Joel Connelly

I worked for Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1973 until it ceased print publication in 2009, and 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.

The Wilderness Act: A Triple Anniversary

The latest cause – it is now 13 years old – is the Wild Olympics campaign. It would create 126,661 acres of' new wilderness protection on Olympic National Forest land, which surrounds the national park like a donut.

New Poll on Governor’s Race: Good News for Bob Ferguson

In a four-way race, according to the new PPP poll, Ferguson registers at 35 percent, Reichert at 28 percent, while Bird trails with 11 percent while Mullet barely registers with just 4 percent.

The Trump Trial, According to Fox News

The language of Fox pundits can sound like recordings of Mafia brass talking about a snitch. "He looks like a rat," Greg Gutfeld said of Cohen.

Demonstrably Seattle: Biden Comes to Town Today

Our nation's presidents and aspirants have learned to expect nothing less than mediagenic protests from stopovers in this corner of America's "left coast." A tradition of rough receptions dates back more than a century.

The Endorsement Game

Since the Gingrich "revolution" of 1994, only two House members of Washington's congressional delegation have been unseated.

The Motivating Power of Abortion Bans

The Dobbs abortion ruling overturning of Roe by the Supreme Court's conservative super-majority has proven a boon to progressive politicians.

Hitler’s Rise to Power and its Lessons for Today

Authoritarian governments are staging a comeback, borrowing tactics that brought Hitler to power and by which he consolidated control. Not even our own republic is safe from the manipulative, determined minority.

New Poll: Biden has Strong Leads in Oregon, Washington

In the contest for Washington’s 12 electoral votes, Biden has a 54-39 percent lead over ex-President Trump with only 7 percent undecided. Biden enjoys a 54-35 percent advantage in Oregon. Idaho remains Trump country, 2 to 1.

State GOP Convention in Chaos

“It’s insane. They want to run the state. They can’t run their own convention.”

Interior Department to Reject Road Through Arctic Preserve

Stopping the access road would undo another green light given to industry in the last days of the Trump administration.