Jerry Cornfield

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee eyeing a run at the White House

Can a little known thoroughbred from the Pacific Northwest capture the 2020 derby of Democratic presidential candidates? It sure looks like Gov. Jay Inslee is… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: A billion here, a billion there …

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms and other Capitol hangouts as it is the amount… Continue reading

 

General Election 2018: Winners, losers

A surge in voter interest, a swell in the ranks of Democratic state lawmakers and a spendy bunch of contests marked the 2018 election. As… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: State budget time? Be prepared for more taxes

Writing the next state budget is going to be a taxing experience. Figuratively and actually. That’s the distinct impression Gov. Jay Inslee left in a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Are state legislators in line for a raise?

Are the 147 members of the Legislature in line for a raise? Should the salaries of judges in Washington state be on par with the… Continue reading

He’s not on the ballot, but Gov. Inslee is campaigning like it

Gov. Jay Inslee’s name isn’t on the ballot in November. But he is raising and spending more money than just about everyone who is vying… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Paid postage designed to boost voter turnout

Even with the postage paid, thousands of Washington state voters didn’t get their ballots in on time for the August primary. Collectively, auditors rejected 17,167… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Critical days ahead for state GOP leaders

A column in three takes: Republicans will get a chance to choose the next state senator serving enclaves of liberals in north King County and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Dems topping GOP in primary election

The Grand Old Party endured a good old-fashioned butt-whupping on primary night. Now, Republican leaders in the Legislature must come up with a stunning counter-punch… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Teacher compensation is on the rise

Teacher salaries are soaring … as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Firearms and … warning labels?

Back in 1965, with mounting evidence of the ill effects of smoking, Congress decided every pack of cigarettes should come with a few words of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Washington state’s mental health system is overwhelmed

The state is paying millions of dollars a year in sanctions because it’s unable to evaluate the mental health competency of jailed defendants in a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Prep for ‘meaningful’ presidential primary

Washington state may have a meaningful presidential primary in 2020. If it happens, Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul will be among those to thank. Last… Continue reading

Guest opinion: The value of a petition signature

The signature of a registered voter will be one of the most sought after political commodities in Washington in the next few weeks. Those seeking… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Stall in public records showdown between legislators, media

A bunch of folks at the William D. Ruckelshaus Center are waiting to help bring about detente in the public records battle between lawmakers and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: President, governor or retirement, only Inslee knows his plan

The political machinery of Jay Inslee is in pretty much full operation these days. And it’s stirred up a spew of speculation on what Washington’s… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Eyman car tab effort a gamble

Tim Eyman is so convinced his latest initiative attack on car tabs is a winner, he’s tapping the one source of money he can count… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Initiative may restrict gun rights more than defeated proposal

Gun rights activists and their legislative allies may have messed up again in their political calculations in Washington. They succeeded in blocking passage of a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Eight hot-button topics for state lawmakers in 2018

The state will expend a chunk of taxpayer dollars in the coming months searching for wolves in the south Cascades, assessing the need for new… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Big bargaining year expected for state teachers

Washington public school teachers are ready to reap financial rewards from their long battle to increase state funding for education. Union leaders are making no… Continue reading