Jerry Cornfield

By Taylor McAvoy

Inslee vetoes public records bill; lawmakers get a do-over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
They agree on a tax cut and now have to decide how to do it | Editorial
They agree on a tax cut and now have to decide how to do it | Editorial
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s amendments to restore deductions, that the bill does away with, were rejected.

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone
Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial

Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial
Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question

Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question

OLYMPIA — When the legal battle on education funding returns to the state Supreme Court Tuesday, the leader of Washington’s public school system will be… Continue reading

Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question
The Legislative Building is shown June 30 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

When it comes to majorities, Democrats must use them or lose them

Some hope that a Democratic victory in the Senate race will spur a bipartisan Hirst compromise.

The Legislative Building is shown June 30 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lawmakers want to know if Sound Transit conned them on costs

But they didn’t ask for testimony from the transportation committee members who negotiated the bill.

Signs on southbound Interstate 405 give information on the tolls for using express lanes Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After a 2-year trial, are I-405’s toll lanes here to stay?

Lawmakers will decide whether to keep them or end the experiment and try something else.

Signs on southbound Interstate 405 give information on the tolls for using express lanes Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
All politics is local politics | Cornfield

All politics is local politics | Cornfield

There is no shortage of subjects that candidates for local offices can debate in their campaigns this fall. Don’t expect President Donald J. Trump to… Continue reading

All politics is local politics | Cornfield
Experience pays when prepping for government shutdown | Cornfield

Experience pays when prepping for government shutdown | Cornfield

Editor’s note: As of the Reporter’s deadline, a budget hadn’t been approved by the state Legislature. The process of shutting down state government is under… Continue reading

Experience pays when prepping for government shutdown | Cornfield
Relief from car tab fees runs into legislative jam

Relief from car tab fees runs into legislative jam

It’s pretty clear those running Sound Transit aren’t seizing the initiative to ease the financial pain caused by a surge in its car tab fees.… Continue reading

Relief from car tab fees runs into legislative jam

A special session is coming in Olympia | Cornfield

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff… Continue reading

Lawmakers continue to negotiate on budget and school funding | Cornfield

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with a nod… Continue reading

House Democrats want to rejigger the real estate excise tax | Cornfield

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial dividends they’ve… Continue reading

Sound Transit to meet with Snohomish, King and Pierce counties tomorrow | Cornfield

OLYMPIA — This could be interesting. Thursday afternoon directors of Sound Transit will hold their regular monthly meeting in Seattle. It will be their first… Continue reading