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Jenkins: Alaska Rep. Reinbold defies caucus, and her constituents pay the price

By Paul Jenkins When I was a kid in Florida, my dad let me use his car for the evening. It was an MGA, a wire-wheeled wonder I dreamed of getting upon graduation. He warned me not to take it to Daytona Beach that night — or else. “You understand?” he asked. No beach. Or […]

Jenkins: Alaska needs more people like June Stein

By Paul Jenkins If you are around politics long enough, you come to know there is but a single certainty: It is as nasty as the floor of a bologna factory, and twice as messy. Eventually, unless you have the soul of a dung beetle, it will turn your stomach. Take, for instance, the shameful […]

Jenkins: Walker’s wrong-way gas line plan hits wall of opposition

By Paul Jenkins Gov. Bill Walker now finds himself at loggerheads with lawmakers correctly cranky about his grandiose expansion plans for the $10 billion Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. His idea is to have ASAP compete with the $65 billion Alaska LNG Project, even though that could ball up the state’s business relationship with producers, who […]

Jenkins: Gas line policy? Walker is either crazy like a fox or crazy as a loon

By Paul Jenkins So, there you are, Big Oil Inc. plugging away, spending hundreds of millions of dollars doing prep work for a long-awaited $65 billion liquefied natural gas project to monetize vast North Slope reserves. After fits and starts spanning decades, a gas line finally may make economic sense, you are thinking. It would […]

Jenkins: About time Murkowski takes the gloves off in dealing with Interior

By Paul Jenkins An angry Sen. Lisa Murkowski finally has Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s attention — and all it took was a not-so-veiled threat to bite a chunk out of Jewell’s department budget. Murkowski has had a snootful of the Obama administration’s myopic energy policies and view of Alaska as a second-class colony with interests […]

Jenkins: Daylight saving in Alaska – Grab your tinfoil hats

By Paul Jenkins, ADN Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Note to self: Buy more stock in the Outhouse Rat Tin Foil Hat Co. because the wackadoodles will be breaking out of Bonkersville in short order. Lawmakers, it turns out, are thinking about exempting Alaska from daylight saving time. They might as well be deciding […]

Jenkins: The left, blind to its own fat cats, reviles Koch brothers to no avail

By Paul Jenkins What is it with liberals and the Koch brothers? Our “progressive” friends must spend an inordinate amount of time peeking beneath their beds each night to ensure those ol’ boogeymen are not hiding there. If you believe the left — and, really, who does? — the libertarian businessmen and philanthropists are devils […]

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