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Paul Jenkins

With the frenzy surrounding announcement of a Bill Walker-Byron Mallott gubernatorial ticket -- some breathlessly call it “historic” -- you have to wade through a river of populist drivel to get to the meaty question: Who is Bill Walker?

Pardon me for noticing, but Walker -- a guy working hard to be everything to everybody, to be “inclusive” and “nonpartisan” -- is not who many Democrats may hope he is. There is somebody quite different wrapped in the Kool-Aid rhetoric...

Paul Jenkins

Imagine my shock at the headline: “Walker, Mallott Form Union Ticket to Oppose Parnell.” Holy cow! I thought. Finally, the unvarnished truth about this latest bit of cheesy political legerdemain and, boy, are the union guys going to be ticked off.

Ah, but, alas, no. On second reading, the headline actually said, “Unity,” not “Union.” So much for the bald truth in this brave new world of rank political chicanery that for the first time in Alaska’s voting history leaves Democrats off the gubernatorial ballot...

Paul Jenkins

It is a hoot to watch the political left, always prowling for new boogeymen to hate for fundraising purposes, as it hustles to chase down fresh victims. Take, for instance, its ginned-up war on the conservative Koch brothers. It is even more fun, despite the leftʼs herculean efforts, when Alaskans stare blankly and ask: Who?

A recent headline in Alaska Dispatch News, “ New US Senate ads in Fairbanks invoke Koch brothers, but local resonance is unclear ,” indicates there is some of that disconnect going on in the City of Frozen Pipes...

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You have to wonder about a state where elections sometimes are decided by a coin-flip or vitally important questions about its future are decided by one in three registered voters. Heck, one in three people here routinely wear tin-foil hats...

Paul Jenkins

With the hours ticking away until Tuesday’s primary election, the half-truths, whoppers and statistics apparently conjured from thin air are swirling like tornadoes through the debate about whether to repeal oil tax reform and return to the failed Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share oil tax...

Paul Jenkins

If you are laboring under the illusion that the Obama administration and its sycophants on the left care about Alaska Natives in King Cove or anyplace else, you might weigh what her highness, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, has to say: Just get over it.

King Cove, a flyspeck Aleut fishing village at the furthest reaches of the wind-blown Alaska Peninsula, some 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, for decades has sought a 9-mile, single-lane, gravel, connecting road through the 330,000-acre Izembek National Wildlife Refuge wilderness to nearby Cold Bay.

That former World War II military installation boasts an all-weather runway -- Alaska’s second-longest and a priceless asset in a remote region where ferocious weather is the norm...

Paul Jenkins

Liberal Democrat Mark Begich is praying for a second lightning strike in this cherry-red state as he struggles to transmogrify himself -- zaaaap! -- into something more palatable to Alaskans than a tax-and-spender beholden to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

Begich wants, even needs, Alaskans to embrace him as something of a moderate, an everyman, a -- heaven forgive me -- Mark Murkowski, of sorts. Sidelined and politically neutered by Reid’s protective instincts in this election year, Begich has decided the best way to polish his creds is to surf Lisa Murkowski’s wake. If he can hurt her politically in the process, if he can damage her re-election chances down the road, hey, so much the better...

Paul Jenkins

While the Environmental Protection Agency pursues its dubious war on the proposed Pebble mine project, and the end-justifies-any-means crowd applauds, we should be asking: Which project is next and how far will we allow this federal agency to exceed its lawful authority?

Make no mistake, the EPA’s headlong rush to block Pebble before its developers can submit a detailed development plan to state and federal regulators -- even before the project can be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, even before completion of an environmental impact statement -- is only part of the story...

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The nettlesome brawl over oil taxation in Alaska at its core is no more than a clash between radically different, competing political ideologies. It is not a small divergence, mind you; it is a Grand Canyon among philosophical divides.

At one end of the spectrum, government is an all-powerful decider, a provider and divider with first claim on wealth, an arbitrary arbitrator of who gets what in an intrusive welfare state. At the other, the “he who governs least governs best” notion of government holds sway...

Paul Jenkins

Given Alaskaʼs political landscape, when do you think Democrats will scare up somebody -- almost anybody will do, actually -- to jump into the post-primary race as a viable third-party conservative candidate for Mark Begichʼs Senate seat? Without that magical person, Begich could be toast.

In Alaska, an uncracked citadel for conservatives -- not Republicans, mind you, conservatives -- a liberal Democrat, especially an acolyte of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama, would have a tough time in a smack-down with a Republican who has not been ambushed and smeared by, say, the Justice Department. If the Democrat in question was the deciding vote for Obamacare, his problems could only multiply...

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