaders at odds over water

President Donald Trump is ready to give Washington the clean water rules its leaders requested. Did he get an ounce of gratitude when the Environmental… Continue reading

Guest opinion: House speaker stands down after 20-plus years

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington state’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited on Friday, May 3, from the seat… Continue reading