Jerry Cornfield

Things Go As Hoped | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Whew. Last Tuesday’s primary marked the electoral debut of VoteWa and the sparkling new statewide election management system didn’t crash nor suffer a… Continue reading

 

Tough Month for Eyman | The Petri Dish

Contrary to the customary exuberance expressed in his emails, Tim Eyman isn’t having a very good month. Washington’s pioneering initiative barker — whose financing creativity… Continue reading

 

‘Full Faith’ For Now | The Petri Dish

The men and women responsible for running elections in Washington’s 39 counties are nervous that something, or several, will go awry with the Aug. 6… Continue reading

 

Busy year for the Legislature | The Petri Dish

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

Hold on a minute | The Petri Dish

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

Inslee Packs One-Two Punch | The Petri Dish

In the final round of bill signing Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee unleashed a one-two combo of executive power the likes of which state lawmakers had… Continue reading

Thanks may come later | The Petri Dish

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

Joy and smiles at the end of it all | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 Legislative Session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no… Continue reading

Best session ever for Inslee | The Petri Dish

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

Fasting for the orcas | The Petri Dish

At nearly noon, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up beach chair in the chilly shade of the state Capitol dome with no intention of relocating… Continue reading

Clock ticking in Olympia | The Petri Dish

It’s the home stretch of the 2019 Legislative Session. With a month to go, Democrats are looking to use their majorities in the House and… Continue reading

Billions more to spend | The Petri Dish

Let the budget games begin. Lawmakers learned Wednesday how much the state is expected to collect in taxes during the next two-year budget cycle. It’s… Continue reading

Democrats eyeing need for higher taxes | The Petri Dish

Even with a robust economy, the majority party may seek more revenue to carry out its wish list. Democratic legislative leaders are gearing up for… Continue reading

Years in the Making | The Petri Dish

In the next few days, state lawmakers will pass a bill to ensure that police are trained to use deadly force only when it’s unavoidable,… Continue reading

Test driving an anthem | The Petri Dish

Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address Tuesday. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might have been… Continue reading

Male-only No More | The Petri Dish

Frank Chopp’s reign as speaker of the state House of Representatives will end soon. The Seattle Democrat, the longest serving speaker in state history and… Continue reading

Inslee Revives Old Tax Idea | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — An old idea for boosting tax receipts is getting revived and repurposed for 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee is suggesting a new way of… Continue reading

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 Session | The Petri Dish

Know this motorcycle owners, soju drinkers and gun buyers: There are lawmakers trying to make your life a little easier. With the 2019 Session rapidly… Continue reading

Big week for Gov. Inslee | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Can a little known thoroughbred from the Pacific Northwest capture the 2020 derby of Democratic presidential candidates? It sure looks like Jay Inslee… Continue reading

Election reveals winners, losers | The Petri Dish

A surge in voter interest, a swell in the ranks of Democratic state lawmakers and a spendy bunch of contests marked the 2018 Election. As… Continue reading