Jerry Cornfield

Gov. Inslee’s attempt to make ends meet | The Petri Dish

EVERETT — Writing the next state budget is going to be a taxing experience. Figuratively and actually. That’s the distinct impression Gov. Jay Inslee left… Continue reading

 

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials | The Petri Dish

Are the 147 members of the Legislature in line for a raise? Should the salaries of judges in Washington be on par with the pay… Continue reading

 

He’s not on the ballot but Inslee is campaigning like it | The Petri Dish

Gov. Jay Inslee’s name isn’t on the ballot in November. But he is raising and spending more money than just about everyone who is vying… Continue reading

 

Ballots still arrive late for many | The Petri Dish

Even with the postage paid, thousands of Washington voters didn’t get their ballots in on time for the August primary. Collectively, auditors rejected 17,167 ballots… Continue reading

A much unwanted victory | The Petri Dish

A much-divided state Supreme Court blew up an unusual compromise when it concluded that Initiative 940, which would rewrite Washington law on the use of… Continue reading

Supreme Court review is next | The Petri Dish

The fate of a sweeping gun control ballot measure is in the hands of the state Supreme Court and everything should work out fine for… Continue reading

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