Dan Rodricks: Vanished faces of a West Virginia boom town

Mark Norris

Gas tax, health care complicate Tennessee governor's race

The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

State Sen. Mark Green was supposed to capture to the core of President Donald Trump's supporters.

And term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal was supposed to fall flat, avoiding political difficulties for House Speaker Beth Harwell.

But none of that has happened as expected, leaving an unsettled Republican field for the 2018 gubernatorial nomination.

The bid to replace and repeal the health care law fell apart, and Black, who chairs the powerful House Budget Committee, has given little...