The Albuquerque Journal has a story (subs. required) about how New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is courting blogs with as much fervor as he courts the mainstream media:

Richardson this summer traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., in part to court a nationwide convention of left-leaning Internet Web log contributors.

He spent Sunday afternoon chatting with another group of bloggers in Seattle. Last week, he launched into a plug for the blogging phenomenon during a speech at the National Association of Secretaries of State convention in Santa Fe.

"Bloggers are here to stay," Richardson said.  Maybe so, maybe not.  But paying attention to bloggers in 2006 (and in preparation for 2008) makes an awful lot of sense.