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Jenkins: Walker, politics and the Pebble Project

By Paul Jenkins | If a state’s chief executive does not trust the rule of law or a permitting process put in place by lawmakers to govern resources extraction why should anybody else? Why would any company – why would any investor, for that matter – risk doing business in a state that would seek […]

Jenkins: An example of horrible political behavior

By Paul Jenkins | If you are looking for a sterling example of horrible political behavior in this age of calculated umbrageousness, you need look no further than the recent loathsome Bee-ism from liberal Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Constant. In stunningly crude and surprising Facebook posts directed at the editor of a local news and commentary […]

Jenkins: Not much Alaskan about ‘Alaskans for Integrity’

Looking at the “Alaskans for Integrity” ballot initiative, one cannot help but sense what Yogi Berra called, “déjà vu all over again.” The initiative’s lead sponsors are Rep. Jason Grenn, an Anchorage independent who joined with the House Democrat majority last year, and Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, a Sitka Democrat. On its surface, the effort appears […]

Jenkins: Justice delayed…

By Paul Jenkins | Armed with federal grant money, Alaska belatedly is beginning to address its shameful backlog of so-called “rape kits” — a shocking 3,484 of them — collected by authorities in various jurisdictions over the years and untested for a variety of reasons. Alaska is not the only state struggling with a backlog. […]

Jenkins: Moose calving season requires DEFCON 1 vigilance – or risk being stomped to goo

By Paul Jenkins | By habit learned the hard way, leaving our house requires a quick look around for “bears, beavers and other critters,” as Jeremiah Johnson might say, before shutting the door — particularly nowadays. This is the time of year when moose tend to forage in the woods behind the house, fattening up […]

Jenkins: Using the Permanent Fund – courageous or nuts?

By Paul Jenkins | They are either courageous or nuts, take your pick. In an historic vote, 36 of Alaska’s 60 lawmakers waded into the deep end of the pool to use, for the first time, the state’s $64.6 billion Permanent Fund for its long-established purpose — underwriting government when oil revenues go “kersplat.” After […]

Jenkins: Vote by Mail – a lot of money for not much

By Paul Jenkins | It is always instructive, and a hoot, to sit back and watch our betters laboring mightily to improve our lives the only way they know how — by unabashedly spending more of our money. Anchorage’s first-ever vote-by-mail election is a case in point. It was touted as a surefire way to […]

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