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.

Trump’s Revenge: Joe Kent Edges Ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler

Kent has emerged as a right-wing media darling. 

Growl No More? AG Bob Ferguson Barks Back at Whidbey’s Navy Jets (and Judge Agrees)

Protests at Growler overflights have involved not only Coupeville but Port Townsend and towns of the Quimper Peninsula. 

Sleepy No More: A Primer on Tuesday’s Primary

With a lot of “safe” one-party districts, and a wide-open top-two primary shifted to August, many battles pit Democrat against Democrat and Republican vs. Republican.

Pope Francis Pays Penitence in Canada

“I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples,” said Francis, speaking at the site of what was once one of the largest residential schools in the country.

Grumpier and Trumpier: Canadian Politics and the Distemper of our Times

The language of Canadian politics is becoming harsher.  Public officials are targeted for abuse. Confrontations are getting more frequent and intense. 

A Long Hike: Congress Adds More Wilderness Area to the Olympic Peninsula

Preserving wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula began more than 113 years ago, when President Theodore Roosevelt set aside a 450,000-acre Olympic National Monument.

After 15 Years, the Episcopal Bishop of Olympia Decides to Retire

Rickel insists he “never stopped having fun” but he has faced thankless challenges. 

Independent No More: A Notre Dame Alum Laments Changed Leadership

Long kept at arm’s length, the Catholic right is using its money to establish a beachhead at Our Lady’s University in ways unthinkable in its history.

Trump Unhinged: Rallies Against Murkowski in Alaska

Trump was on a vengeance mission, but Trumpification could bring changes to the U.S. Senate.

Brutal! Boris is Done

The UK Tories have a lesson to teach, especially to the Republican Party in the United States. 

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