Joel Connelly

I worked for Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1973 until it ceased print publication in 2009, and SeattlePI.com from 2009 to 6/30/2020. During that time, I wrote about 9 presidential races, 11 Canadian and British Columbia elections‎, four doomed WPPSS nuclear plants, six Washington wilderness battles, creation of two national Monuments (Hanford Reach and San Juan Islands), a 104 million acre Alaska Lands Act, plus the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Verdict on Trump’s Primary Influence: Idaho the Outlier?

Trump fared much better in other primaries across the country, possibly to the detriment of his party.

Idaho’s Battle of the Republicans

Some are drawn to a “white homeland” movement which dreams of turning northern reaches of the Inland Northwest into a refuge from America’s growing diversity and multiculturalism.

Abortion Rights: Senator Murray Re-energized

Senator Murray is reportedly working with Senate women on strategies for keeping the choice issue front and center. 

How Abortion Rights Became Central to the Culture Wars

It’s not your fathers' and mothers’ Republican Party anymore. Our state’s “new look” Republicans of yesteryear are old or deceased. 

McCarthy: (Oops, the Tapes) — We Now Return to our Regularly-Scheduled Trumpophilia

Polls show a motivated Republican “base,” three quarters of whom believe Joe Biden was not legitimately elected. 

The Long, Remarkable Life of Harriet Bullitt

“She will truly be missed, but her legacy lives on in some of the most beautiful places in Washington state she helped protect and in each one of us she has touched.”

Behind Glass: President Biden’s Visit to Seattle Today

The chief “green” of his visit will be the money he raises here and in Portland at Democratic National Committee events.

Other Ways to Serve: Remembering Peter Jackson

As ex-Seattle Mayor Charley Royer posted, “I always thought Peter should have run for office. Didn’t need to. He found other ways to serve.”

Failure to Meet: What’s Wrong with Washington’s US Senators?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has held no town halls in recent years, and is reticent about schedules where voters can catch up with her.

Cynical Descent: Senate Republicans’ Tortured Smear of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Of the three Republican senators who are voting for Judge Jackson’s confirmation, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, Tweeted on Tuesday: “Collins, Murkowski, and Romney are pro-pedophile.”

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