Jerry Cornfield

Guest opinion: Unexpected outcomes from 2020 legislative session

Guest opinion: Unexpected outcomes from 2020 legislative session

The 2020 regular legislative session is coming to a close. It didn’t unfold the way anyone thought it would, nor is it ending as any… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: As the deadline nears, state lawmakers face a few challenges

Guest opinion: As the deadline nears, state lawmakers face a few challenges

As state lawmakers in Olympia enter the final turn of the 2020 session, a few big tussles stand between them and the finish line March… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: This Boeing deal could have ‘clawbacks’ in the ‘snap-back’

Guest opinion: This Boeing deal could have ‘clawbacks’ in the ‘snap-back’

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers moved swiftly during a 2013 special legislative session to give the Boeing Co. a lengthy extension of tax incentives… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

With a third of the legislative session nearly gone, lawmakers are starting to focus on matters of most importance. Exactly what are those? With 1,341… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Legislative ‘wants’ and ‘needs’

Guest opinion: Defiant, determined Matt Shea poised for victory lap

Matt Shea can’t take a victory lap around the state Capitol quite yet. But the Republican representative from Spokane Valley can certainly start stretching his… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard

Guest opinion: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard

Gov. Jay Inslee badly wants a clean fuels standard in Washington state. He came close nine months ago but legislation he embraced and House Democrats… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Inslee continues pursuit of clean fuels standard
Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes

Another election chapter is in the books. But before it is catalogued with its predecessors, here are a couple of key questions ahead of a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Of ballot errors and ballot boxes
Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill

Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill

Stuck on what gifts to give Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Republican state senators this holiday season? Consider one present they can unwrap together: an… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Lt. Gov., Republican senators could use some holiday goodwill
Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process

Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process

What will you feel when the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald J. Trump? Relief, satisfaction, frustration, anger? Maybe nothing at all?… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Political lines drawn in Trump impeachment process
Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining

Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining

In late June 2017, with a partial shut down of government looming, Gov. Jay Inslee reached a deal guaranteeing lawmakers a chance to influence future… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Legislators miss chance to give guidance to state collective bargaining
Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long. Tim Eyman, the initiative impressario, political provacateur and human heartburn for a generation,… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020
Guest opinion: The socialists of Seattle

Guest opinion: The socialists of Seattle

When talking about Seattleites, it turns out it’s actually okay to call them Socialists. They are. Not every one of them. Based on results of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: The socialists of Seattle
Guest opinion: Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Guest opinion: Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Most ballots are counted but the fight over Initiative 976 is far from over. It’s just changing venues. The measure paring the cost of car… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure
Guest opinion: Sound Transit critics see ‘escape route’ in Initiative 976

Guest opinion: Sound Transit critics see ‘escape route’ in Initiative 976

In this election, critics of Sound Transit 3 are getting the do-over they’ve fervently sought. It’s called Initiative 976. Its presence on the Nov. 5… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Sound Transit critics see ‘escape route’ in Initiative 976
Guest opinion: Plenty of 2020 races, but little suspense

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: Plenty of 2020 races, but little suspense
Guest opinion: Lawmakers look to halt governor’s plan to reallocate state transportation funds

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: Lawmakers look to halt governor’s plan to reallocate state transportation funds
Guest opinion: Lawsuit splits political partners

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: Lawsuit splits political partners
Guest opinion: Gov. Inslee passes up a chance to confront corporate ‘blackmail’

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: Gov. Inslee passes up a chance to confront corporate ‘blackmail’
Guest opinion: Spokane legislator on the hot seat

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: Spokane legislator on the hot seat
Guest opinion: Budget veto has Gov. Inslee in hot water

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: Budget veto has Gov. Inslee in hot water