Steyer’s climate campaign example of ‘privatized politics,’ says operative

The New York Times

One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.

NRDC speaks of ‘intimidation’ in face of GOP probe

The Hill

The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.

Bill Clinton seeks to boost Democrats in Arkansas

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton swept through a second Arkansas campaign swing in as many weeks Sunday, hoping to keep Democrats in power at home and in the U.S. Senate.

Clinton returned to Pine Bluff, seeking the same political successes he had here in 2000 and 2002. Late-in-the-campaign rallies with predominantly black crowds helped put Mike Ross in the U.S. House and Mark Pryor in the U.S. Senate then, and both candidates need Clinton's help now.

Petrobras corruption subject in Brazilian debate

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted her government's achievements in reducing poverty while her rival used Sunday night's presidential debate to attack her on allegations of bribery in state-run oil company Petrobras.

Opposition candidate Aecio Neves grilled Rousseff over a growing kickback scandal at Petrobras, where a former top executive has told investigators he helped operate a long-running scheme that funneled money back to Rousseff's Workers' Party.

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Democratic poll suggests movement toward Braley in Iowa

The League of Conservation Voters on Friday released new polling that put Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, ahead by a slender 1 point in his race for that state's open Senate seat, a lead within the poll's margin of error, but seen by the group as evidence that his prospects are on the upswing.

Braley has been locked in a tight race against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst for the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat. They have sparred over environmental regulations and biofuels in the race, one that could determine which party holds a majority in the Senate for the last two years of President Barack Obama's second term.

The phone poll of 714 likely voters, conducted Wednesday and Thursday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found him leading with 48 percent support to 47 percent for Ernst, with 5 percent undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

Ernst had maintained a slight edge in most polls since Labor Day, overcoming Braley's early lead in the race.

Bill Clinton to stump for Grimes as new poll favors GOP

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates hit the road next week as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes campaigns with Bill Clinton and a trio of Republican congressmen stump for Sen. Mitch McConnell.

It's the third visit for Clinton, who won the state twice as a presidential candidate and remains popular with Kentuckians. But his visit comes after a new Gallup survey shows more Kentuckians lean toward Republicans.

Iowa's Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday's final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for the first time that she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother.

The issue has come to define the final weeks of their campaigns to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show more women support Braley, a congressman from northeast Iowa, and more men back Ernst, a state senator from southwest Iowa.

Koch super PAC attacts funds from several oil execs


Current and former executives from oil companies including Occidental Petroleum, Woodvine Group and the former Tana have contributed to a super PAC established by Charles and David Koch this cycle, FuelFix reports.

Sanders headed to Calif. to back Chevron foe running for council

The Hill

Accusing Chevron Corp. of donating $3 million to pack the city council in Richmond, Calif., with legislators friendly to its refining interests, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was set to travel to the city to support Chevron foe Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in her bid for council, The Hill reports.

LCV releases poll on Iowa Senate race

Washington, October 17, 2014, 12:00 pm

League of Conservation Voters holds media conference call on Iowa Senate voter survey results and calls by candidate Joni Ernst to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. LCV officials Daniel J. Weiss, Carol Browner to speak. 


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