Jerry Cornfield

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

What’s at stake this election | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — You will be hard-pressed to find many in Washington who can’t wait until 8 p.m. Tuesday when voting will end and ballot counting… Continue reading

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.