Jerry Cornfield

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

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