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.

Why the Keystone State will be Key in the ’22 Election

No place is more pivotal than Pennsylvania, where Donald Trump has yet to concede his narrow loss to Joe Biden two years ago.

Battling Cancer, B.C. Premier Horgan to Step Down

Horgan, leader of the New Democratic Party, was a temperamental opposition leader but has proven an avuncular head of government. 

Three Reasons Public Confidence in the Supreme Court has Plunged

It is hard to like or respect this Court.

Jim McDermott: The Good and Bad of Serving in Congress

The book is a sharp, spot-on critique of Capitol Hill’s current clumsy dysfunction. Congress used to be collegial, with friendships across the aisle and a transactional culture of accommodating varied interests. No more.

How J.T. Wilcox Hopes to Hatch a Republican Comeback

New Republican challengers are promising not to undo decades of social progress and to avoid the scary laws other state Republicans have favored.

Flay and Flatter: Tina Brown Does the Royals

Tina Brown is at heart a royalist. The former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor is a Brit who moves in upper crust circles. But she is also a wickedly funny and perceptive writer. 

In Tough Primary, Herrera Beutler Pitches Democrats

With an open August primary, and Democrats not fielding a major challenger in 2022, Herrera Beutler is courting the D’s base. 

Good News (and Polling Numbers) for Patty Murray

The latest trip into the polling field finds a stabilized race, Murray ahead.

British Columbia to Decriminalize Possession of Hard Drugs

"By decriminalizing people who use drugs, we will break down the stigma that stops people from accessing lifesaving support and services.”

Dead. Done. Finished (Right?): EPA Weighs in On a Gold Mine in Bristol Bay

The mine, with its potential impact on fisheries, has drawn unprecedented opposition that has spread from the fishing industry and Alaska natives to the state’s politicians. 

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