Jerry Cornfield

Hump Day in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

March 5 was Hump Day in the 2015 legislative session, day 53 of 105, after which lawmakers adjourn. At least that’s their hope. Here are five landmarks of the Olympia session thus far and the road ahead.

Transportation plan on the way | THE PETRI DISH

Any day now the state Senate will be voting on a plan to raise the gas tax and car tab fees in order to pay for billions of dollars in transportation projects.

Rubber about to hit the road on Senate transportation package | THE PETRI DISH

The wait is nearly over. Senate Republicans, after two years of avoidance, are putting the final touches on a multibillion-dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.

Test scores will haunt lawmakers again this year | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.

Election issues get a close look in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

Lawmakers are looking at ways to make the election process cheaper for voters, easier to see who is funding campaigns and harder to run initiatives with financial consequences.

Inslee to take a different tack this session | THE PETRI DISH

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is approaching the upcoming session of the Legislature “very differently” than he did in his first two years as the state’s chief executive.

More laws on the political horizon | THE PETRI DISH

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.

A D.C. Christmas | THE PETRI DISH

Tis two days after session and all through the Dome, not a member is working since they all have gone home ...

Gun owners plan to defy I-594 at protest in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

Chris Erickson describes himself as “your typical gun owner who wants to be left alone.”

Residential areas rebel against legal pot | THE PETRI DISH

When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry.

Inslee’s water quality standards cause a panic | THE PETRI DISH

For months, there’s been a drumbeat of panic that new water quality standards based on how much fish people eat could drive Boeing and other companies out of Washington.

Cities, counties keep eyes on pot money | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical.

Political punt means Inslee will fill empty House seat | THE PETRI DISH

It was not the case Monday that the Snohomish County Council could not decide which of three Republican gentlemen should temporarily occupy an empty seat in the state House of Representatives.

Olympia lawmakers show deftness at recycling | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — The battle for legislative seats this fall will be fought in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations recycled from the campaigns of incumbent lawmakers.

Washington’s big guns come out for I-594 | THE PETRI DISH

Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again.

Big backing behind DelBene, background checks | THE PETRI DISH

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress.

Eyman comes up short this time | THE PETRI DISH

Rarely can the lack of action trigger so much reaction as it did last week when Tim Eyman didn’t do something he so often does — turn in signatures for an initiative.