Paul Jenkins

At the risk of making Tea Party Express folks even nuttier than usual, let me offer this: Lisa Murkowski should continue her race against Joe Miller for the U.S. Senate seat she holds. You read right. Against Joe Miller. For the U.S. Senate. As a write-in, if necessary.

When she graciously conceded the race to Miller last week after the GOP primary, Murkowski said it was for the good of Alaska. It was classy, but she was dreadfully wrong...

Paul Jenkins

With an economic monster scuttling around in the state's fiscal attic, it is nothing short of astounding that so many Alaskans -- at least those who bothered to vote in last week's Republican primary -- seem satisfied to embrace the status quo in the state's top office.

Mind you, it was an odd, unfocused, angry election, even bitter at times -- a hard row to hoe just to get more of the same when what we desperately need is change...

Paul Jenkins

With the primary election just around the corner, I offer this: Voting for Ballot Measure 1 makes every bit as much sense as buying into Gov. Sean Parnell's campaign ad touting his spending cuts. It would be dumb.

The measure -- euphemistically tagged the "Alaska Anti-Corruption Act" -- is beyond bad; beyond a bald affront to the Constitution. Spawned in the frenzied federal political corruption probe of 2007 and bordering on the bizarre, the measure is a nasty bit of work.

Its shadowy backers bailed out on trying to get it passed, peeling off at about the same time the state started getting curious about their money. They blamed the "corrupt" system. All of that should tell us something...

Paul Jenkins

Everybody, it seems, has a Ted Stevens tale. Larger than life, he was a human dynamo, an Incredible Hulk, an important guy in a world of important guys, but a guy who made time for ordinary people with ordinary problems. He was a guy who remembered names. A guy who penned personal notes to constituents and people he had just met. A guy who defined class.

Some will tell you they ran across him in an airport, or in a restaurant, or how he just walked up and started chatting with them, or how, with no fanfare, he helped them. Others who visited him in Washington were flabbergasted when he took time to buy them traditional bean soup for lunch in the Senate cafeteria...

Paul Jenkins

Absolutely mind-boggling. That's the only way to describe the homophobic frenzy among the dull-eyed, slack-jawed droolers panicked over the idea, the very notion, that gay folks, and lesbians too, believe they have rights like the rest of us. Just like us.

Imagine. Those who oppose equal rights for gays and lesbians are quick to worry that theirs are being trampled; that God will not love us anymore if we do not hate gays and lesbians. They fret God will strike Alaska stupid. (In my humble view, after reading some of the comments in the newspaper, He -- or She -- has a good start on that already.)...

Paul Jenkins

Just when you think government cannot get worse, short of human sacrifice or a ban on jelly doughnuts, along comes the Anchorage Assembly, a lunch bucket packed with hubris, lousy ideas and ersatz politicos eyeing the political barometer and ignoring common sense...

Paul Jenkins

If the presidential election were today and Sarah Palin somehow topped the Republican ticket, and even if she were joined in the race by an orangutan named Bob, and they were facing Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden -- or an idiot to be named later -- I would be forced to vote for her. Yeah, that's right. Vote -- for her. Sarah Palin. And Bob.

Embracing that reality makes me want to shower, and it is an acknowledgment that our political system has imploded. I'm the proud owner of a "Hater" T-shirt, for crying out loud, but the future is increasingly clear. If this nation is subjected to another four years of Obama's lunacy, it likely is finished, kaput, toasted...

Paul Jenkins

When do you suppose government stopped working for us and we started working for government? When did our elected officials become royalty?

There was no memo; no Internet video; no meeting. One day, without warning, they switched from servants to haughty masters.

In Washington, D.C., while ignoring history, our betters are spending this nation into bankruptcy and pocketing as much freedom as they can. In Alaska -- at the state and local level -- government arrogance is pandemic, and getting worse. State officials ignore public records law and refuse to amend Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share, a stifling oil tax choking off North Slope exploration, investment and job creation...

Paul Jenkins

It did not take long. The battle is under way in Chicago over "reasonable" gun control, a loophole left as the Supreme Court scrapped that city's onerous handgun ban and ruled the Second Amendment does -- surprise! -- bind cities and states.

The ink barely was dry on the court's June 28 decision when Chicago's Democrat-controlled Assembly stampeded to again shield the city from the Constitution with yet another imbecilic gun control law. This one, among other things, restricts handgun possession to inside the home, mandates firearms training and imposes permits. It also limits possession of long guns to places of business...

Paul Jenkins

Sean Parnell is not the guy. Not for governor. Not now. Not in these iffy economic times. At best, he is Palin-lite; at worst, he's a big spender who parses the constitution to bend the rules. Alaska needs somebody steady at the helm, unafraid to rock the boat to get the ship of state back on course. Sean Parnell is not the guy.

Most clearly disagree with me. Recent polls show Parnell racking up 60 percent to 70 percent approval ratings in Alaska, give or take. Those will drop, but a snapshot survey in early May by Rasmussen Reports shows he handily would cream any of the Democrats running for the state's top elected office, and he is the early runaway favorite in the GOP primary...

Paul Jenkins

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