Jerry Cornfield

Gov. Inslee faces many challenges this year before election | Cornfield

Gov. Jay Inslee is beginning the last year of his first term with every expectation of winning re-election in November.

Frank Chopp’s future as speaker depends on good 2016 for Democrats | Cornfield

There’s never been a figure in Washington politics quite like Frank Chopp.

Kirkland Rep. Stanford could run for auditor | Cornfield

It seems pretty obvious Washington’s next state auditor won’t be the current one, Troy X. Kelley.

Democrats forced to change course after Hill declares he wont run for governor | Cornfield

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.

When will the presidential primary be in Washington state | Cornfield

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.

Inslee must draw a line in the sand on climate change issues | Cornfield

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.

Does anyone notice when the state auditor disappears | Cornfield

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome?

The session that would never end is still not over | Cornfield

For six months – officially 168 days and counting on Thursday – the state’s 147 citizen legislators and chief executive have been passing policies and playing politics.

Cone of silence shrouds Olympia on budget progress | Cornfield

If silence is golden, a lot of wealth is stockpiled in the state Capitol, where lawmakers and the governor are mum on progress in reaching a deal on a new state budget.

State budget negotiations reach state of urgency with shutdown looming | Cornfield

There’s nothing quite like the threat of a government shutdown July 1 to infuse urgency into negotiations on a new state budget.

No simple fix to school funding issue | Cornfield

The way Washington pays for public schools is illegal.

Cap-and-trade bill still gasping for political life | Cornfield

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.

It didn’t take long to liquidate state auditor’s legacy | Cornfield

It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington’s state auditor.

State lawmakers up for raise in two years | Cornfield

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years.

Majority of Washington voters won’t have a hand presidential primary | Cornfield

You know the quadrennial quandary in this state about how to make the presidential primary meaningful?

Governor, lawmakers meet to discuss budget | Cornfield

There will be no pomp or ceremony today when Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sit down with the Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to talk budget.

Kelley has become a pariah in his own party in just two weeks | Cornfield

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.

Presidential primary puts parties in same old quandry | Cornfield

It is Washington’s quadrennial quandary. Every four years, the conversation starts anew on how to make this state’s presidential primary meaningful in the process of electing the nation’s next leader.

Legislators eyeing five bills on election process | Cornfield

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.

New legislative session means more laws | Cornfield

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.