From Andrew Sheeler’s story about Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s visit to Ketchikan. Sullivan’s running for lieutenant governor:
“If I was governor today, I’d probably invade ANWR. I mean, what are they going to do, shoot you?…Well they might, but you know, martyrdom goes a long way sometimes.”
Sullivan declined to offer his stance on same-sex marriage, which Alaska voters passed a constitutional amendment to ban in 1998. That ban recently was challenged in federal court by five Alaska same-sex couples…Citing his potential involvement in litigating the matter or overseeing a related ballot initiative if elected lieutenant governor, Sullivan declared his neutrality on the subject at the Chamber lunch.
That neutrality didn’t extend to this year’s crop of initiatives: Sullivan said he is opposed to initiatives to repeal SB21, Parnell’s signature oil-tax reform law; legalize and regulate marijuana much as Colorado does; raise the minimum wage in Alaska to $8.75 an hour in 2015 and $9.75 in 2016; and bar the Pebble Mine project from going forward.