Jerry Cornfield

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.

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?