Jerry Cornfield

State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, was one of several Democrats asking Gov. Inslee to lift a ban on COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining. (Washington State Legislature photo)

Democrats ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining

They want to try to scaling back on occupancy before forcing an end to inside service

 

Inslee says schools in virus hot spots should stay closed

Inslee says schools in virus hot spots should stay closed

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee doesn’t want schools in the state’s coronavirus hot spots reopening this fall, but he stopped short Wednesday of ordering their… Continue reading

 

Democratic presidential elector Bret Chiafalo and two other Washington residents broke their pledge in 2016 to cast their Electoral College votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Supreme Court says state can punish WA faithless electors

Justices: Presidential electors, including Everett man, must keep pledge to back popular vote winner

 

Lawmakers thought Inslee’s veto went too far; they were right

Lawmakers thought Inslee’s veto went too far; they were right

Governor knew vetoing a single sentence in roads budget was unusual, a judge ruled it wasn’t legal

Lawmakers thought Inslee’s veto went too far; they were right
Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole

Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole

A new report issued June 17 shows a crushing drop in tax collections amid the COVID-19 pandemic could sap state reserves and leave the governor… Continue reading

Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole
State rules enable dental and medical practices to resume

State rules enable dental and medical practices to resume

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee cleared the way Monday for teeth cleanings, annual physicals and elective surgeries to resume throughout Washington. The governor issued much-anticipated… Continue reading

State rules enable dental and medical practices to resume
State to deploy brigade of contact tracers to box in virus

State to deploy brigade of contact tracers to box in virus

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the state is ready to deploy a “very highly trained” brigade of men and women to help… Continue reading

State to deploy brigade of contact tracers to box in virus
Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in

Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in

OLYMPIA — The state is dropping plans to require that customers provide their name and contact information when restaurants reopen for dining. “I think where… Continue reading

Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in
Supreme Court ponders state’s limits on presidential electors

Supreme Court ponders state’s limits on presidential electors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Supreme Court justices wrangled Wednesday with whether states can penalize presidential electors who vote their conscience rather than party, and the… Continue reading

Supreme Court ponders state’s limits on presidential electors
Supreme Court to weigh state’s actions against rogue electors

Supreme Court to weigh state’s actions against rogue electors

EVERETT — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of an Everett man and two others who contend presidential electors can,… Continue reading

Supreme Court to weigh state’s actions against rogue electors
As state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

As state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

OLYMPIA — An ominous new analysis warns the pandemic may deliver a multi-billion-dollar blow to state coffers as Gov. Jay Inslee continued Tuesday to slowly… Continue reading

As state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget
Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4

Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday mapped a course for reopening the state and reviving the economy — but cautioned that many restrictions related… Continue reading

Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4
State ready to free hundreds of prisoners amid COVID-19

State ready to free hundreds of prisoners amid COVID-19

OLYMPIA — The state could begin freeing hundreds of inmates from Washington prisons by the weekend as authorities move to protect inmates from COVID-19 by… Continue reading

State ready to free hundreds of prisoners amid COVID-19
Inslee signs order to free hundreds of nonviolent prisoners

Inslee signs order to free hundreds of nonviolent prisoners

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation and a commutation order Wednesday, clearing the way for the state to free up to 950 inmates,… Continue reading

Inslee signs order to free hundreds of nonviolent prisoners
Inslee: We are not close, yet, to lifting restrictions

Inslee: We are not close, yet, to lifting restrictions

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday spelled out conditions for bringing the state economy back online, as six statewide labor and business organizations presented… Continue reading

Inslee: We are not close, yet, to lifting restrictions
When life returns to normal, it won’t be the normal you knew

When life returns to normal, it won’t be the normal you knew

OLYMPIA — There’s every indication Washington is getting the upper hand in its battle against COVID-19, but don’t plan on life returning to normal in… Continue reading

When life returns to normal, it won’t be the normal you knew
1.2 million students won’t return to classrooms anytime soon

1.2 million students won’t return to classrooms anytime soon

OLYMPIA — Washington students will not return to classrooms this school year, and maybe longer, leaving teachers with the daunting challenge of educating about 1.2… Continue reading

1.2 million students won’t return to classrooms anytime soon
Governor Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

Governor Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday extended his statewide stay-home order through 11:59 p.m. on May 4, saying it is proving to be an… Continue reading

Governor Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4
Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said Washington-based companies, including Outdoor Research Inc. in Seattle, are pivoting to produce desperately needed protective equipment for… Continue reading

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment
Gov. Inslee warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement

Gov. Inslee warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday unveiled a stepped-up effort to enforce his statewide “stay home” order amid signs of a slowing rate of… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement