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Dem Pollster Testing Binkley

Walker signed the budget.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 5, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Poll­ster Ivan Moore’s Alaska Sur­vey Re­search is polling on a hy­po­thet­ic­al “three-way race for gov­ernor between” Gov. Bill Walk­er (I), Sen. Mark Be­gich (D), and former state Sen. John Binkley (R). None of the three have de­clared their 2018 plans.

The takeaway: “Someone out there wants to get a read on a Binkley can­did­acy. … It’s doubt­ful that either Binkley or Be­gich pur­chased that ques­tion for the poll; Binkley would hire a dif­fer­ent poll­ster, as Moore is the Demo­crats’ go-to choice, and Be­gich uses Harstad Stra­tegic Re­search out of Col­or­ado.” (Must Read Alaska)

OF­FI­CIAL BUSI­NESS. “Walk­er signed Alaska’s an­nu­al op­er­at­ing budget in­to law Fri­day without line item ve­toes — a sharp con­trast from last year, when he used the veto to slash more than $1 bil­lion for Per­man­ent Fund di­vidends and oth­er pro­grams.

“The new budget spends $3.73 bil­lion in un­res­tric­ted gen­er­al funds on state agen­cies — about 3 per­cent less than the $3.86 bil­lion in last year’s budget. It also al­lots an es­tim­ated $1,100 for each Alaskan’s Per­man­ent Fund di­vidend. Law­makers re­duced the di­vidend amount by roughly half from what it would have been un­der the his­tor­ic­al for­mula used to cal­cu­late di­vidends.” (Alaska Dis­patch News)

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