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Joel Connelly


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Joel:

Top 25 places to see and experience in Washington before you die

We've rounded up 25 places in the Evergreen State you must see, visit, experience, and... → Read More

6 tips for safe outdoor recreation in Washington during the pandemic

Dating back to The Mountaineers' "Ten Essentials," required stuff to pack for a... → Read More

25 places in Washington to see and experience before you die

Washington has places to die for, although we can forget that during the dreary, short days of the winter. But this is the season for planning adventures. Scroll down for 25 places in the Evergreen State that you must see, visit, experience and sometimes exert yourself before you die. → Read More

AG Bob Ferguson: Require police report use of deadly force, and disclosure to public

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to require law enforcement agencies to disclose all uses of deadly force, and that reports be made part of a website accessible to all citizens. → Read More

Connelly: Unmasking America's chaotic coronavirus response

Washington is having a debate over Gov. Jay Inslee's mask-wearing mandate. Blowhard resistance mirrors the chaotic national response to the coronavirus. The Evergreen State has played by the rules and fared relatively well. Do we stop now? → Read More

Connelly: Message to political extremes left and right – Don't mess with Seattle

Seattle is being ripped at by extremist of the left and the right. Time to move beyond the loud noise and get the city talking constructively. → Read More

House passes Democrats' police reform bill backed by Washington members

The U.S. House of Representatives, on a 236-191 vote, Thursday night passed a sweeping police reform bill named in honor of Minneapolis murder victim George Floyd. → Read More

Washington Gov. Inslee defends requiring masks: 'You don't want to kill somebody else'

Under political attack over his requirement that Washington citizens wear masks in indoor and outdoor social settings, Gov. Jay Inslee hits back: "You don't want to kill somebody else." → Read More

Connelly: Achievers I've witnessed in public life over my 47-year career with the

From the eyes of an about-to-retire journalist who covered them all, SeattlePI reporter and political columnist Joel Connelly takes a look back at 13 public figures in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia who made a difference and protected a very liveable corner of the globe. → Read More

The 'Bigfoot' newspaper columnist: An endangered species

How does column writing survive in an era when anybody and everybody - even an off-the-wall president - can hold forth on Facebook and Twitter? Remembering the last days of the big time East Coast newspaper columnists dubbed "Bigfeet." → Read More

CHOP occupation puts Seattle in crosshairs of Trump and the political right

The CHOP zone on Capitol Hill has put Seattle in the crosshairs of America's political right, from President Trump, to Sen. Rubio, to Fox News and the Washington State Republican party. Is it working? → Read More

Fox News poll gives Biden a 12-point lead: Trump fumes

Fox News, Donald Trump's favorite network, is out with a poll showing Joe Biden with a 12-point lead in the 2020 presidential race. Trump is fuming, tweets: "Fox is terrible." → Read More

Supreme Court's DACA decision: Washington played a role

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling, blocking the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACAS) program, is not only a relief for so-called "Dreamers" but also the 29th legal victory over the Trump administration for Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. → Read More

Labor Council expels Seattle Police Officers Guild from its ranks

The Seattle Police Officers Guild has been expelled from the Martin Luther King Council Labor Council, which had insisted that the Guild address racism in its ranks. → Read More

A policy wonk for Washington's great outdoors — Cantwell in big Senate win

The Great American Outdoors Act, passed Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, is a big boon for public lands in Washington. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was a key architect. She has now helped push two big public lands bills with Trump in the White House. → Read More

Trans-pride flag flies briefly over courthouse in rural Washington, celebrating LGBTQ ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A transgender activist in remote, conservative Republic, Wash., celebrates by raising a Trans pride flag over the Ferry County Courthouse. It stays up for less than two hours. → Read More

Connelly: Cultural clash – Washington to vote on sex education

Washington is almost certain to vote on sex education this November. The Legislature, in March, created a mandatory, age-appropriate sexual health education requirement in the state's public schools. It starts in kindergarten and lasts through high school. Opponents - evangelicals, the Catholic Church, Republicans - have collected 266,000 signatures to put a referendum on the general election… → Read More

Anarchists 'takeover' of Seattle: More threats, distortions from Trump

Trump decries "anarchist takeover" of Seattle. And then threatens intervention: "If we have to go in, we're going to go." But then suggests Gov. Jay Inslee do it. → Read More

Quiet pleasures: Going back to a Seattle neighborhood restaurant that knows you

They know me and I know their food. A scribe visits the Madrona Arms for first indoor restaurant meal since early March. The Whiskey Crab Soup is served in a plastic container, but is still delicious. → Read More

Trump makes Tweet threat to 'take back' Seattle

President Trump cut loose in a tweet Wednesday night by ordering Washington state and local officials to "take back" Seattle, and threatened to do the job if they do not. → Read More