Analysis: When it comes to replacing Speakers Paul Ryan and Joe Straus, your vote belongs to someone else

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Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Joe Straus and Paul Ryan are quitting, leaving the Texas and U.S. houses in some state of shock — and the rest of us wondering what all the fuss is about. The two speakers are the most powerful elected officials most of us never vote for. Straus is one of 150 members of the Texas House, installed by the voters of his San Antonio district. Ryan one of 435 U.S. representatives, elected by voters in his home in Wisconsin. Both were put in high office by their peers — not by their voters. That ma...

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