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Alaska House speaker vote fails amid ongoing talks : Alaska House speaker vote fails amid ongoing talks

Feb 04, 2019 - The Canadian Press

JUNEAU, Alaska - A vote for permanent speaker of the Alaska House failed Monday amid ongoing efforts to organize the chamber.

Republican Rep. David Eastman sought to force a vote, which came three weeks into the session.

A vote for Republican Rep. Dave Talerico failed 20-20, after Democratic Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who also was nominated, declined to be considered for the time being.

While the 40-member House has 23 Republicans, lawmakers don't always organize along party lines. Wit...