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

Left Coast Tsunami: A Swing to the Moderate?

Election results along the so-called Left Coast have pundits predicting that a tsunami, a giant backlash against progressive excesses, is heading our way.

Kellyanne Conway’s Self-Serving Versions of TrumpLand

"Democracy will survive; America will survive; George and I may not." 

How Washington State Has Done on Gun Control

This state does have some of the stricter gun laws in the country. Advocates rank Washington as 10th toughest in the nation.

Why Would Anybody Want to Run for Public Office?

The state's 147 legislators shoulder a heavy responsibility. The rewards are meager.

Washington’s Disappearing Lawmakers

Losses include a number of veterans whose experience and expertise will be much missed. Equally confounding is the exodus of newer lawmakers of color.

The Last Days of Reproductive Freedom

"I fear that these weeks while we await the issuing of the final Supreme Court decision are the last days of reproductive freedom in America."

All the Difference: How the World’s Fair Changed Seattle 60 Years Ago

Eddie Carlson's idea for a Space Needle wasn't instantly popular. Some scoffed at the notion, likening it to a phone pole in a sombrero or a pylon wearing a top hat.

The Case Against Banning Cars in Pike Place Market

Circulation and access are life blood to the Market's 500 small businesses and to ancillary services like the Health Clinic, Day Care, and Foodbank.

Opening Day: Confessions of a Baseball Novice

Baseball at its heart is a game of numbers and statistics. The game provides ample opportunity to compare one's knowledge and memory with other fans.

Workers United: A Rebirth of Unions?

Gallup Polls show that 60 percent of Americans currently favor unions. That's certainly true in Washington state, which ranks third (after New York and Hawaii) for the percentage of unionized workers – 20.1 percent of state workers, twice nationwide numbers.