Jerry Cornfield

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

Electors to contest fines for not voting for Clinton | Cornfield

OLYMPIA — The next episode in a political drama sparked by President Donald Trump’s election will take place in a Tacoma office building Friday. There,… Continue reading

Bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants remove cap on property tax increases | Cornfield

A bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants to rewrite one of the state’s vaunted political commandments in order to restore a stream of dollars to schools… Continue reading

Leaders of the state House and Senate transportation committees say they won’t move any bills to end tolling between Bellevue and Lynnwood on I-405 this session. Reporter file photo

Vows to end I-405 tolls: Was it all just campaign talk?

Eliminating the express toll lanes on I-405 was a popular pledge of candidates on the campaign trail in Snohomish County.

Leaders of the state House and Senate transportation committees say they won’t move any bills to end tolling between Bellevue and Lynnwood on I-405 this session. Reporter file photo

Unlike some reps, Larsen and DelBene will attend inauguration

There may be a little extra elbow room for Democratic lawmakers at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. As many as 54 Democratic House members are saying… Continue reading

Fight over Planned Parenthood could just be starting | Cornfield

A politically contentious investigation by Congressional Republicans into the practices of Planned Parenthood and procuring of fetal tissue for research quietly concluded this week.

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? | Cornfield

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017?

Historic election yields some new faces | Cornfield

Wow. Tuesday was crazy. Unforgettable. Historic.

Democrats shifting focus to down-ballot races with 12 point lead in governor’s race | Cornfield

A super PAC supporting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has redirected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the governor’s race into getting more Democrats elected to the Legislature.

WSDC intends to hold debates, with or without candidates | Cornfield

If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

Democratic presidential nonimation not over yet | Cornfield

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over.

Will Snohomish County Council appoint caretaker or candidate for open House seat? | Cornfield

Election politics are certain to be on the minds of Snohomish County Councilmembers when they fill the state House seat vacated this week by Democrat Hans Dunshee.

Former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner still a focus of investigation | Cornfield

Republican state senators didn’t fire Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner when they had the chance.