Jerry Cornfield

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

Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee flexes political muscle in drive for clean air legislation

In 2015, after another session without procuring a key weapon in his climate change fighting strategy, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee decided to get it done… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Resetting state view on helping those with substance abuse

In opioid epidemic, a lawmaker wants recovery to be on the same pedestal as treatment and prevention

Guest opinion: Dems may seek more revenue (taxes) for wish list

Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for one of the most challenging conversations this session: taxes. With control of the state House and Senate, their… Continue reading

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’