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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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.

That Was Fast: Biden Voids Giveaway of Arctic Wildlife Leases

Biden is not stopping with the Arctic Refuge. Initial executive orders include canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, stopped by President Obama in 2015 but revived by Trump in 2017. He is immediately rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, three years after Trump took the United States out of the agreement to begin curbing climate change.

Sen. Cantwell’s To-Do List: Silencing Trump’s Chainsaws

Snohomish County, once known for its timber mills, is now part of a major technology corridor. Its inhabitants have turned to the out-of-doors, witness hundreds of cars parked at the Maple Pass trailhead off the North Cascades Highway, or lineups on the Teanaway Road during the “golden week” when needles on larch trees change color.

State GOP Tells Its Moderate Wing to Stop Using the R-Word

Along with other King County Republican leaders, Joshua Freed ought to show up at the Cascade Conference and learn how to win elections. The GOP has been hemorrhaging legislative seats in the state’s largest population center.

“Drive-By Chalking”: The Sheep and Jackasses of Ferry County

The commissioners wanted motor bikes on the trail, which follows an old railroad bed. Crusty Commissioner Michael Blankenship described as “sheep” and “jackasses” advocates of a walking, jogging, and pedaling trail.

Jay Inslee 3.0: Under Pressure to Perform

A tougher term is upon him. No more feuding with a repellant Trump. A Democratic base that wants taxes, but an electorate that turns down taxes. The citizenry asking, how and when do we get vaccinated? Neighborhood restaurants hanging on, but for how long?

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Is this still the Republican Party for me?

She has often thought about leaving the Republican reservation, and done so once before. Now she's the first of her Senate party to say Trump must go.

Redrawing Washington: Redistricting is About to Commence

A decade ago, Democrats put their redistricting cards on the table, but Slade Gorton extracted a high price.

Tough Task: Explaining the Day of Rage to Young Friends

The stench of fascism permeated the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Guess what? We now have our own “sawdust Caesar.”

Duck Diver: Spokane Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Trump Enabler

By her actions, McMorris Rodgers has become an enabler of the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol beneath whose dome she pursues political power, pandering to the right. .

Northwest Voters Love Joe Biden. Will He Return the Affection?

Biden is set to take office after a campaign that never really had much profile in the Northwest. The former vice president dropped in for quiet, private fundraising events early in the race. He was overshadowed by noisy rallies for Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and the boomlet of support for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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