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)