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Arizona Rep. Barber faces tough campaign, backs solar, renewables

Source: 
E&E

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., who is anticipating a tough re-election fight, is a backer of solar power and favors a national energy policy to encourage renewables, E&E reports.

DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday.

The DNC raised almost $9.3 million in July and went into August with more than $9.6 million saved for November's elections. The RNC says it raised $8.4 million last month and has almost $14 million in its account.

McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

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.

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Oil

Landrieu pushes again for offshore drilling, revenue

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.

GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

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.

Latinos concerned about the environment, says poll analysis

Source: 
National Journal

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.

US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

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.

Democratic women teaming up in key Senate states

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic women are teaming up to raise campaign cash in key states that will help decide the Senate majority.

Incumbent senators and hopefuls formed the Blue Senate 2014 joint fundraising committee on Aug. 13.

The candidates involved are Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Natalie Tennant in West Virginia and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

Senate control could rest with well-funded women

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.

Bus rental spat as Kentucky Senate candidates meet

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."

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