LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes took turns attacking each other in a cramped board room of the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Wednesday in the candidates' first joint question-and-answer session of the contentious campaign.
Grimes set the tone early by attacking McConnell in her opening statement for his prolonged absences from the Senate Agriculture Committee. By not showing up, Grimes said, McConnell diluted his influence, which led to his inability to stop the lapse in the federal farm bill last year that provided crop insurance for Kentucky farmers.
Sen. Mary Landreiu, D-La., is calling again for the Interior Department to open up new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration, following a lease sale held Wednesday for western Gulf of Mexico tracts.
Landrieu, who is facing a tough re-election battle against Republican front-runner Rep. Bill Cassidy, made the call after the sale brought in nearly $110 million to the government in high bids on 81 tracts.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan as an outsider in a state where relationships and roots matter.
A former natural resources commissioner and attorney general for Alaska, Sullivan is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps reserves who, around this time last year, was deployed overseas in Afghanistan. His resume could appeal to the influential bloc of military personnel in the state, which has a high population of veterans. Still, he was born and raised in a Cleveland suburb and graduated from Harvard and Georgetown universities. He moved to Alaska in the 1990s but left in 2002 for a White House fellowship. He later worked as an assistant secretary of state in President George W. Bush's administration, and lived in Maryland while working on the East Coast.
Global warming and environmental issues are becoming more and more important to Hispanic voters, according to an analysis of nine different polls that was commissioned by the Hispanic Access Foundation, National Journal reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.
The powerful business group is putting hundreds of thousands of dollars behind a television ad for state House Speaker Andy Tobin, filling a void for the financially strapped GOP candidate, who has been unable to spend on television advertising. Tobin's two GOP rivals — businessman and rancher Gary Kiehne and state lawmaker Adam Kwasman — are already on the air with ads.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way.
So far this election cycle, donors have handed over $46 million to a collection of political committees and candidates linked to Emily's List, which backs female contenders who support abortion rights. The Emily's List network of committees raised more than most other outside groups, including the GOP-backed American Crossroads and the anti-tax Club for Growth.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is accusing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of accepting potentially illegal campaign gifts from her father's bus company.
The Grimes campaign says it sampled rates from four companies before deciding how much to pay to rent an 11-year-old luxury bus from Jerry Lundergan's company. The campaign calls McConnell's criticism a "hit job."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
Republicans see the Alaska race as a key contest in their attempt to capture the Senate majority from Democrats.
Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.
So he's opening campaign offices in far-flung places like a coin-operated laundry in Dillingham, a hamlet of 2,000 people. He's allowed himself to be videotaped strutting his stuff at the Athabascan Fiddlers' dance in Fairbanks. And as anyone with a television knows, he rode a snowmobile in subzero temperatures in the Arctic, speaking into a camera about fighting the Obama administration to help secure offshore drilling permits.
U.S crude prices racked up their first weekly gain since September, as news that China cut interest rates to boost its economy raised expectations of increased oil demand in the future. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery was up 66 cents to finish Friday’s Nymex session at $76.51 a barrel, while in London Brent jumped $1.03 to settle at $80.36, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell, Hess Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. are among major oil companies with new drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico, a number in deep water, although a continued decline in oil prices could slow development, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Phillips 66 Partners and Paradigm Energy Partners will join forces to construct the 76-mile Sacagawea Pipeline and a 710-acre rail terminal aimed at transporting Bakken crude from North Dakota more effectively, FuelFix reports.
Customers will see substantially higher energy prices as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to a study commissioned by coal company Peabody Energy and conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis, which offers a state-by-state breakdown of costs, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is expected to carry the flag for environmental issues -- fighting climate change, in particular -- as he becomes his party’s ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress, E&E reports.
No matter the winners in significant battleground states in the 2014 elections, voters there support the fight against climate change, the Sierra Club said, citing statistics from a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates, The Hill reports.
Most Americans believe poorer, less developed parts of the world will bear the brunt of climate change, rather than the U.S., according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion, E&E reports.
The world spent less money -- $331 billion -- on fighting climate change in 2013, the second year in a row the figure dropped, according to a study from the Climate Policy Initiative, which attributed the fall in part to the lower cost of solar energy, Reuters reports.
Only 3.87 billion cubic meters of natural gas heading to Europe from Russia moved through pipelines in Ukraine in October, a little over half of the amount transiting in the year-ago period, Platts reports.