Jerry Cornfield

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

Guest opinion: Dems have misses, hits with Olympia legislative agenda

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Inslee looking to close out session on high note

Jay Inslee looks to be enjoying his best legislative session as governor. By the time it wraps up, the Democratic governor should get 15 of… Continue reading

Data privacy legislation withers in House

One of the most intriguing dramas at this point in the legislative session revolves around a bill putting new rules in place regarding data privacy… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Dems in charge in Olympia, but GOP is helping steer debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

Guest opinion: What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages