Jerry Cornfield

How many lobbyist’s dinners are too many? | Cornfield

A panel empowered to guide elected leaders along a righteous path is struggling to draw clear ethical boundaries for lawmakers when dining and drinking with lobbyists.

Questions remain for Oso commission | Cornfield

Establishing a commission to examine the causes and consequences of the Oso mudslide is taking longer than Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and Gov. Jay Inslee imagined.

State soon will know number of oil tank cars shipped through area | Cornfield

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 through the state.

Did the State Supreme Court mean what it said for school funding? | Cornfield

Imagine the domed state Capitol as a classroom, with 147 state lawmakers as students, and you may get a better picture of the challenge facing Washington’s Supreme Court this summer.

Lessons learned at Oso disaster | Cornfield

That venerable adage ‘It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it’ came to mind Tuesday as President Barack Obama departed the Oso firehouse.

Will Inslee wield veto pen? | Cornfield

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepares to sign a revised state budget, he’s getting pressed to veto a few of its provisions.

Oso mudslide coverage not easy | Cornfield

You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked.

A nine-month breather for Inslee | Cornfield

No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee.

What did legislators do this session? | Cornfield

It is becoming clearer what new laws will emerge from the two-month legislative session.

Bill would allow more ads on government websites | Cornfield

Thousands of times every day someone visits the websites for the state’s parks system and lottery and flips through several online pages.

Inslee can’t throw the switch | Cornfield

Jay Inslee endorsed the death penalty for his entire political career. But once the Democrat became governor and got his finger on the switch, he realized he couldn’t push it.

Governor puts education, taxes back on Legislature’s table | Cornfield

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 week and in the conversation with voters this fall.

State government attempts to get past rhetoric to a transportation plan | Cornfield

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican Sen. Curtis King may have set down their poison pens but are no closer to forging agreement on a transportation funding package.

Unanswered questions from 2013 | Cornfield

The year 2013 left a ration of questions to be answered in the course of 2014. Here is a sampling.

Preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers | Cornfield

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January.

Preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers | Cornfield

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January.

The battle for public records | The Petri Dish

Those looking for a more transparent government are increasingly relying on public records to make it happen.They hope the more documents they obtain the clearer their view of what’s really going on behind closed doors in school districts, city halls and county buildings.

Looking back: The failings and falterings of Inslee and the Legislature

Now that the interminable journey of Washington’s 147 lawmakers is over, what is remarkable is how predictable everything turned out.

Rep. DelBene eating on food stamp budget for week

One of the newest members of the Millionaire Club in Congress is getting an idea this week of what it is like to be poor in America.