House GOP conservative in long-shot leadership bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Rep. Raul Labrador launched a long-shot challenge on Friday to replace the recently defeated Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader.

Labrador, R-Idaho, was elected in the 2010 tea party wave that gave the GOP control of the House. His candidacy seems likely to be a symbolic waving of the flag for the chamber's restive conservatives because Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., appears to have all but nailed down the job.

The election for the No. 2 House GOP leadership post will be Thursday.

Sierra Club ads to slam House Republicans over wind PTC

The Hill

Twenty one House Republicans who’ve failed to back a restoration of the wind Production Tax Credit will be the target of ads by the Sierra Club accusing them of letting jobs in the sector “blow away,” The Hill reports.

Quick turnaround gives McCarthy edge in GOP House race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.

McCarthy, 49, who is serving just his fourth term from California, emerged Thursday as the clear front-runner to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor, whose loss in Virginia's GOP primary to a far-right candidate with little money and name recognition stunned the House and prompted questions about where it should turn as it fills its new leadership vacuum.

Fracking could help send Republican to WH in 2016

National Journal

The fracking-driven drilling boom and the economic benefits that go with it could give some of the potential Republican presidential candidates – Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas as well as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – potent ammunition for their White House runs, National Journal reports.

Office of Sen. Mary Landrieu

Landrieu to push Keystone bill, Bay nomination out of committee

Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., next week plans to bring up a bill in the committee to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, one that could help her re-election campaign but would also force a sensitive vote by another vulnerable Democrat.

Landrieu said she anticipated the committee would pass the approval bill, authored by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at a business meeting expected Wednesday. The meeting also is to include a vote on Norman Bay, President Barack Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Subtle differences on energy among House GOP leadership hopefuls


Among candidates to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is from a state that gets two-thirds of its electricity from natural gas as well as a sizeable amount of renewable energy generation, which may give him a slightly different perspective from Texas rival Rep. Pete Sessions, E&E reports.

In GOP House upheaval, a front-runner _ and discontent

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Republican Kevin McCarthy quickly amassed support to become House majority leader on Thursday, but his likely ascent shut conservatives out of the chamber's top leadership jobs, leaving them fuming and exposing deep fissures within the GOP.

Within 48 hours of Rep. Eric Cantor's lightning primary-election downfall, McCarthy and his deputies aggressively rounded up votes with a pitch to Southern Republicans and pointed private conversations on the House floor in a race that occasionally had the markings of a personality-driven contest for class president.

Republicans sought to project an aura of unity but failed to quiet conservative complaints that such quick party elections after Cantor's defeat gave them little time to rally around an alternative who better reflects the right's ideology and the emboldened tea party. Votes are scheduled for next Thursday for majority leader, the No. 2 job behind Speaker John Boehner, and for majority whip, the No. 3 party post.

Perry pro-fracking, anti-cap-and-trade, in Calif. Commonwealth Club remarks

San Francisco Chronicle

Speaking at the California Commonwealth Club Wednesday night, potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, spoke up in favor of fracking and devolving policy making decisions to states, and against cap-and-trade and other measures to fight climate change that he warned would strangle the economy, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Australian PM's climate stance watched on US visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia's conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit Thursday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected in September, arrives in Washington a week after President Barack Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Abbott has described those as sensible steps but has made clear that he doesn't view the fight against global warming as a top priority and is set against action that could crimp Australian business. He plans to scrap Australia's carbon tax on polluters.

Cantor resigning from House leadership on July 31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

Cantor was expected to announce his plans at a late-afternoon meeting of the party's rank and file, less than 24 hours after the Virginia Republican lost a primary election to David Brat, a little-known and underfunded rival backed by tea party groups.

Before the announcement, jockeying already had broken out among fellow Republicans eager to move up the House leadership ladder — or establish a foothold on it.


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