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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ex-Dallas mayor Ron Kirk to help lead lobbying group

By ELIZABETH SOUDER - The Dallas Morning News - Monday, October 22, 2007

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk will help lead a lobbying group that stumps for deregulation of electricity markets.

Mr. Kirk, a partner with law firm Vinson & Elkins who ushered the TXU Corp. buyout through the Texas Legislature, will be co-chairman of the Compete Coalition.

The coalition said in a press release Monday that former Oklahoma Republican senator Don Nickles will also be co-chairman of the group.

People in several states have begun debating whether deregulation is such a good idea, in light of higher prices. In Texas, a few policy makers have said they worry that the state’s deregulated market could be in jeopardy, though no one has used the R-word here: Re-regulate.

The coalition also said Monday it launched an advertising campaign supporting deregulation.
Read more in the Dallas Morning News

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