Jerry Cornfield

Murky future for charter schools | The Petri Dish

For years, backers of this privately run, publicly funded model of educating endured rejection by voters worried that diverting public dimes in this manner might sink the state’s school system.

Inslee’s tax-and-spend plan | Jerry Cornfield

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is approaching the upcoming session of the Legislature “very differently” than he did in his first two years as the state’s chief executive.

A poem for Congress | Jerry Cornfield

‘Tis two days after session and all through the Dome, Not a member is working since they all have gone home;

Jerry Cornfield: How the GOP got it’s groove back

After this election, Republicans will hold a majority of seats in the state Senate for the first time since 2004 and boast their largest contingent in the state House in more than a decade.

Election disinterest everywhere | Jerry Cornfield

There are hundreds of thousands of residents in the state registered to vote in the primary election now under way. Most won’t.

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

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress. Now, plenty of others are spending their dough to keep her there for another term.

Eyman’s effort gets a ‘no’ | Jerry Cornfield

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

State trying to avoid sending education’s ‘scarlet letter’ | Jerry Cornfield

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn doesn’t want to use the word “failing” when talking about Washington’s public schools. So he’s figured out how school district leaders in Washington can exclude it from letters they must send parents at schools deemed as failing to make the grade on a federal curve known as adequate yearly progress.

Questions remain for Oso commission | Jerry 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 | Jerry 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.

For Legislature, it’s school days in Olympia | Jerry 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 | Jerry 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.

Some Oso answers can wait | Jerry Cornfield

You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked. Families are still the story of the Oso mudslide – and the other questions can wait.

A nine-month breather for Inslee | Jerry Cornfield

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

State lawmakers get stern warning on education

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves once again falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to cure the real and perceived ailments of the state’s public schools. And now they face a deadline of sorts to figure a way out.

Governor’s death-penalty stance may hold for future | Jerry 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.

Unanswered questions from 2013 | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

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