Jerry Cornfield

DelBene, Celis highlight differences in final debate at Microsoft

In their final debate Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Republican challenger Pedro Celis didn’t break any new ground or exchange withering verbal punches.

Marijuana millions getting close look | Cornfield

The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical. Washington’s chief economist predicts the legal recreational market will generate $636 million for the state through the middle of 2019.

Wealthy social changers backing gun restrictions | Cornfield

Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again.

Celis aligns himself with political heavyweights | Cornfield

Republican Pedro Celis needs a spark for his congressional campaign and hopes it will come from two men who helped a Tea Party-backed candidate unseat U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The disinterest is everywhere in this election | Cornfield

I’ve heard from some eligible voters that they intend to sit this one out and return for the general election in November, “when it matters.”

Eyman’s latest initiative fails to get enough support | Cornfield

Rarely can the lack of action trigger so much reaction as it did this month when Tim Eyman didn’t do something he so often does — turn in signatures for an initiative.

Things beginning to heat up in election races, issues | Cornfield

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction focuses on improvement | Cornfield

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn doesn’t want to use the word “failing” when talking about Washington’s public schools.

Gov. Inslee is fishing for a solution | Cornfield

Finesse is a word rarely used to describe Gov. Jay Inslee’s approach to fashioning policy.

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.

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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.

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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.

President Barack Obama visited the Oso landslide site this week.

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.

President Barack Obama visited the Oso landslide site this week.

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.