Jerry Cornfield

Guest opinion: Car tab issue may be back on table

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

 

Guest column: Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found.

 

New law on police use of deadly force was three years in the making

Legislators about to pass a bill that will permit officers to kill only in ‘good faith’

 

Guest Opinion: Inslee’s State of the State zeros in on climate change — again

“Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address on Jan. 15. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Next House Speaker will be a woman

Frank Chopp’s reign as speaker of the state House of Representatives will end soon. The Seattle Democrat, the longest serving speaker in state history and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Significant portion of legislative spotlight falls on Sound Transit

Sound Transit should count on getting a share of attention from state lawmakers in the upcoming session. Car tab relief is one topic. How directors… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Inslee touts revived, reformed, repurposed tax plan

An old idea for boosting tax receipts is getting revived and repurposed for 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee is suggesting a new way of assessing the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State Sen. floats carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is hiking solo on what seems an impossible mission. The Lake Stevens Democrat is trying to stitch together political support for… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 session

In an annual rite, lawmakers are already putting bills in the hopper they want to debate next year. With the 2019 session rapidly approaching, lawmakers… Continue reading

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