Jerry Cornfield

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

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