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Troy Jackson in Maine is green group’s 1st Dem target

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The Hill

The League of Conservation voters has picked out the first Democrat it’s targeting in the 2014 elections, adding Maine’s Troy Jackson, running in the 2nd Congressional District, to the “Dirty Dozen” list of candidates it says side against the environment, The Hill reports.

Solar industry seeks to salvage Mo. rebate effort

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's solar energy industry rallied Monday to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utilities said they had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.

The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers or the Missouri Public Service Commission don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. Lawmakers are now in their final week of the annual legislative session.

Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate.

The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. The pipeline measure would force a decision by President Barack Obama on the long-delayed project to carry oil from Canada to the United States.

Both proposals fell victim to election-year politics Monday night, as a procedural motion to end debate on the energy bill without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval. The demise of the energy bill also sealed the fate of the pipeline measure. Senate Democratic leaders said the pipeline vote could occur only after Senate action on an unamended energy bill.

Ark.: Pryor, Cotton call for Keystone XL to open

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two opponents in the hotly-contested Arkansas U.S. Senate race joined with officials from a pipe manufacturer Monday to press for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would move crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is challenging Pryor, appeared together at Welspun Corp.'s 800-acre campus at the Port of Little Rock, where they called on President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline project.

Welspun Tubular LLC President and CEO David Delie showed reporters 358 miles of pipe made for TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, that's stacked up on 80 acres adjacent to an idle factory.

Senate Democrats

No deal in sight for Shaheen-Portman efficiency bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled Monday that no last minute deal was in the works to save a bipartisan energy efficiency bill from being killed by a Republican filibuster.

A vote planned for early evening was expected to end the bill's chances for debate and passage, and take with it Reid's offer to hold a separate vote on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Graham highlights his Keystone support in new ads

Source: 
The Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who appears out in front in a crowded primary field as he seeks re-election, released multiple campaign ads Monday, with one video touting his backing for the Keystone XL pipeline project, The Hill reports.

Colorado senate race still close: Poll

Source: 
The Hill

A survey conducted for the League of Conservation Voters found that Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is slightly ahead of his Republican opponent Rep. Cory Gardner, but the difference is within a 4-point margin of error, The Hill reports.

Democrats have mixed views about Steyer

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National Journal

Activist Tom Steyer is putting millions into campaigns to back candidates who support his views on climate change and the environment, but not all Democrats are happy about it, National Journal reports.

Big campaign fight looming in Colorado over drilling

Source: 
The Denver Post

If the legislature in Colorado continues to fail in its efforts to broker a compromise over a state-wide framework for drilling controls, expect a massive outpouring of money into local campaigns on the issue, The Denver Post reports.

Senate to look at tax extenders this week

Source: 
National Journal

Finding no agreement on energy – including the efficiency bill and other measures that Republicans were seeking to attach to it – the Senate will turn its attention this week to reviving some expired tax credits, National Journal reports.

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