Bloomquist heads from House Energy panel to lobbying firm

The Hill

Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.

Senate Democrats

Manchin: Elect Landrieu, block Cantwell from energy post

Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday called on Louisiana voters to re-elect Sen. Mary Landrieu, in part to keep his colleague Sen. Maria Cantwell from taking the top Democratic post on the Senate's energy committee.

Manchin, D-W.Va., speaking to reporters after two days of stumping for Landrieu, said her defeat would take away a Democratic leadership voice for fossil energy on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

It could also elevate the liberal Cantwell, D-Wash., to the chairmanship or ranking minority member slot, which Manchin said would hurt his state as well as Louisiana, which depends on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas drilling.

"Without Mary, we, and those of us who come from energy states, such as West Virginia and Louisiana, we're dead. We are absolutely dead," Manchin declared.

Crist: Backs alternative energy, slams Fla. Gov. Scott

MIAMI (AP) — Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that current Republican Gov. Rick Scott "has no integrity" and his policies are driven by "the almighty dollar."

Crist made the remarks while discussing his campaign to seek his old job with his new party during an hour-long interview with Associated Press reporters that covered education, the environment and claims by Scott.

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.

Reid is not on the ballot this year, but his position as majority leader depends on Democrats denying Republicans the net six seats they need to retake the Senate. By all accounts he is working as single-mindedly toward that goal as any of his endangered incumbents.

Braley-Ernst debate in Iowa covers Koch brothers, Keystone


The Koch brothers, Tom Steyer and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline got mentions during the first debate between Iowa Senate candidates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and his Republican opponent state Sen. Joni Ernst, Politico reports.

McConnell's backers spend millions in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are on track to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters, a staggering amount for a single race that stands as a textbook example of the use of outside money in a tight contest.

While the effort began more than a year ago, the majority of the advertising by the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition and Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has aired since McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes won primaries in mid-May.

Attention focused on energy, environment in Michigan Senate race

The Detroit News

Pollution, petroleum coke and oil company investments have been among subjects covered in the $20 million worth of ads targeting the Michigan senate race between Democratic Rep. Gary Peters and his GOP rival Terri Lynn Land, The Detroit News reports.

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House?

Congress' persistent gridlock is due largely, but not entirely, to the current power split in the two chambers. But even if Republicans add Senate control to their safe House majority, big legislative roadblocks will remain.

President Barack Obama still can veto legislation.

New federal job training grants include help for oil workers

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled $450 million in job training grants to community colleges that includes money for oil industry jobs in Louisiana, where one of the nation's key Senate races is being waged.

The grants include $2.5 million to Delgado Community College in New Orleans to fund the Scale-up Southeast Louisiana for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Jobs program. Industry partners in the program include ExxonMobil and Phillips66, among others.

U.S. ‘energy shield’ could ‘liberate’ allies, Perry says

The Hill

Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas and potential presidential candidate, said in a Texas Public Policy Foundation speech Thursday night that the U.S. should “build an energy shield” to “help liberate our European allies from Russian energy aggression,” adding criticism of the Obama administration for dragging its feet in approving the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.


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