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.

Another Post-Sawant Contender: Alex Hudson Jumps into the City Council Race

“My commitment to progressive change is second to none, but I believe in building bridges, not driving wedges."

Republicans Launch a Dubious Lawsuit Over Mail-in Ballot Signatures

Hostility to mail-in voting, along with casting suspicion, became part of the 2020 Trump reelection strategy, and the evolving plot to challenge election results if “the Donald” lost. 

The “Washington Eight”: Washington Women in Congress

They are a diverse crew with distinctive personalities, different interests, and a staying power that is yielding political power.

Rivals Jump in to Challenge Sawant

Joy Hollingsworth drew a crowd of 200 supporters on a holiday Monday to announce her Seattle City Council candidacy.

The Myth of the Republicans’ Scary IRS Enforcement Army

The House Republicans’ IRS bill is mostly for show.

Pope Francis, 86, and his Big Challenge

A key battleground is America, where there is a well-organized group opposing "Team Francis" on cultural issues.

Out on a High Note: How Tina Podlodowski Rode a Blue Wave

Washington has completed its transition from borderline “purple” to being a solidly “blue” Democratic state.

Republicans Melt Down Over Speaker Election

Ironically, the 20 anti-McCarthy votes went to election denier Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who himself nominated McCarthy.

Recipes and Other Trophies from an Investigating Reporter

The richness of this book comes as much on its essays about places and people as in cooking instructions. 

2022: A Close Call but We Survived

Democracies have turned back aggression and regression, for now.  As Biden noted, however, what’s needed is “a fresh start for our nation.”