Jerry Cornfield

Policy fights, political tension loom for state lawmakers | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — A trove of policy disputes, a bit of political tension and a historic leadership change await lawmakers Monday when they begin a 60-day… Continue reading

 

State sues Johnson & Johnson, claims it fueled opioid epidemic

SEATTLE — State attorneys sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, accusing the internationally known corporation of fueling an opioid epidemic in Washington through the use… Continue reading

 

State Republicans miss their big chance | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — In late June 2017, with a partial shut down of government looming, Gov. Jay Inslee reached a deal guaranteeing lawmakers a chance to… Continue reading

 

Changing opinions, not so much | The Petri Dish

What will you feel when the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald J. Trump? Relief, satisfaction, frustration, anger? Maybe nothing at all?… Continue reading

Looking for a new chair | The Petri Dish

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long. Tim Eyman, the initiative impressario, political provacateur and human heartburn for a generation,… Continue reading

Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure | The Petri Dish

Most ballots are counted but the fight over Initiative 976 is far from over. It’s just changing venues. The measure paring the cost of car… Continue reading

Tuesday’s election features a ballot full of consequences: Initiative 976 and Referendum 88

Voters on Tuesday have a couple interesting decisions to make. And some pretty darn important ones for their community as well. There are two high-profile… Continue reading

Lawmakers to governor: How dare you mess with our budget! | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are butting heads with Gov. Jay Inslee over what they consider a misuse of executive power. Inslee is taking steps to… Continue reading

Inslee Passes Up A Chance To Confront Corporate ‘Blackmail’ | The Petri Dish

Jay Inslee had a chance recently to face his muggers. He didn’t show up. It would have been interesting to see if he’s ready to… Continue reading

An Unprecedented Move | The Petri Dish

When Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a 12-word sentence in the transportation budget in May, he knew what he was doing was without precedent in this… Continue reading

A Helpful Annoyance | The Petri Dish

If you lost count of how many new and higher taxes state lawmakers passed this year, it was 12. And voters will get a chance… Continue reading

Inslee’s bid for third term derails plans for other Democrats

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee set a course Thursday for a third term as the state’s chief executive and left a trail of disappointed Democrats… Continue reading

Things Go As Hoped | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Whew. Last Tuesday’s primary marked the electoral debut of VoteWa and the sparkling new statewide election management system didn’t crash nor suffer a… Continue reading

Tough Month for Eyman | The Petri Dish

Contrary to the customary exuberance expressed in his emails, Tim Eyman isn’t having a very good month. Washington’s pioneering initiative barker — whose financing creativity… Continue reading

‘Full Faith’ For Now | The Petri Dish

The men and women responsible for running elections in Washington’s 39 counties are nervous that something, or several, will go awry with the Aug. 6… Continue reading

Busy year for the Legislature | The Petri Dish

State lawmakers outdid themselves this year in the assortment of ways they chose to extract more bucks from you, your neighbor, and even your friends… Continue reading

Hold on a minute | The Petri Dish

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepared to launch his campaign for president earlier this year, he had a request of three fellow Democrats he knew to… Continue reading

Inslee Packs One-Two Punch | The Petri Dish

In the final round of bill signing Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee unleashed a one-two combo of executive power the likes of which state lawmakers had… Continue reading

Thanks may come later | The Petri Dish

President Donald Trump is ready to give Washington the clean water rules its leaders requested. Did he get an ounce of gratitude when the Environmental… Continue reading

Joy and smiles at the end of it all | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 Legislative Session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no… Continue reading