Watching Government: Local politics

Energy politics is local. So it's logical Washington, DC, isn't the only place this spring where politicians will be revisiting energy regulation. Thirty-six states will elect governors this year, several from oil-producing states. Many of the candidates are Washington veterans, seeking perhaps to broaden their political resumés with the hopes of coming back to Washington again either as a senator, or for the truly ambitious (and what politician isn't?), president.Outside of Washington, three of the gubernatorial candidates are also well-known to industry: former Sec. of Energy Bill Richardson (D), who served in the administration of President Bill Clinton, is running f...

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