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.

Power Ranking: What Will Washington’s Delegation Look Like in a Democratic Congress?

The old delegation cohesion is history. The rivalry between Berniecrats and “corporate Democrats” (as they're known on the left) is likely to go on.. But there is power in the delegation from this Washington, sure to be unlocked if Democrats control Congress.

Ah yes, the Process: Trump Slows Alaska Pebble Mine, Pushes Ahead on Wilderness Drilling

The administration punted on Monday, giving Pebble Mine developers 90 days to come up with additional measures to protect “aquatic life” in the area. A moment for celebration, especially with all the fishing boats that go north to Alaska? No!!!!  The administration has other major projects to drill, mine, and log in the 49th state.

Alaska Thaw… And A Political Earthquake?

Political life in Alaska has long put it all together:  Pungent personalities, corruption scandals, enduring family feuds, plus a candidate for Vice President impersonated by Tina Fey on Saturday...

Remembering The Cool Intelligence Of Slade Gorton

Gorton was often difficult to love – unless you worked for him. But respect for the man, even grudgingly given, rose over the years.

Trump Revives Alaska’s Pebble Mine, Igniting The Mother of All Mining Fights

“The science is clear: You can’t put a gold and copper mine on top of the most productive salmon run in the world and not have substantial and permanent damage,” Sen. Cantwell said last week. “Salmon and mining simply don’t mix.”

A Statewide Republican Primary Resurgence?

Looking at the primary results, there's at least some reason to think that the Republicans are strengthening their holds on the regions not directly visible from atop the Space Needle.

Tuesday’s Primaries: The Berniecrats Go Down

The Asteroid issue failed to take off for one “Berniecrat” challenging a down-to-earth Washington congressman, as insurgencies from the left continued to fizzle in races for Congress.

BC: Isolating From The Pandemic Next Door

A policy of self-isolation appears – or appeared – to have been working. British Columbia has experienced just over 3,500 cases of the coronavirus, and 193 deaths. Washington has witnessed 52,635 cases and 1,501 deaths. B.C. has a population of 5.1 million, compared to 7 million for her neighbor to the south.