Jerry Cornfield

Here we go again | The Petri Dish

The process of shutting down state government is under way, again. At the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee, agency leaders are updating their contingency plans… Continue reading

Third week, monumental inactivity | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Not a whole lot is going on around the Capitol these days as the first not-so-special session reaches the end of its third… Continue reading

Dumping Trump off the 2020 ballot | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Some Democratic lawmakers want to know if they can legally keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in Washington in 2020 if… Continue reading

See you at the ballot box | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — In the stack of bills awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature is what one supporter described as the “most progressive democracy measure” emerging… Continue reading

Get ready for overtime in Olympia | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The countdown to special session is under way. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists… Continue reading

A puzzle with more than a million pieces | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with… Continue reading

Ripe fruit on a rotten tree | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial… Continue reading

Republicans obsess over income taxes, unions | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — As the ruling majority in the state Senate, Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please.… Continue reading

Bill comes due for the faithless | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The next episode in a political drama sparked by President Donald Trump’s election will take place in a Tacoma office building Friday. There,… Continue reading

Vote never happens on death penalty law | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington. That’s what Attorney General Bob Ferguson wanted on the legislation he… Continue reading

Public schools: Who Should Pay More? | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — This may surprise you but one thing legislative leaders and the governor agree on is that new taxes are needed to help cover… Continue reading

Civic education is now the topic in Olympia | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel… Continue reading

Property tax cap is on the table | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars… Continue reading

Trump ripples reach Washington state | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — In his first week, President Donald Trump is effecting quite a bit of change in the climate and landscape of Washington politics. His… Continue reading

Room for more | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — There may be a little extra elbow room for Democratic lawmakers at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. As many as 54 Democratic House members… Continue reading

We’re already talking about a special session | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Time is running out on the 2017 Legislature. As of Wednesday, there are only 102 days remaining in the regular session, even less… Continue reading

Unpredictable at the national level, but here, not so much | Jerry Cornfield

This wasn’t a very good year for many of the nation’s venerable pollsters and pundits as they got trumped by fake news and fiery tweets.… Continue reading

Battle royale for Democratic Party | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — A fierce fight is under way for the top leadership post of the Washington State Democratic Party. Jaxon Ravens’ bid for re-election as… Continue reading

The disobedient one | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — If by some chance Alexander Hamilton could transport through time to the state Capitol Monday, it’d be to bear witness to the political… Continue reading

Inslee gets set for second term | The Petri Dish

Officially, Gov. Jay Inslee’s second term doesn’t get underway for another month. Practically, it will begin next week when the Bainbridge Island Democrat is expected… Continue reading