Jerry Cornfield

State lawmakers learned Wednesday they are getting a raise. So will Gov.

State lawmakers learned Wednesday they are getting a raise.So will Gov. Jay Inslee.And even indicted state Auditor Troy Auditor will earn more this fall --… Continue reading

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas —

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.Its adherents in the Democratic Party unearthed a retooled… Continue reading

By the end of next week, Washington will learn how often tank

By the end of next week, Washington will learn how often tank cars of oil siphoned from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are getting shipped by… Continue reading

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves once again falling down a

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves once again falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to cure the real and perceived ailments… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to raise money for schools by closing tax

Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to raise money for schools by closing tax breaks put the education funding debate back in the laps of lawmakers this… Continue reading

Pyrotechnic spectacles aren’t the only way of welcoming a new year.There are

Pyrotechnic spectacles aren’t the only way of welcoming a new year.There are bear dances in Moldavia, pickle drops in Pennsylvania. And in Ecuador, many celebrate… Continue reading

The Majority Coalition Caucus of the state Senate is about to turn

The Majority Coalition Caucus of the state Senate is about to turn 1 year old, and what an interesting year it’s been.It was Dec. 10… Continue reading

This story was originally published in our cousin paper, The Everett Herald.

This story was originally published in our cousin paper, The Everett Herald.OLYMPIA -- Tim Eyman may wind up losing more from this month’s election than… Continue reading

Efforts to require labeling of genetically-engineered foods are not over despite voters’

Efforts to require labeling of genetically-engineered foods are not over despite voters’ rejection of Initiative 522.The Yes on 522 campaign conceded late Thursday but one… Continue reading

Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the

Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it.All those bucks certainly made a… Continue reading

This article was first published in the Everett Herald. Tim Eyman

This article was first publishedin the Everett Herald.Tim Eyman isn’t talking much about his latest initiative but the Mukilteo resident may benefit more than most… Continue reading

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman’s thousands of supporters throughout the state may get

OLYMPIA -- Tim Eyman’s thousands of supporters throughout the state may get a chance next year to put the anti-tax guru’s name on the rebuilt… Continue reading

Washington taxpayers spent $800,000 last year to fill a seat in Congress

Washington taxpayers spent $800,000 last year to fill a seat in Congress for less than two months.That’s what it cost for the special election triggered… Continue reading

Now that the interminable journey of Washington’s 147 lawmakers is over, what

Now that the interminable journey of Washington’s 147 lawmakers is over, what is remarkable is how predictable everything turned out.Veteran observers of life under the… Continue reading

One reason state lawmakers cannot land an agreement on a new budget

One reason state lawmakers cannot land an agreement on a new budget centers on a dispute over how much seafood Washington residents devour.Boeing Co. is… Continue reading

State parks would close, state prisons won’t take new inmates and some

State parks would close, state prisons won’t take new inmates and some convicted sex offenders won’t be watched as closely when released if state government… Continue reading