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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Short-covering and the expiration of the front month contract helped power oil prices to a huge gain Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery shot up 5 percent, or $2.41, to settle at $56.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent finished $2.11 higher at $61.38, Reuters reports.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,875 rigs were drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. this week, a drop of 18 and the second week in a row that the number has fallen, FuelFix reports.
Comparing present-day statistics with numbers during the oil bust in the mid-1980s has led JP Morgan Chase economist Michael Feroli to warn that Texas could slip into a regional recession next year, FuelFix reports.
Job losses in the power generation sector over the past three years topped 5,800, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration Friday, which said all parts of the industry were affected other than renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Avenue Capital, the hedge fund run by Marc Lasry that specializes in buying distressed companies’ debt, is raising $750 million for a fund that will focus on the energy sector, according to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement Board, which confirms it has put in $200 million, the New York Post reports.
Tesla is testing the market for battery swaps: Near California supercharging stations where Model S owners can top up their batteries for free, the company is creating a facility where drivers can pay a cost equivalent to a tank of gasoline and get a fully-charged battery installed in three minutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The growth of global carbon emissions slowed in 2013 -– although the total of 35.3 billion tons did set a record -- and the rate of increase tailed off despite an uptick in economic activity, says a report from the European Commission’s Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research, or EDGAR, according to E&E.
INEOS hopes to get commercial shale gas production under way in Britain before the end of the decade, according to documents the government released Friday, which detailed the company’s presentation to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in February, Platts reports.