Jerry Cornfield

Affirmative action measure fails but could resurface in 2020

Affirmative action measure fails but could resurface in 2020

Supporters started too late and had too little money to explain the problems R-88 would solve.

Affirmative action measure fails but could resurface in 2020
Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Lawmakers will wrangle over cuts in transportation spending as lawyers tangle on the measure’s legality.

Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure
Does Sound Transit realize the consequences of this do-over?

Does Sound Transit realize the consequences of this do-over?

Pass or fail, Initiative 976 is a reminder of what critics most dislike about the regional agency.

Does Sound Transit realize the consequences of this do-over?
To expel or not to expel Matt Shea, that may be the question

To expel or not to expel Matt Shea, that may be the question

Results of a private investigation could put the fate of GOP lawmaker in front of the House in 2020.

To expel or not to expel Matt Shea, that may be the question
State’s new voting system passes key test

State’s new voting system passes key test

Whew. The primary (on Aug. 6) marked the electoral debut of VoteWa, and the sparkling new statewide election management system didn’t crash or suffer a… Continue reading

State’s new voting system passes key test
Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers

Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers

Teachers ratified a new contract Monday and the Board of Education will consider it next month.

Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers
With Palumbo out, capital gains tax gets real for Democrats

With Palumbo out, capital gains tax gets real for Democrats

His successor could be the vote leaders need. But with elections in 2020, tax may be off the table.

With Palumbo out, capital gains tax gets real for Democrats
Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Feds say they’ll use what the state submitted in 2016 even though they’re no longer the state’s faves.

Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules
In state House, one historic era ends and another begins

In state House, one historic era ends and another begins

Chopp is out as speaker. Lovick is in, and already dealing with next steps in two investigations.

In state House, one historic era ends and another begins
Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

They didn’t pass a capital gains tax or plastic bag ban and the death penalty is still on the books.

Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table
What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages

What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?
Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Even with a robust economy, the majority party may seek more revenue to carry out its wish list.

Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes
All quiet on the car tab front in Washington legislature

All quiet on the car tab front in Washington legislature

Several bills have been introduced, but none made it to a hearing.

All quiet on the car tab front in Washington legislature
Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found.

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal
Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

The Frank Chopp era will end soon. Everett’s Robinson is among a crowd of women who may seek the job.

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman
Sound Transit will be in legislative spotlight

Sound Transit will be in legislative spotlight

Lawmakers insisted throughout the 2018 session they wanted to provide some car tab relief but adjourned without doing anything.

Sound Transit will be in legislative spotlight
Lawmakers reading bills for guns, helmets, soju

Lawmakers reading bills for guns, helmets, soju

Here is a snapshot of a few bills that have been pre-filed for introduction on opening day of the upcoming legislative session.

Lawmakers reading bills for guns, helmets, soju
Their I-940 made the ballot, but not the version they prefer | Letter

Their I-940 made the ballot, but not the version they prefer | Letter

A much-divided state Supreme Court blew up an unusual compromise when it concluded that Initiative 940, which would rewrite Washington law on the use of… Continue reading

Their I-940 made the ballot, but not the version they prefer | Letter
State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Washington also is considering becoming more significant by moving its primary to early March.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Signature of registered voter is a coveted commodity

The competitive nature of the initiative and referendum season now peaking in Washington.