Jerry Cornfield

Stage set for tough talk | THE PETRI DISH

On Wednesday, right about the time beach volleyballer Kerri-Walsh Jennings hopes to be capturing gold in the Rio Olympics, the two men vying to be Washington’s next governor are scheduled to hold their first debate in Spokane.

Notes from the Primary | THE PETRI DISH

As ballot counting continues in the 2016 Primary, here are a few story lines emerging from the results already in hand.

Imagine once again | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — As Republicans gathered in Cleveland last week, I imagined what GOP leaders might dish out against Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee had the subject of his re-election been on the convention menu.

Imagine this | THE PETRI DISH

Taking a cue from the Grand Old Party’s four-day fete in Cleveland, consider the case Republican leaders in this state might make against Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee if given a convention pulpit from which to prosecute.

Superintendent of Public Instruction may not hold off for much longer | THE PETRI DISH

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don’t get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries.

Inslee accused of ‘greenwashing’ | THE PETRI DISH

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s strategy as a warrior for the environment is once again coming under fire from other fighters in the environmentalist movement.

Bathroom battle moves east | THE PETRI DISH

The next round in the battle on access to public bathrooms will be waged Thursday in Yakima.

Last piece not in place for the big debate | THE PETRI DISH

If you’ve never tried to pull off a debate, it’s hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

Bryant tries to hide from Trump’s shadow | THE PETRI DISH

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year’s race for governor in Washington.

The Donald is heading our way | THE PETRI DISH

Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination and Washington is one of his next stops.

Missed opportunity for state Republicans | THE PETRI DISH

Republican state senators didn’t fire Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner when they had the chance.

Parting paths on charter schools | THE PETRI DISH

Gov. Inslee was hanging out with his pals from the Washington Education Association a recent Saturday morning when the subject of charter schools came up.

Unfinished business | THE PETRI DISH

Time to catch up on a couple pieces of unfinished business around here. Let’s begin with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Eight in the race so far | THE PETRI DISH

Why are so many people running to become Washington’s next lieutenant governor?

Mistakes were made, and heads rolled | THE PETRI DISH

A report due out as early as Thursday could reveal why the state continued to free inmates early, by mistake, even after workers in the Department of Corrections learned it was happening in late 2012.

A mild surprise in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

Having completed debates on the use of toilets and taxes, the Republican majority in the state Senate directed their attention Tuesday to a top item on this session’s to-do list — education.

Silent protest before the State of the State | THE PETRI DISH

Minutes before Gov. Jay Inslee gave his State of the State address Tuesday, the leader of Washington’s public school system delivered a message of his own.

Challenges lie ahead for Inslee’s new campaign | THE PETRI DISH

Gov. Jay Inslee is beginning the last year of his first term with every expectation of winning re-election in November.

I-732 advances amid friendly fire | THE PETRI DISH

A not-so-funny thing happened on the long march to save Washington from the damaging undulations of climate change. A fight broke out among the warriors.

School funding plan? See you next year | THE PETRI DISH

Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task this year.