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2/15/2019
What’s right

Whether it was the shock of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s proposed budget or Dillingham Rep. Bryce Edgmon changing his voter registration, the Alaska House of Representatives has organized 30 days into the legislative session. Maybe it was something else.

Whichever it is, the Alaska House has selected Edgmon as its speaker.

Edgmon changed his registration from Democrat to “undeclared” earlier this week.

The result is that instead of Republican-led leadership, a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and two independents — the other is Ketchikan’s Dan Ortiz — will control the House.

Two Anchorage Republicans, Chuck Kopp and Jennifer Johnston, supported Edgmon to break the four-week stall, doing what respected lawmakers do — setting politics aside to do what’s right.

Doing what’s right is what Alaskans expect, particularly in light of Dunleavy proposing a budget that essentially eliminates the state’s $1.6. billion deficit in one smack. It woke up more than one House member undoubtedly.

All that remains is for the Legislature and Dunleavy to do what’s right for Alaska — all of Alaska.