Jerry Cornfield

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.

Inslee pushes for limits on carbon pollution emissions | THE PETRI DISH

Nothing like a few days away from the office to get one’s spirit rejuvenated and energy recharged. For Gov. Jay Inslee, it came in a trip to Paris, where he attended the international confab on climate change.

Murray comfortable on sidelines during House Speaker scrum | THE PETRI DISH

These days, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray isn’t surprised to get a text from the man who may be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bill continues to climb for Legislature | THE PETRI DISH

Fines are mounting against the state for not having a plan to ensure public schools are adequately funded.

Democrats reload for Inslee’s next opponent | THE PETRI DISH

The decision of state Sen. Andy Hill to not take on Gov. Jay Inslee in 2016 forced the Democratic Party attack machine to brake hard and return to the shop.

Charter school trouble | THE PETRI DISH

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right.

Gov. Jay Inslee and a presidential run | THE PETRI DISH

Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t making plans to run for president in 2016. But a onetime political adviser is making the case why Washington’s first-term Democratic governor should go to Iowa and try to win the caucuses – even if he doesn’t want the job.

Presidential talk in both Washingtons | THE PETRI DISH

Whether The Donald gets a chance to make good on his campaign’s Make America Great Again motto won’t be known for a seeming eternity.

Jay Inslee: America’s most frustrated governor? | THE PETRI DISH

These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomach ache — he can take.

Life under the cloud | THE PETRI DISH

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome?

Silence and gold in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

If silence is golden, a lot of wealth is stockpiled in the state Capitol, where lawmakers and the governor are mum on progress in reaching a deal on a new state budget.

Talk of a government shutdown gets things moving | THE PETRI DISH

There’s nothing quite like the threat of a government shutdown July 1 to infuse urgency into negotiations on a new state budget.

Early opponent for DelBene | THE PETRI DISH

One of Snohomish County’s most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.

Lawmakers have been lawbreakers on school finance | THE PETRI DISH

The way Washington pays for public schools is illegal. But there’s no simple fix, and school leaders worry that state lawmakers are considering potential remedies that might not be better and, in some cases, could be worse.

The vanishing auditor | THE PETRI DISH

It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington’s state auditor. It required only a few minutes Monday to erase nearly every scratch of evidence he is still in office.

Lawmakers in Olympia may get a raise | THE PETRI DISH

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years.

Washington state will sit out presidential primary | THE PETRI DISH

You know the quadrennial quandary in this state about how to make the presidential primary meaningful? There’s an answer for 2016: It won’t be, so it’s going to be canceled.

Pot may be on the ballot again come November | THE PETRI DISH

There’s a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall. This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in.

No fanfare expected for budget talk | THE PETRI DISH

There will be no pomp or ceremony today when Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sit down with the Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to talk budget.

Lawmakers will ask voters for reconsideration of class size initiative | THE PETRI DISH

Five months ago voters said they wanted smaller classes in Washington public schools. Seven months from now lawmakers want to ask them, "Did you really mean it?"