Coal, Obama weighing heavy in Rahall's W.Va. bid

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Nick Rahall, a southern West Virginia face so familiar he goes by "Nick Joe," bears an Obama burden like few others in Congress as he faces his toughest re-election fight in almost four decades.

Rahall's 3rd District hardly resembles the Democratic stronghold it once was. In the seat snaking through the coalfields, Mitt Romney trounced President Barack Obama by 32 percentage points in 2012. Rahall, who supported the president's election twice, still pulled off an 8-point win.

Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said.

The college assigned an academic review board to the probe in August after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for the paper he wrote in 2007.

GOP-led Senate would target Obama environment, energy policies


Congress would be gunning for the Environmental Protection Agency if both houses were controlled by Republicans after the November elections, E&E reports, adding that the President’s executive agenda -- in particular controversial proposals like the EPA's water rule and carbon emissions regulations -- would be affected, and the slow pace of confirmation of nominees could completely grind to a halt.

South Korean town votes no to nuclear plant

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Voters in a South Korean city have rejected plans to build a nuclear power plant in a referendum the government says has no legal effect.

Thursday's vote in Samcheok, on South Korea's east coast, went as expected following this year's election of a mayor who wants the government to scrap nuclear plant.

Environmentalists and business square off again, over N.D. Measure 5


Measure 5 going before North Dakota voters in the coming election sets aside 5 percent of the state’s oil tax money to be used for conservation measures, a move opposed by business and the oil industry, E&E reports.

Alaska’s problems hang over key Senate race

The New York Times

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s tough re-election contest against Republican Dan Sullivan is being played out against the backdrop of economic challenges Alaska faces, in part because of the decline of its oil production, The New York Times reports.

Denton fracking ban vote has industry uneasy

The New York Times

Volunteers are working hard in the community of Denton, Texas to get voters to approve a fracking ban in a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot, and their prospects for success have unsettled executives in the oil and gas industry, The New York Times reports.

Sen. Landrieu shakes up staff as election nears

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is shaking up her campaign staff, ousting her campaign manager and turning to the strategist who helped her brother win election as New Orleans mayor.

The three-term Democratic senator is fighting for political survival, locked in a tough re-election bid against two main Republican challengers and targeted by the national GOP in their effort to regain control of the Senate.

South Korean town to put nuclear plan to vote

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fighting plans to build a nuclear power plant, a South Korean fishing village is holding a referendum Thursday, even though the government has warned the vote is illegal.

A site in Samcheok, 195 kilometers (120 miles) east of Seoul, was picked by the energy ministry after a previous city government applied in 2010 for a nuclear power facility. But attitudes have shifted since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima.

Critics call California water bond measure a waste


Opponents say California’s Proposition 1 on the November ballot -– a $7.5 billion package of water measures -– is misleading and a waste of taxpayers’ money, but given the state’s drought and wide bipartisan backing, the referendum is still likely to succeed, E&E reports.


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