Watching Government: Back home

Oil companies may lose an important Washington, DC, ally soon.Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.), until recently the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will run for Alaska governor next year. He told reporters he will be a more effective governor than a senator in the minority party. Democrats took control of the Senate last May."Now, I'm not setting America's energy policy in the United States Senate. [New Mexico Sen.] Jeff Bingaman is," he said Oct. 23.Yet, given the Senate Democrats' narrow majority, Republicans could regain control over energy policy in a year or two. But Murkowski says his time has come and gone. Seniority rules limit him from reassumi...

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