Office of Sen. Landrieu

Analysis: With Landrieu holding gavel, Louisiana to get the spotlight

Since taking the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Mary Landrieu has said she will use the post to address issues in her home state of Louisiana, particularly jobs and revenue from oil and gas development.

On Tuesday, she made that plan abundantly clear in her first re-election ad. The ad proclaims that as chair "she holds the most powerful position in the Senate for the people of Louisiana."

Landrieu ad highlights her Energy Committee chair, her differences with Obama

The Hill

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle, released a campaign ad in which she stresses her defense of the state’s oil industry and her power as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as her differences with the Obama administration, The Hill reports.

Pa.’s energy boom to be key issue in governor’s race this year

National Journal

Democrats hope to turn Pennsylvania’s energy boom into campaign fodder in the effort to oust Gov. Tom Corbett this year, National Journal reports.

New environmental coalition to give directly to candidates

The Hill

The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are banding together to create the LeadingGreen coalition, a political alliance with a $5 million bankroll that will give direct donations to candidates that have views similar to theirs on environmental issues and climate change, The Hill reports.

Heitkamp finds identity as Obama energy critic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's energy policies lack "consistency." His rhetoric may be all-of-the-above but that is "not what we see."

These are critiques not from a Republican lawmaker or an outside pundit but from Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The freshman from North Dakota fashioned herself as an independent-minded candidate as she won an upset victory in 2012. And she has carried that ethos into her second year in office, emerging as perhaps the White House's most consistent Democratic critic on energy policy.

Hillary Clinton to deliver keynote speech at Reid's clean energy summit

The Hill

Potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the clean energy summit in Las Vegas in September, conference sponsor Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., told journalists, The Hill reports.

NH Senate hopeful Brown launches campaign with health care salvo

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Announcing his campaign to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tweaked the state's "Live Free or Die" motto Thursday to bash both President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's support for it.

"It forces us to make a choice: Live free or log on," Brown told supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom. "Guess what? In New Hampshire, we choose freedom."

Brown, whose formal campaign announcement comes four months after he moved to New Hampshire, faces several other Republican primary opponents hoping to defeat Shaheen in November. And while recent polls give Shaheen the lead, Brown's strong name recognition and national fundraising network makes him a serious contender, and his candidacy helps the GOP's push to claim the Senate majority.

March senatorial fundraising: DSCC beat NRSC

Roll Call

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported raising $8.1 million in March, compared to $6.4 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Roll Call reports, noting the Democrats say they now have $22 million to spend on the midterm elections.

NH Senate hopeful Brown: Health law costs liberty

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hoping to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is using a variation of the state's "Live Free or Die" motto to argue against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

Brown planned to formally announce his Senate bid Thursday night. In excerpts of remarks provided by his campaign, he said the health care law forces people to "live free or log on."

Pa. Democratic candidates insist drilling tax is viable

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic gubernatorial primary debate Wednesday became edgy, perhaps for the first time after a long string of cordial forums, while the candidates also refused to consider a "plan B" when it comes to their school-funding plans to raise taxes on the state's booming natural gas industry.

Asked how they would fulfill their pledges to boost state aid if they could not win legislative approval to raise taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the natural gas drilling industry, the candidates all challenged the premise of the question.

Rather, they said, the idea is popular around the state and that it is possible to win over a Republican-controlled state Legislature that has thus far imposed a roughly $200 million-a-year "impact fee" on the industry, rather than a billion-dollar tax sought by some lawmakers. Businessman Tom Wolf and former Clinton White House environmental adviser Katie McGinty suggested that a hunger for more state aid for public schools is motivating support for a gas drilling tax.


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