Landrieu drives energy committee toward November election

For years, Sen. Mary Landrieu has been a thorn in the side of her fellow Democrats over her calls for her home state of Louisiana and its neighbors on the Gulf of Mexico to rake in more revenue from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas drilling. 

On Tuesday, Landrieu -- who is running for re-election -- will make the case again, except this time she's holding the gavel of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and will chair a hearing on the potential for greater federal energy revenues to states.

It will be the latest, if not the last, move by Landrieu to use the post to stress to voters back home that she has the clout to bring home the bacon compared to her most formidable challenger, GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, and to counter his claims that she's all talk. 

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of November's midterm elections.

Of the almost 123 million voters who were eligible to cast ballots in primaries, only 18 million have done so, and states with same-day voter registration actually saw their turnout rates drop, according to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Despite heavy campaign spending that is poised to make history, 15 of the 25 states that have held statewide primary elections each reported a record low percentage of voters who cast ballots.

Polis – in line for Dem leadership – raising hackles at home in Colo.


Politico profiles Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., a brash congressman who is in line for a next-generation party leadership position but is also generating some resentment back home by funding anti-fracking ballot measures.

GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken

STORDEN, Minn. (AP) — Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter of the Shady Drive Inn as the owner aired the same frustrations with political gridlock that some of her regular customers grumble about.

Then she asked the Senate candidate point-blank: "What party are you affiliated with?" McFadden tiptoed into the answer: "Well, I'm an American first," he said. "But I'm a Republican."

Energy issues at core of Senate logjam

The Washington Post

The partisan political fight between the Senate’s top leaders, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., which has paralyzed the chamber this year, has at its heart Republican opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit carbon emissions on existing power plants, The Washington Post reports.

Congressional load burdened with added crises ahead of recess

National Journal

With a summer recess looming, Congress has fallout from international crises in Ukraine and the Middle East to deal with alongside its normal crowded schedule, National Journal reports.

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:



EPA Inspector General ignores GOP request to stop fracking investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General has issued a strong defense of his investigation of hydraulic fracturing, ignoring a Republican request that he stop the probe and rejecting charges that the study is inappropriate and a waste of money.

"This review ls consistent with the OIG's responsibilities to oversee the programs of the EPA," wrote EPA IG Arthur Elkins, Jr., in response to a letter from a group of Republican senators.  "The OIG does not consider its evaluation as a duplication of prior or ongoing work."

McConnell ad seeks to tie Grimes to Obama climate agenda, coal problems

The Hill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is using coal industry employees in a new television ad that seeks to tie his Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes to the Obama administration's climate agenda, The Hill reports.

Polls differ on Gardner/Udall race

The Associated Press

Two polls on Colorado's Senate race are showing significantly different results, with Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., up by two points over Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., in a Quinnipiac University survey and Udall leading Gardner by seven points in an NBC/Marist poll, The Associated Press reports.


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