Jerry Cornfield

Eyman: So much losing | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — 2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud last week when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures… Continue reading

Crushing blow for Inslee | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Twenty-seven months ago Gov. Jay Inslee set out to curb emission of carbon pollutants through a sweeping rewrite of the state’s clean air… Continue reading

Pushing back on unfunded mandates | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Elected leaders of Washington’s 39 counties are fed up with lawmakers and governors telling them what to do without providing enough money to… Continue reading

Banning guns in the gallery | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting… Continue reading

Shrinking benefits for those at the bottom | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not every one, or… Continue reading

Careful of the next step | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of… Continue reading

McCleary drama continues next Tuesday | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — When the legal battle on education funding returns to the state Supreme Court Tuesday, the leader of Washington’s public school system will be… Continue reading

Budget standoff leads to unplanned departures | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical… Continue reading

No big surprise here | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions,… Continue reading

Nonbinding advice | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax… Continue reading

Raging over new road rules | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use… Continue reading

Compromise deal proves elusive | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Wednesday arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. But by the… Continue reading

Agreement on state budget nears | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place Tuesday, sealed in Republican support for funding new state worker contracts.… Continue reading

School funding and tax debate continues as government shutdown nears | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Any day now lawmakers will reveal how they solved the McCleary Rubik’s Cube. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have spent months twisting and turning… Continue reading

Taking control of sessions gone amok | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Washington voters amended the state constitution in 1979 in hopes of bringing discipline to a legislating process run amok. Sixty percent of them… Continue reading

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