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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...

Paul Jenkins

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...

Paul Jenkins

Americans are being treated to the spectacle of a lawless president ridiculing, even taunting, congressional opponents in a tawdry political charade, pretending necessity is his raison d'être for ignoring the Constitution to run his empire by executive bluster.

"Middle-class families can't wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff," Barack Obama huffed in a recent speech anointing himself America's savior. "So sue me. As long as they're doing nothing, I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something."...

Paul Jenkins

Watching the vicious attack on former Gov. Tony Knowles by people willing to stoop to anything to repeal badly needed oil tax reform is enough to give anybody the creeps. The question no longer is: What will these people do? The question now is: What will they not do?

Knowles' detractors shrink from truth as they would the plague, and it is easy to believe they simply suffer from some form of debilitating, collective mental illness -- even beyond that normally associated with liberalism. Not much else explains the insanity.

The "Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway" organization -- yes, even its name is a lie; there is no oil tax giveaway -- cannot separate honest disagreement on the issues from the slimy art of character assassination...

Paul Jenkins

While the brawl for Mark Begich's purloined Senate seat offers a shopping cart full of red meat for political junkies who revel in politics as blood sport, the race for Alaska's top state job is a snoozefest.

Imagine yourself sprawled comfortably in an overstuffed chair on a warm summer afternoon, watching baseball, listening to the announcer's drone -- and fighting to stay awake. The race featuring Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott, Independent Bill Walker and a handful of lesser luminaries is every bit of that, and less...

Paul Jenkins

As we sink into election madness and Democrats work themselves into a tizzy trying to destroy GOP contender Dan Sullivan, it becomes ever more clear Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell -- if not simply lucky -- may be the smartest guy in the race for the Senate seat stolen by Mark Begich in 2008.

A Dittman poll of 500 likely GOP primary voters in 50 communities during the last days of May -- and it was not paid for by either Treadwell or Sullivan -- showed the two running neck-and-neck, or well within the poll's margin of error of 4.4 percent. Respondents were asked: "In the Republican Primary election for U.S. Senate, who would you most likely vote for if the election were held today...?"...

Paul Jenkins

If anything is clear in this political season so far, it is this: Mark Begich's liberal pals are increasingly desperate to hamstring the guy they fear in their black little hearts Begich will face -- and, if so, likely lose to -- in the November general election.

The tipoff? With the August primary still months away, Begich and Put Alaska First, a liberal super PAC, are pounding Dan Sullivan relentlessly with increasingly shrill ads -- and preparing to spend millions more to crank up the volume. It does not appear they are remotely aware there are other Republicans running for Begich's seat...

Paul Jenkins

Last year, I wrote: "If you thought the Environmental Protection Agency was a power-mad, greenie-driven federal behemoth intent on preemptively blocking development of the Pebble prospect on state land at any cost, well, hang on, it turns out you are not alone."

Well, hang on, it also turns out you would not be wrong.

Seduced by its own omnipotence and green zealotry, the EPA has gone completely off the rails about Pebble. It no longer is concerned with playing fair, or the law or science. It is concerned with getting its way...

Paul Jenkins

After subjecting myself to a dose of Sen. Mark Begich re-election television ads -- somebody pass the NoDoz, please -- only a few questions remain. When is this guy going to cure cancer, prevent ingrown toenails and take a moment out of his hectic schedule to silence the guns in the Middle East?

He takes credit for just about everything else -- well, except for the mess he left behind in Anchorage as mayor and his critical Obamacare vote as senator...

Paul Jenkins

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