Jerry Cornfield

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

Guest opinion: State may be in the clear regarding McCleary funding

Is the end truly near in the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary? Democratic state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self of Mukilteo thinks so. “I’m pleased to… Continue reading

State budget talks produce late-session surprise

One of the bigger surprises of the just-completed legislative session occurred in the final hours when a Democrat-sponsored bill cutting the state property tax rate… Continue reading

Olympia could see significant changes in coming year

Voters will get a chance to really shake up membership in the state Legislature this fall, if they are so inclined. Possibilities for change abound… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State lawmakers looking to roll back their own tax increase

Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space: “This may… Continue reading

Guest column: Despite uncertainty, most school levies make the grade

Many state lawmakers may view what happened on Election Night (Feb. 13) as a sign they didn’t screw things up too badly for their local… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Washington Democrats are active following shift in power

There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority. A victory in a special election last fall put them… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Fish farm ban comes after years of political wrangling

Not long ago, some of the loudest political voices railing against the danger of farming Atlantic salmon in the waters of Puget Sound came from… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Carbon plan another salvo in state environmental battle

This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by making it… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Eyman eyes new challenges in 2018

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud in late December when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to… Continue reading

Gyest opinion: Gov. Inslee gets ‘lump of coal’ in clear air rule ruling

Twenty-seven months ago Gov. Jay Inslee set out to curb emission of carbon pollutants through a sweeping rewrite of the state’s clean air rules. In… Continue reading

Guest opinion: County leaders look to end unfunded mandates

Elected leaders of Washington’s 39 counties are fed up with lawmakers and governors telling them what to do without providing enough money to do it.… Continue reading

Shooting down weapons in the state Capitol

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: GOP tax plan under close scrutiny

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not every one, or nearly every… Continue reading