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Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later for the Seattle Times. In 2003, she quit to run for Seattle City Council where she served 12 years. She now writes for Westside Seattle and has been a co-host on The Bridge, aired on community radio station KMGP. You can email tips and comments to Jean at jgodden@blarg.net.

New Bio: Eleanor Roosevelt, the “People’s Proxy”

Family ties initially brought Eleanor to Seattle. Anna, her only daughter, and her husband John Boettiger lived and worked here after he was appointed Seattle Post-Intelligencer publisher in the mid 1930s. Anna served as the paper's Women's Page editor.

How Seattle City Light Made it Through a Texas-Sized Windstorm in 2006

In that Hanukkah Eve windstorm, we heard sad stories about cancelled events and ceremonies, about disabled customers who, without electricity to power elevators, were trapped in dark, heatless multi-storied buildings. Before power was fully restored, 13 people in the region died, mostly by carbon monoxide poisoning .

S’no Joke: Weather Comes to Seattle

Seattleites have long had a love-hate relationship with snowy weather, just as they did over the weekend when the region was blanketed with shovel-loads of the white stuff. Some Seattleites...

Propaganda 101: Trump’s Tools of the Trade

Trump had early proven himself a master at using a BANDWAGON strategy, flaunting physical trappings at his rallies: forests of flags, red MAGA hats, and Trump banners. He used not-so-subtle dog whistles to SCAPEGOAT and demonize immigrants, minorities, and Jews.

Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve for Northwest Federal Archives

The legal effort to keep the federal archives close at hand, led by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, scores an important partial victory.

The Non-Voting Representative Who Told a Story We Can Never Forget

The best of the best was Stacey Plaskett, a territorial (non-voting) delegate from the U. S. Virgin Islands. Plaskett, alone among the nine, was unable to cast a vote on impeachment.

Raised Voices: Researchers Plead for National Archives to Stay in Seattle

Those who spoke at AG Bob Ferguson's remote public hearing illuminated reasons why removal of the records would do incalculable harm. Among the speakers was Seattle City Councilmember Deborah Juarez who is registered with the Blackfeet Nation said, "Our history lives here. Let's keep it here."

This Year It’s Reigning Women in Political Leadership

It's probably not a surprise that it took some unusual factors to help bring so many women into power positions. The year-long pandemic likely played a role in changing voters' outlook on who and what matters. Social unrest also may have been a factor.

Welcome Back, Real Presidential Press Conferences!

Trump's press conferences were performances for his media-hating base. Biden's are back to normal, which is not to say that the new President will find them smooth sailing.

Unforgotten: Ron Chew’s Seattle

"Home" was Chinatown International District where his parents worked -- his father as head waiter at the Hong Kong Restaurant, his mother holding down two jobs as a seamstress.

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