Jerry Cornfield

Ferguson File not completely full | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s latest newsletter of legal wins and political initiatives arrived by email last week.

Clock is ticking in governor’s race | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — Republican Bill Bryant is running out of time in his quest to become Washington’s next governor.

An interesting aside | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — It was the sort of loose locution one might reflexively associate with Republican Donald Trump this election season.

Waiting for the Supreme reaction | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — In advance of Wednesday’s hearing on school funding, Washington Supreme Court justices had posed many questions that state attorneys told them couldn’t be answered yet.

Style Over Substance | THE PETRI DISH

EVERETT — It took Donald Trump nearly four minutes to enter Xfinity Arena, make his way to the podium and greet thousands of screaming fans congregated on the floor and seated throughout the building.

Fishy happenings in the state capital | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — The state is about to get new standards for water quality calibrated in part on how much fish we eat. The question is which version?

The Trump train heads to Washington | THE PETRI DISH

It’s a pretty safe bet Donald J. Trump will lose in the state of Washington this November. It’s a pretty sure one he’ll get walloped in the city of Seattle.

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.