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.

Remembering Congressman Don Bonker: Just Look Around

Bonker successfully pushed to add Point of Arches and Shi Shi Beach, crowning glory spots of the Pacific Coast, to Olympic National Park. It wasn’t easy.

How Justice Alito Became Environment Czar

By imposing his own definition of the federal Clean Water Act, enacted 51 years ago under the Nixon Administration, Alito has followed a rule defined by onetime Jersey City political boss Frank Hague: “I am the law.”

Alberta on Fire: Literally and Politically

Beneath the so-called Omega Block – high pressure that is causing heat and generating fires -- Alberta is also feeling the heat of a consequential provincial election campaign.

“The Political Fight of our Lives?” Sen. Cantwell Sounds Alarm for Re-election

Cantwell's initial mailings come down hard on a single theme: MAGA Republicans are likely to come after me. Maybe not, given her commanding lead in a blue state.

All Aboard: Odd Coalition in Congress Comes Together to Address Rail Safety

Sen Cantwell has long proposed stiffer regulations for trains carrying hazardous materials. Her sunshine environmentalists now include Trump and Sen. Vance.

High Atop the World: Remembering Climber Tom Hornbein

Hornbein was renowned as a climber, a medical researcher, and a friend. In words of physicist and fellow climber Bill Sumner, he had a knack for “being there for life decisions.

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Dianne Feinstein and the Art of Knowing When to Quit

It's tough to hang it up, says this 75-year-old scribe. In politics, you go from being at the center of action to relative obscurity with time on your hands.

Ron DeSantis is Sinking Fast in the Polls. Lesson? Don’t Mess with the Mouse

DeSantis is learning that Mickey Mouse is Mighty Mouse. He has sought to punish Disney World, a massive presence in the Orlando area, and learned a basic truism: He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.

The Great Re-Sorting: Americans Are Moving to Align Geography with their Politics

The national brokerage firm, Redfin, forecast last year: “A recent Redfin survey confirms that a substantial number of homebuyers won’t move to a place where laws conflict with their political views.

Retreat of the Glaciers: Be Afraid

Scientists predict that all the namesake glaciers of Glacier National Park will be gone within 30 years or less.