Jerry Cornfield

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

 

Guest opinion: Despite election wins, reasons for unease among state Democrats

Democrats went to bed last Tuesday confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

 

Guest Opinion: Plenty at stake in senate election, Hirst decision

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: DeVos’ Washington state visit expected to ruffle feathers

It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: All politics, as the saying goes, are local

There is no shortage of subjects that candidates for local offices can debate in their campaigns this fall. Don’t expect President Donald J. Trump to… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Advisory measures or half measures?

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Districted driving ban includes burgers and fries

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

Guest Opinon: Legislators are on the clock

Wednesday (July 19) arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. They will need… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: State contract bill helps firm up budget in Olympia

One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place on June 27, sealed in Republican support for funding new state worker contracts.… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: McCleary mystery continues in Olympia

Any day now lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have spent months twisting and turning the major… Continue reading

Cornfield: State lawmaking run amok

Washington voters amended the state constitution in 1979 in hopes of bringing discipline to a legislating process run amok. Sixty percent of them passed Senate… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Does a state government shutdown sound familiar?

The process of shutting down state government is underway, again. At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans for… Continue reading

Cornfield: State legislators quite productive prior to special session

Not a whole lot is going on around the Capitol these days as the first not-so-special session reached the end of its third week. Negotiations… Continue reading

Cornfield: Plenty of blame to go around for Olympia’s late decisions

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for a while among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative… Continue reading

Cornfield: Legislators leaning toward ‘not special’ session

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday (April 12) for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with… Continue reading

Cornfield: Debating the state’s death penalty stance

A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington. That’s what Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson wanted on the legislation he… Continue reading

Cornfield: Olympia wrestles with footing the bill for education

This may surprise you but one thing legislative leaders and the governor agree on is that new taxes are needed to help cover the state’s… Continue reading

Cornfield: More than McCleary on Olympia’s education agenda

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive… Continue reading

Cornfield: Legislators looking into property tax tweak for school funding

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars to schools… Continue reading