Paul Jenkins

The Anchorage Assembly lost its collective mind when it abandoned the notion of everybody paying equally their fair share of city taxes to provide services we all receive. It now believes it can single out select, small groups using legal products and tax them mercilessly because it is, after all, best for the children.

It is cynical, predatory government at its worst.

Eight Assembly members last week voted to increase the city cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack to bring in perhaps $6.2 million. That would make the city levy on cigarettes $2.21 a pack. That is in addition to the $3-a-pack state and federal taxes already in place...

Paul Jenkins

Listening to radio mouth Dan Fagan hectoring his listeners to go to the Division of Elections and register as write-in candidates to derail Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election campaign by confusing voters was -- and I'm being kind here -- disgusting.

You could argue his actions amounted to purposeful tampering with the Nov. 2 balloting and, frankly, poor judgment bordering on gross stupidity. Fagan, a Miller shill, admitted he was "only tampering with the election so the right candidate wins. ... I'm only trying to trick voters so the right candidate gets the victory." No kidding...

Paul Jenkins

As the Joe Miller Looney Tunes Express chugs toward Tuesday, somebody needs to point out the obvious: No rational person, nobody in complete command of his or her faculties could possibly vote for Miller. Nobody. A vote for him, after all, is a vote for the bottom of the barrel, the dregs in our political system.

Without meaning to, this guy has told Alaskans who he is. What do we know about him at this point? Let's see: He desperately needs us to believe he is a war hero. He is secretive. He is an admitted liar. He lied about Lisa Murkowski's record in the Senate. He lied about receiving farm subsidies. He lied about using Fairbanks North Star Borough time and equipment for political purposes -- and who knows what else?...

Paul Jenkins

Joe Miller's campaign is in a wad of trouble. He cannot get his story, any story, straight, and Alaska voters are wondering why in the world he has so much trouble with the truth. They are wondering: Is he nuts? The answer, at least based on the prevailing cosmic weirdness, may well be, "You betcha."

Forget that he repeatedly lied about and mischaracterized Lisa Murkowski's Senate record in the primary election and that his vocal posse of cortex-impaired true believers continue that misbegotten dodge. Forget the hero business. The indigent fishing license fiasco...

Paul Jenkins

There is something comical about Alaska Democrats hustling hither and yon to make somebody -- anybody -- believe their pick for U.S. Senate, Scott McAdams, has even a tiny prayer in the general election. You could almost feel sorry for them -- except they are Democrats.

Their "Alice in Wonderland" story line goes like this: Nobody has won a write-in campaign in Alaska. Never. And nobody ever will. Supporting Murkowski, they say, is a waste of time. Support our guy, instead...

Paul Jenkins

It was hard to look at him, lying there shattered, on a bloody stretcher, blown to doll rags. A fine mist washed the helipad. A bag of saline flopped back and forth, buffeted by rotor wash. He was puffing on a cigarette, in shock, I suppose. I thought I could see smoke curling up from a hole in his chest. That triggered the first wave of nausea.

Much of his muddy uniform was blown away; what clung to him was in tatters. One boot was gone. He was filthy and bleeding from more wounds than I could count. "Is my ear OK?" he asked, coughing. I could not tell. I told him it was. Then I got sick...

Paul Jenkins

While knock-down, drag-out political theater has captured Alaskans' attention for the past few weeks, some very unsettling news is going virtually unnoticed, that in perhaps as few as four years, Alaska may find itself in a fiscal pickle.

Kevin Meyers, Conoco Phillips' North American exploration and production senior vice president, told the Alaska World Trade Center annual conference that with no new oil discoveries, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline -- the one that provides 90 percent of state revenues -- could in a few years dry up to a minimum operating level of 500,000 barrels daily. Small discoveries, efficiencies and new developments near known fields could perhaps stretch it to eight, he said...

Paul Jenkins

Finally, a true-blue Republican is running for governor of Alaska. A real, live Republican with big, business-friendly Republican ideas. Too bad he's a Democrat.

Ethan Berkowitz is the biggest surprise in this gubernatorial election campaign. He does not even sound like a pesky Democrat when he's espousing his "Alaskan Ownership Stake" idea, which has left Gov. Sean 'Mr. Quo' Parnell in the dust...

Paul Jenkins

The tea party movement -- independent collections of furious citizens -- is worrisome. Democrats, in the blackest corners of their evil hearts, could not have come up with a better scam to derail Republicans in a critical election year.

As rage against incumbents, party leadership and the government swirls across the nation, Senate tea party primary winners -- Alaska's Joe Miller, Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ken Buck of Colorado and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin -- have taken hard-line positions on everything from regulatory changes to Social Security to the Department of Education that could shove the GOP far to the right...

Paul Jenkins

So, I'm talking to my buddy, Izzo, the other day about Alaska politics.

We don't yak about it much anymore because he gets nuts. You wind him up; the next thing you know he's chucking a beer mug through a computer screen. The cops even had to come once.

Izzo, it turns out, is really amped about the upcoming Alaska U.S. Senate election, where the Outside-funded Tea Party Express managed to toss up for grabs a perfectly safe GOP Senate seat -- one with a head start on seniority.

My pal really admires Joe Miller. He even fidgets when he talks about him. It's creepy.

"This guy knows the secret," Izzo says, getting worked up. "He knows it...

Paul Jenkins

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