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.

Cautiously: Canada ponders Reopening Border with US

Reaction to the prolonged restrictions has seemed in line with the motto for settling Canada: “Peace, order and good government.” “Safely and carefully” is how B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon described recovery from COBID-19. Or “safe and gradual” in words of B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Continuing to work together will bring us back together.”

Me and the News: Chris Matthews’ Loud Proud Memoir

Matthews has written quality books, notably the perceptive "Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America." In this case, however, the author has come too close to the sun – himself. ”My Country” is laden with high press socializing with himself as central figure.

Worrisome Poll for Sen. Patty Murray’s Re-election Hopes?

The statewide poll in late May shows a 40-36 approval/disapproval rating for Sen. Murray, a powerful incumbent of 30 years. Biden does much better in the polling, with a 54/41 approval score.

Memo to Biden: Do More to Protect the Tongass, America’s Last Great Rain Forest

The mills are long closed, but the battle is not ended. Cheered on by the Alaska delegation, the Trump Administration last year rescinded, in the Tongass, the Carter-era “Roadless Rule” which blocked construction of new roads into unlogged national forest land. The move was designed to open 186,000 acres of old growth forest to commercial logging.

Post-Pandemic Pork Comes in Two Shades, Red and Blue

The ARRA has showered resources on the country. On Thursday, Biden read off a list of Republican lawmakers who voted against the Recovery Act but have subsequently claimed credit for money bestowed on their states. A notable example was crusty Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

British Columbia: A Sloooow Reopening (so slow you might not notice)

There is no indication when the Canada-U.S. border will reopen to recreational and non-essential travel. The current closure lasts until June 21, But the crossing ban has been automatically renewed on the 21st of each month.

Elizabeth Warren’s New Book: Her Persistent Assault on Corruption

Warren's core insight: Big money has corrupted the republic. In her words: “This corruption has delivered untold profits to a handful of billionaires and corporations – and it may cost us our future . . . Corruption stands in the way of every single policy that would help us build a more just America. Corruption is a cancer that is eating away at our democracy.”

A GOP Splinter Surfaces, but can a Rogue Rump Rumble?

As Trump gears up to revive MAGA rallies and make endorsements, anti-Trump Republicans are going nowhere fast. Trump remains triumphant in his hold over the party of Lincoln.

Kickstarting 30X30: Look to Alaska

Biden, in an executive order on climate policy signed last January, directed Cabinet secretaries to set the stage to “achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.” The same executive order spoke of creating a Civilian Climate Corps modeled after FDR’s successful Civilian Conservation Corps which built much of the West’s recreation infrastructure.

Where did the Mom in Tennis Shoes Disappear to?

KING TV released a statewide poll last week in which voters by a 47-31 percent margin said they do not want Patty Murray to seek a sixth term in 2022.  The findings suggest that fewer people know of Murray and what she’s doing.

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