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.

How Washington State Republicans Drove Their Party into a Ditch

The Republican Party in Washington state has been decimated during Trump’s reign atop the party.

New Poll: Ferguson Sprints to the Lead in Governor’s Race

AG “Ferguson started at 21 percent last March, improved to 25 percent in June of 2023, then to 31 percent in November of 2023, and now at 35 percent,” said Andrew Villeneuve, who heads Northwest Progressive Institute.

Democrats Win Santos Seat on Long Island; House Closer Than Ever

The outcome in New York state increases prospects of Democrats capturing a majority in November. If so, power would flow to senior House members from Washington state.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Joins the Herd of Republicans Leaving Congress

She follows two other top-ranking Republicans who are not seeking reelection. The GOP may well lose control of Congress’ lower chamber in the November election.

Control of the US Senate Runs Through Arizona and Texas. Dems Come Calling on Seattle

Democratic challengers in Texas and Arizona, key states for Democrats' hope to hold onto the Senate, come calling for Seattle dollars.

Best-Laid Plans: This Year’s Governor’s Race Is No Easy Walk

The dominant Democrats of Washington face the challenge with the pending exit of three-term Gov. Jay Inslee.

Does Nikki Haley Stand a Chance in South Carolina?

The Republican electorate is highly conservative up country, with an island of moderates in Charleston. Not even massive Democratic spending could dislodge Sen. Lindsay Graham in his last reelection.

Farewell, Sports Illustrated

It was a mark of an athlete’s prestige to be on the cover of SI. But there was also the famous Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Ken Griffey, Jr., was among athletes to suffer injury soon after gracing the cover.

Stuck in the Shallows: The World on Cable News as Seen from a Hospital Bed

What’s striking is the shallowness. The networks love to air reporters wading around in floods, being blown by hurricanes or bundled up in the snow. But the cause of extreme weather — climate change — is rarely explored.

Roger Nyhus’ Warm Ambassador Sendoff to Barbados

As a "proud Cougar" (Washington State University grad), Ambassador Nyhus promised to load up a suitcase with Cougar Gold and practice "cheese diplomacy" in the Caribbean.