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.

“Boys in the Boat” and the Politics of the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Olympics had been designed as a showpiece for the Third Reich. The Olympic torch was carried, for the first time, from Athens to the site of the games. Athletes were greeted by a new Olympic hymn composed by Richard Strauss.

Iowa is Cold in January. The Presidential Politics is Hot

Iowa is a place where candidacies can catch fire. Or get their comeuppance.

The Epic Battles to Protect the Olympic Peninsula

The Wild Olympics bill, mired in Congress for years, is wildly popular in these parts, at least when measured against the state’s past wilderness battles.

Pope Francis: Bless (Not Approve) Same-Sex Relationships

The action is welcome, a correction of what many in the laity think to be a clerical error. It will also be unsettling to influential and entrenched conservatives in the American Catholic hierarchy.

House Republicans Press Forward on Formal Impeachment Inquiry

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, kicked off floor debate Wednesday, saying: “We are here for one reason and one reason alone: Donald Trump demanded that Republicans impeach and they are going to impeach.”

Remembering John Kennedy and his Legacies

“We will never laugh again,” columnist Mary McGrory told her friend Daniel Moynihan, to which he replied, “Mary, we will laugh again but we will never be young again.”

Two Northwest Congressional Races with National Implications

Republican challengers are already lining up to oppose Mary Peltola in Alaska and Marie Gluesenkamp-Perez in Washington state, two Blue Dog Democrats in Republican strongholds.

The Supremes: Ethics as a “Suggestion”

Chief Justice Roberts declared: “I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted.”

Governor’s Race Polling Surprise: Dave Reichert Leads Bob Ferguson

It's a surprising finding from a statewide survey of 750 voters taken for the Northwest Progressive Institute.

Pope Francis Plays Hardball, Sacking a Hostile Texas Bishop

Bishops put in place by Francis’ traditionalist predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, tend to be the company men of Catholicism, not listening agents.