Alison Lundergan Grimes to Fundraise with ‘War on Coal’ Denier

Alison Lundergan Grimes (AP)

Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes has sought to distance herself from the Obama administration’s War on Coal in her race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in coal-friendly Kentucky.

“I disagree with the president and his philosophies in terms of coal,” Grimes has said. “I stand by the 15,000 men and women who are employed here in the state of Kentucky.”

It’s a prudent political move, but does Grimes really mean it? Or is she just saying that to get elected? In any event, Grimes is likely to discuss the issue in more candid fashion at an April 30 fundraiser at the Washington, D.C., home of anti-coal Representative Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.).

China’s Shame

45 Tibetan self-immolations protest continuing Chinese repression, congressional report says
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A total of 45 Tibetans set themselves on fire this year to protest Chinese repression in Chinese-occupied Tibet as “egregious” human rights abuses in China continued, according to an annual congressional report.

Sherrod Brown’s Coal Assault

Ohio Dem Senator voted for anti-coal regulation despite acknowledging jobs impact

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) voted for a job-killing federal environmental regulation that will cause coal-fired power plants to shut down in the state of Ohio, despite previously acknowledging the negative economic consequences the regulation would have on his home state.

A Taxing Attack

GOP hits Dems for supporting Obamacare tax hikes

Republican congressional candidates and outside groups have seized upon the opportunity to brand Democrats as tax hikers in the wake of Thursday’s Obamacare ruling.

Inconvenient Truther

Martin Sheen—actor, 9/11 Truther, and anti-Israel activist—to fundraise for Sen. Sherrod Brown

Embattled Sen. Sherrod Brown will participate in a fundraiser Thursday alongside actor Martin Sheen, a prominent 9-11 Truther whose commitment to anti-Israel activism has landed him in handcuffs.