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.

Microsoft Protests Georgia’s New Voter-Discouragement Law

Microsoft's Brad Smith: “We hope that companies will come together and make clear that a healthy business requires a healthy community. And a healthy community requires that everyone have a right to vote conveniently, safely, and securely.”

Short-Circuited: BC Premier Declares “Circuit Breaker” COVID Lockdown

Vaccination has had a relatively slow rollout, with just under 700,000 shots administered and just 87,000 B.C. residents fully immunized. Hence, a circuit breaker is now required until April 19 to break the chains of transmission.

Covid Relief Rescues Amtrak’s Historic Long-distance Routes

The Empire Builder was once a signature train for the Great Northern Railroad, advertised by a drawing of a mountain goat. Then and now, the train gives a sense of America’s vast spaces and scenic grandeur.

Joe Biden: Luck or Shrewd Planning?

Biden figured early that Democratic voters, or at least 75 percent of them, did not want the leftist “revolution” promised by Bernie Sanders. “It wasn’t just the party elites who didn’t want Sanders,” write the authors. “Most of the party’s voters didn’t want [Sanders], either.” Biden was able to become the “process of elimination” nominee.

The Politics of the Violence Against Women Act

The reauthorization would increase money for victims’ services, expand training for providers, and closes the “boyfriend loophole” that currently allows abusive former partners and stalkers with previous convictions to obtain guns.

Historic New Funding For Native Communities; Deb Haaland confirmed as Interior Secretary

The American Rescue Plan contains a whopping $31.2 billion for the country’s tribal governments and native communities. Most of the money will go straight to Indian Country,

A Canada/US Reset: Biden and Trudeau in an Upbeat Start

Washington’s congressional delegation wants Canada to reopen the border. The Horgan government in British Columbia has adopted a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy, which for Americans and cruise ships translates to Stay Out.

Sen. Maria Cantwell Messes with Texas, Probing its Energy Meltdown

Boring in, she asked, “Do you know of any Enron traders who were involved in both the Texas and California markets that are now employed in ERCOT trading?”

Breakthrough: Deb Haaland is Likely Interior Secretary

Haaland’s nomination is “long overdue,” in words of Fawn Sharp, who chairs the National Council of American Indians and is president of the Quinault Nation in this state. “After centuries of invisibility, the best and brightest of Indian Country are rising to the highest positions of leadership across the United States government.”

This Year’s Snowpack is WAY Above Normal (But our Glaciers…)

“The Northwest snowpack went CRAZY in February, going from nearly normal to way above normal,” the Cliff Mass Weather Blog reported.

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