Jerry Cornfield

WEA insists ‘the money is there’ | The Petri Dish

Teacher salaries are soaring as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge in… Continue reading

 

A modest approach | The Petri Dish

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

 

Washington’s mental health system is overwhelmed | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The state is paying millions of dollars a year in sanctions because it’s unable to evaluate the mental health competency of jailed defendants… Continue reading

 

A primary vote that matters | The Petri Dish

Washington may have a meaningful Presidential Primary in 2020. If it happens, Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul will be among those to thank. This week… Continue reading

Your signature is worth money | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The signature of a registered voter will be one of the most sought after political commodities in Washington in the next few weeks.… Continue reading

A slow-motion beginning | The Petri Dish

A bunch of folks at the William D. Ruckelshaus Center are waiting to help bring about detente in the public records battle between lawmakers and… Continue reading

President, governor or retirement – only Inslee knows his plan | The Petri Dish

The political machinery of Jay Inslee is in pretty much full operation these days. And it’s stirred up a spew of speculation on what Washington’s… Continue reading

Eyman’s running on faith, and his own money | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman is so convinced his latest initiative attack on car tabs is a winner, he’s tapping the one source of money he… Continue reading

Republican challenges are few | The Petri Dish

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen of Everett is getting his re-election campaign formally under way this week with events in communities throughout the 2nd District he’s… Continue reading

Deja vu all over again | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Gun rights activists and their legislative allies may have messed up again in their political calculations in Washington. They succeeded in blocking passage… Continue reading

Money to spend | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The state will expend a chunk of taxpayer dollars in the coming months searching for wolves in the south Cascades, assessing the need… Continue reading

Talk will turn to money | The Petri Dish

Washington public school teachers are ready to reap financial rewards from their long battle to increase state funding for education. Union leaders are making no… Continue reading

Two big surprises | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — One of the bigger surprises of the just-completed legislative session occurred in the final hours when a Democrat-sponsored bill cutting the state property… Continue reading

Compromise may have won out | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — To fully appreciate a peace accord reached this week on rewriting state law on the use of deadly force by police, consider the… Continue reading

More than a hundred seats on the line | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Voters will get a chance to really shake up membership in the state Legislature this fall, if they are so inclined. Possibilities for… Continue reading

Back to taxes | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space:… Continue reading

Something different in the air | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority. A victory in a special election last fall… Continue reading

Shaking future for fish pens | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Not long ago, some of the loudest political voices railing against the danger of farming Atlantic salmon in the waters of Puget Sound… Continue reading

Q&A with House Speaker Frank Chopp | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Since the turn of the century, no one’s dominated the legislating landscape quite like House Speaker Frank Chopp. In his reign, the Seattle… Continue reading

Back for another try | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by… Continue reading