Most expect Eagle River Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold will seek the open seat.
In the final days of the session, the Legislature finally approved a smoke-free workplaces bill that’s been in the works for five years.
Senate Bill 63 has been locked up in the House Rules Committee for the nearly the entire session. It’s finally scheduled to be up for a vote today, which is likely to be the final day of the session.
A last-minute amendment by a former bar owner targeting distilleries and breweries snarled a fix to the distillery the cocktail issue and years of negotiations on alcohol laws.
Guttenberg made the announcement to the monthly meeting at the Fairbanks Laborers’ hall, which helped launch his political career.
The bill restructures the permanent fund to pay for government, formalizing what the Legislature was already planning on doing. Some say it’ll act like a spending limit, others worry it’ll be easily ignored.
The move sets up a head-to-head race between Walker (or another Democrat) and the eventual Republican candidate.
Walker’s approval rating collapsed after the PFD veto. Now it’s seven points below his highest ever rating.
There’s additional polling out on the race for governor.
Nearly a third of respondents didn’t recognize Dunleavy, a former state senator.