Democrat withdraws from US Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Democrat challenging three-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has ended his campaign without explanation.

Chad Taylor sent a letter to the Kansas secretary of state on Wednesday withdrawing from the race, which also has a viable independent candidate, Olathe businessman Greg Orman, as well as a Libertarian candidate, Randall Batson of Wichita.

Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders.

Peters campaigning aggressively in Michigan for climate change fight


Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., has made the need for fighting climate change a central issue in his tight Senate campaign against Republican Terri Lynn Land, Politico reports.

NextGen says it has brought climate change focus to key races

The Hill

Chris Lehane, top strategist for Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate group, says it has been successful in making climate change a “top-tier issue” in seven key election contests where it has gotten involved, The Hill reports.

Cory Gardner says he's 'a new kind of Republican'

DENVER (AP) — Senate candidate Cory Gardner has released a pair of campaign ads reaching out to Colorado's all-important centrist voters, who have soured on some GOP positions, and cast himself as a "new kind of Republican" who supports over-the-counter birth control pills and renewable energy.

The TV spots released this week come in a close race against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a swing state that has become increasingly reluctant to elect conservatives as coastal transplants have pushed the politics to the left.

New House leadership has energy ties, lacks business links

The New York Times

Big business has much less of a voice now in the new GOP House leadership team, but Louisiana and its concerns about oil and energy have a new advocate in the new majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., The New York Times reports.

Tillis, Hagan to meet in first NC Senate debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis are meeting for the first debate of their campaign stretch run, a key contest in the national battle for Senate control.

Their faceoff Wednesday at the University of North Carolina television studio is the first big event of the Labor Day-to-Election Day period. Democrats can't afford to lose Hagan's seat if they hope to hang onto their Senate majority in the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency. Republicans see the North Carolina race as key to their drive to gain six seats in the chamber, enough to grab control.

The long-awaited debate, the first of three, is expected to feature themes familiar to North Carolinians barraged with nearly $29 million in advertising and other expenditures by the candidates and outside groups. It is the second-most expensive Senate race — after Kentucky's — of the midterm elections.

Hillary headlines at Reid’s clean energy summit this week

National Journal

A host of influential Democratic politicians and policymakers descend on Las Vegas Thursday to attend the National Clean Energy Summit backed by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, headlined this year by likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, National Journal reports.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans and Democrats who assess this fall's midterm contests say the power of incumbency — the decennial process of reconfiguring congressional maps and hefty fundraising — trumps the sour public mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington.

Landrieu ad highlights her drilling support

The Hill

An ad supporting the re-election effort of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., credits her with helping to end the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico drilling in the wake of the BP spill disaster, The Hill reports.

Landrieu’s residency could become campaign issue

The Washington Post

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.


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