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Democrats’ US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry

Democrats' US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary, where there are few differences over issues, jousting over natural gas drilling is providing an opening. It flared in recent days over the question of campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, while two of the three candidates declared their support for a halt to hydraulic fracturing on both public ...

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Trump and Sanders big winners, Kasich grabs second

Trump and Sanders big winners, riding voter frustration

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges in the more diverse states that come ...

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More Americans believe in climate change, UT poll shows

A majority of Americans now believe climate change is occurring, with growing support for environmental protection in several areas among Democrats and millennials, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. More than 3 out of 4 Americans believe in climate change, up from 68 percent a year ago, the nationwide UT Energy Poll reported ...

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Democrats in the spotlight at first presidential debate

LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders delivered a message Tuesday night that’s unlikely to get lost in Hillary Clinton’s spam folder anytime soon. “Let me say something that may not be great politics,” Sanders said. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” The line, delivered in the first half of the Democratic debate at the ...

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Dems predict ‘nightmare’ under North Dakota oil tax rewrite

Bismarck, N.D.— North Dakota Democrats are predicting a “nightmare scenario” for future state revenues if the Republican-led Legislature radically restructures oil taxes as a hedge against falling crude prices. Democrats released an analysis on Tuesday that predicts North Dakota could lose more than $6 billion over the next decade if an incentive to oil companies is cut in exchange for ...

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‘Open carry,’ fracking bills return after technical delay

Texas House

AUSTIN, Texas — Two of the Texas legislative session’s most-watched bills are again scheduled for debate and likely passage — three days after a technicality raised by Democrats temporarily derailed them. The Texas House had been poised to vote Tuesday on allowing licensed Texans to wear handguns in plain sight, overturning a Civil War-era ban on “open carry.” Also up ...

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Hoeven: Keystone backers will find way to approve pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says a failed attempt to override the president’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline will not deter him from pushing to get the project approved. The Senate voted 62-37 Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill. Proponents needed a two-thirds majority. Hoeven, the chief sponsor, says pipeline supporters didn’t ...

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Colorado House rejects drill-limit penalties


DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado House have rejected a proposal to penalize communities that ban the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The vote Wednesday comes as the GOP Senate voted recently in favor of a similar proposal. The votes show that Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature remain far apart when it comes to local communities limiting ...

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