Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and late for the Seattle Times. In 2002, she quit to run for City Council where she served for 12 years. Since then she published a book of city stories titled “Citizen Jean.” She is now co-host of The Bridge aired on community station KMGP at 101.1 FM. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

A Signature Dish for Seattle: Every City Needs One

Do we choose coffee, salmon, chowder or berry pies? Or here's another idea. If we're serious about singling out Seattle's iconic dish, how about Dutch Babies?

Which Trump Books Should you Read?

It's been my lot to end up reading a number of the more prominent books about the Trump era, so I can give some advice. "Rage" (backed by 17 tape recordings of interviews with Trump) is the number-one enduring read.

The Fly-By-Night Debate

Pence lost the audience, resorting to slow droning responses and adopting a tight-lipped demeanor and pained frown. He was like the juror you wouldn't select for your jury.

“Managing Chaos”: Michael Cohen Dishes on his Mob Boss

Cohen writes that, if you want to understand how Donald J. Trump became president, "you have to know the biggest influence by far was the media. Donald Trump's presidency is a product of the free press. The free press gave America Trump -- that's who elected Trump and might well elect him again."

A Train Wreck of a Debate

It's certain he lost support with women, especially in the suburbs. One of the follow-up commentaries was that it was like driving down the freeway with an 8-year-old having a tantrum in the backseat.

My Love Affair With RBG

Justice Ginsburg never failed to credit her mother, saying, "She made reading a delight and counseled me constantly to be independent and fend for myself." Ruth often repeated her mother's advice that getting angry was a waste of your own time. When her mom was bedridden, soon to die of ovarian cancer, "Kiki" (Ruth's childhood nickname) did her homework on her mom's bed.

Bob Woodward’s New Book: All The President’s Deceits

Jared Kushner said the key to understanding Trump is the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland who famously said, "If you don't know where you're going, any path will take you there." Kushner describes his father-in-law variously as "crazy, unpredictable, stubborn and manipulative."

The Tricky Business of Using Unnamed Sources

While it is true that use of unnamed sources can be problematic, there sometimes is a need to resort to them when that is the only way to unlock a big story. However, it should be done with care.

Time To Revisit The Way We Elect Seattle City Councilmembers?

The reform was supposed to reduce the cost of campaigns. Fat chance. In the 2015 elections, total spending on the seven seats was $785,000. By 2019, expenditures ballooned to $4.2 million. The big difference was partly due to public funds, but mostly due to independent expenditures that were not capped in any way. Political action committees could spend heavily -- and spend they did.

Revenge of the “Nasty” Women: We Vote!

But if 2018 was the Year of the Woman, there are signs that 2020 could be an even bigger year for women and for diversity. Some 243 women -- 169 Democrats and 74 Republicans -- have won primaries and are competing for congressional seats this fall.