Joel Connelly

I worked for Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1973 until it ceased print publication in 2009, and SeattlePI.com 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.

Depleted Western Washington Federal Court Gains Pathbreaking New Judges

The Western Washington district is one place where the Trump Administration did not pack the federal bench.  It began the year with just two active judges – Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez and Judge Richard Jones – while relying on work of nine senior judges.

Why Two “Impeachment” Washington House Republicans are Going Their Separate Ways

The fortunes of Republicans Jamie Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse have diverged recently on how to deal with holding TrumpWorld accountable.

Our National Parks are being Loved to Death

The popularity explosion goes beyond national parks, however; witness the early October “golden week” in the Cascades and Rockies when needles on Lyall’s larches in the high country turn gold.  Long lines of cars are parked at the Biue Lake and Maple Pass Loop trailheads near Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway.

New Poll: Harrell With Strong Lead, Plus Some Surprises

One surprise: Incumbent Teresa Mosqueda leads in the second at-large Council race, but only by a 39-31 percent margin over structural engineer Kenneth Wilson, a surprise primary runner-up who spent almost no money on his campaign.

US (Finally) Opens The Doors To Canada, Mexico

During the border closure, many separated families have staged meetups, talking across the border at the Peace Arch Park in Blaine and at 0 Avenue in Douglas, B.C.

Leftward Ho! Washington Environmental Groups Make a Risky Political Bet

Heads are shaking among longtime acquaintances in the environmental movement.  Its victories over the years have come not via bullhorns and woke-left Tweets -- rather, through inclusion and finding common ground.

How America Survived the ‘Peril’ of an Enraged Donald Trump

One little-noticed incident in the book describes what Seattle Rep. Adam Smith heard from the insurrectionists on the plane returning to SeaTac. Scary, anti-Semitic stuff.

How You Protect the Olympic Peninsula Wilderness

About the only place you can still see “No Wild Olympics” signs are beside Trump for President yard signs on the south shore of Lake Quinault.  The south shore is a redoubt of property rights activists with a history of adversarial relations with the National Park Service.

Grrr: Attorney General Bob Ferguson Versus the Growlers

As the AG took questions, Ferguson was interrupted by a sudden earsplitting roar. A Growler jet passed low overhead.  The jet circled south, made a pass over the Naval Outlying Landing Field, just south of Coupeville, and came around again.

Hung Jury: Justin Trudeau’s $600 Million Election Gamble Results in Status Quo

The Trudeaus, pere et fils, have won seven of eight national elections they have contested dating back to 1968 (three years before Justin was born).  They have shown a ferocity whenever their hold on power was threatened.

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