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.

Pope Francis To US Bishops: Stay Out of Politics!

The Pope had a long chat with reporters during a return flight from Slovakia to Rome. He was asked about the communion flap in the United States.

Biden’s EPA Finds a New Weapon in the War Against Alaska’s Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to permanently block the proposed Pebble Mine project, which would locate a mile-square copper and gold mine between two of the most productive river watersheds supporting the salmon fishery of Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

Canadian Election Surprise: Trudeau is in Serious Trouble

The most likely scenario now, with two weeks until the Sept. 20 election, is for another “hung” parliament in which no party wins a majority.

Climate Change Is Melting Permafrost on the Road to Denali

Alaska is changing fast. All told, according to climate records kept by the Matanuska Experimental Farm near Anchorage, the average yearly temperature has jumped by 6.9 degrees during the past century.  The annual number of frost-free days measured at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has grown by 17 days.

The Melting Signs of Climate Change on Northwest Glaciers

We are used to life in a region surrounded by envy. As such, we have underestimated the speed at which impacts of climate change would arrive.

British Columbia Mandates Proof Of Vaccination for Most Indoor Activities

“Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us. So I call on all eligible British Columbians to roll up their sleeves to stop the spread, and help protect themselves, people they love and the community,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Emily’s List Weighs in for Lorena Gonzalez

Emily’s List – the Emily stands for "Early Money is Like Yeast” -- has a long history here and fair amount on the line.

Ticky Tacky: Two Pols Raising Money By Demonizing Opponents

Mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez uses George Petrie’s perfectly legal donation to deliver guilt-by-association.  Petrie’s donation to Bruce Harrell’s PAC pales in comparison to the labor PAC that has been running TV spots and sending out dried cherries to boost Gonzalez.

Justin Trudeau Calls An Election: A Short Primer on Canadian Politics

Why now? The polls look favorable, Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rate tops that of “the States,” and Trudeau’s government has doled out billions in aid to soften pandemic impacts. 

Logjam: State’s Top Officials Grow Old in Place While New Talent Stacks Up

A wait-your-turn mentality has infected Washington's ruling Democratic Party in the quest for higher office.

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