WASHINGTON (AP) — After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate.
One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally "caucuses" — or cooperates — with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A trio of Democratic-backing independent groups on Wednesday rushed to the air $1.3 million in TV ads to help New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who at one time seemed heading toward a safe re-election.
Senate Majority PAC, Patriot Majority USA and Women Vote are running a joint ad criticizing Shaheen's Republican challenger, former Sen. Scott Brown, over his votes to protect subsidies for oil companies. The ad also blames Brown for exporting U.S. jobs to China and Mexico.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.
The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama's native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to limit their losses next Tuesday. Both parties agree the GOP will hold its House majority; the question is whether Republicans can gain enough seats to rival their post-World War II high water mark of 246.
If the Senate flips to Republican control next week, there's every reason to believe they will stick to their fossil fuels energy agenda. An op-ed on Tuesday by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is just the latest roadmap they've laid out heading into the mid-term elections.
Barrasso, the second-ranking Republican on the Senate's energy committee, said in the piece published by Fox News that if the GOP takes charge, they will send bills to President Barack Obama to "strengthen our energy security," including opening new areas to drilling and approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
What he didn't mention was the falling prices of foreign and domestic crude, which have come just in time to potentially undercut the appeal of the "drill, baby, drill" mantra that has dominated the GOP's energy approach during the Obama era.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Monday that she is "not backing up" from President Barack Obama, but she also insisted that she had a record of bipartisanship during Louisiana's latest Senate race debate.
The three-term senator squared off on a New Orleans stage with long-shot Republican candidate Rob Maness, while the race's main GOP contender, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, skipped the TV debate.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — If there's one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it's Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home state.
Brown, who moved to New Hampshire late last year, hopes to sink Shaheen by linking her to Obama, whose favorability and job approval remain at all-time lows. And while Brown's favorability numbers are just as dismal — one poll shows voters liking him less the more they get to know him — he's running neck-and-neck with the considerably more popular Shaheen.
A coalition of five climate groups, including Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate, said Monday they will spend $85 million on this year's congressional and state elections, the most ever by the environmental lobby.
The groups plan a $5.5 million last-minute push to get out the vote for Democrats in six key Senate races, according to a campaign memo they issued.
ATLANTA (AP) — Registered Democrats have out-voted Republicans by double-digit margins among ballots cast early in two bitter southern Senate races. But the political climate favors Republicans nationally, and the GOP remains bullish on its overall momentum toward gaining the Senate majority.
State tallies of early voting put Democrats ahead of Republicans by nearly 18 percentage points among ballots cast early in Louisiana, where Sen. Mary Landrieu, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, faces an uphill battle to keep her seat. And in North Carolina, Democrats hold an early 17-point lead as another Democratic incumbent, Sen. Kay Hagan, fights for re-election.
Environmental groups -– including Friends of the Earth and 350.org -- have expressed concerns about the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a private email account for business correspondence while she was Secretary of State, worrying about a lack of transparency with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline project in particular, National Journal reports.
With the attempt to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone pipeline approval legislation likely to fail, supporters of the project are looking ahead to attaching Keystone measures to other bills, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, National Journal reports.
Two House bills aiming at the way the Environmental Protection Agency uses science have drawn veto threats from the White House: One would require EPA to publicly release details of the science behind regulations, and the other would reform the agency’s Science Advisory Board, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency was wrong in failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation back in 2012, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Monday, The Hill reports.
As the strike by refinery workers enters its second month, some workers have begun crossing picket lines and some companies are trying to use bonuses to pressure others into returning to work, but negotiations were slated to resume between the United Steelworkers and Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt’s moves to refocus the company on its industrial side have run into the problem of lower oil prices, given that oil and gas were responsible for a fourth of the company’s $100 million in industrial revenue last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The retirement announcement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. a key figure on the Appropriations Committee, means that the Chesapeake Bay is losing an important champion and the Obama administration is losing a significant defender of its environmental agenda, E&E reports.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey, which has been reluctant to draw direct connections between oil drilling in the state and the dramatic rise in earthquakes there, has faced "intense personal interest" from the state seismologist's boss, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, and the oil industry, according to E&E.
Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last week that would encourage natural gas distribution companies to cut their own consumption drew criticism from the industry, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A measure that passed the Republican-controlled senate in Colorado, which would have cut 2020 renewable energy targets for the state’s utilities and cooperatives, has been killed off by Democrats on a House panel, the Denver Business Journal reports.