Georgia: Sen. hopeful Nunn slams fellow Dems for opposing Keystone

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An ad that Georgia Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn began running Wednesday criticizes fellow Democrats for opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the electric car maker's "gigafactory" and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history.

Office of Sen. Landrieu

Analysis: Just in time, Landrieu gets Cameron LNG

The Energy Department's approval of the Cameron liquefied natural gas export proposal on Wednesday comes at a very opportune time for Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The first finalization by the department of LNG exports to non-free trade countries since 2012, it arrived just as Landrieu heads into the home stretch in her bid to overcome a tough election challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Opposition emerged Wednesday as Nevada lawmakers began negotiating over whether to approve a complex package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives for Tesla Motors in a special session ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval to seal the deal to bring the electric car-maker's $5 billion battery factory to the state.

The Republican governor urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the $5 billion "gigafactory" and tens of thousands of jobs he says would help pull Nevada from its worst economic crisis in state history.

House votes to block EPA water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a classic Washington overreach.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that it says will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Jewell: House panel requests to DOI costly

The Hill

The House Natural Resources Committee is grilling Interior Department officials at a hearing Wednesday for allegedly failing to respond to its subpoenas, but Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote to the panel the day before, claiming that its requests have cost her department at least $2 million over two years, and have interfered with her staff attempting to carry out their duties, The Hill reports.

Brown in NH, Cuomo in NY among winners in Tuesday's primaries

Scott Brown has won the Republican nomination in New Hampshire, to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her seat in the November election. And in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seeking to retain his post, easily won his Democratic primary contest as well.

They were the highlights as voters went to the polls in five states Tuesday.


After Brown wins NH GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wasted no time contrasting Republican Scott Brown's recent arrival in New Hampshire to her deep connections and decades of service, running ads against him hours before he won the Republican nomination. But Brown was just as quick to dismiss her claims as "bumper-sticker rhetoric" and pledged to answer only to New Hampshire voters, not party leaders.

Brown faced nine primary opponents on Tuesday, though only two mounted serious campaigns. The front-runner from the start, he spent months tailoring his message toward a November showdown with Shaheen, and he spent Tuesday reminding voters that Republicans need to gain six seats to win a majority in the Senate during the last two years of President Barack Obama's term.

Cassidy using GOP Senate control issue to fight Landrieu


The leading Senate candidates in Louisiana – Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu – aren’t that far apart on energy issues, but Cassidy is hoping voters will back him to help give Republicans control of the Senate, E&E reports.

House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month and it may be done as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

The Ohio Republican told reporters that even a powerful foe of the bank, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, believes a temporary extension is in order.

The bank, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. exports, has badly divided Republicans, with many conservatives favoring letting its charter expire. But is has widespread support from Democrats and traditional pro-business Republicans.


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