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NEWS UPDATE November 5, 2020

Top Story

Ballot Counting Continues

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

In a major shakeup for agricultural policy, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has lost his 7th District seat to former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, a Republican. Fischbach has said she will seek a seat on the House Agriculture Committee, but she will be a freshman member of the committee. Peterson’s defeat means there will be a new chairman of the committee. The Democrats have maintained their majority in the House. The Democrats with the most seniority after Peterson are Reps. David Scott of Georgia, Jim Costa of California and Marcia Fudge of Ohio. [ read more … ]

Minnesota’s Peterson voted out of Washington after 30 years

By LIZ CRAMPTON, Politico  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District will now be represented by Michelle Fischbach, a GOP recruit and former lieutenant governor. Fischbach, who turned 55 on Nov. 3, ran a campaign tying Peterson to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and left-wing lawmakers. President Donald Trump’s endorsement featured prominently in her ads. She also earned broad support from anti-abortion groups, and her husband and mother-in-law hold leadership positions in the movement. Fischbach served only one year as lieutenant governor in Minnesota but had been a state senator for 22 years. Her victory adds one more seat to the Republican minority, although the House remains in Democratic hands by a wide margin. [ read more … ]

Election 2020

What happened in 8 state energy battlegrounds

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Coal-rich Montana elected its first Republican governor in more than a decade last night as ballot initiatives and statehouses were decided that could affect energy policy for years to come. Voters in North Carolina and Texas kept the GOP in power in the state legislature, despite a push from Democrats, although several battles — including the fate of the Pennsylvania Legislature — were not fully clear at press time. Here are the results of state elections in 8 key energy states: [ read more … ]

Chamber’s majority uncertain. So is climate legislation

By Jean Chemnick and Thomas Frank, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Control of the Senate remained up in the air this morning, with races in five states still undecided, creating uncertainty around Democrats’ plans to push an aggressive climate agenda if they won control of Congress and the White House. The undecided races include Republican-held seats in Maine, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska and a Democratic-held seat in Michigan. Democrats ousted Republican senators in Colorado and Arizona, replacing them with moderates who have called for action on climate change but criticized the Green New Deal. [ read more … ]

Ernst keeps Iowa Senate seat for GOP

By JAMES ARKIN, Politico  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

GOP Sen. Joni Ernst was reelected in Iowa, defeating Democrat Theresa Greenfield in one of the most expensive and competitive Senate races in the country. Ernst, a member of GOP leadership, was one of the highest profile senators up for reelection this year, though she was seeking just her second term. She was not considered among the most vulnerable senators at the beginning of the election year, particularly after Donald Trump’s decisive Iowa victory in 2016. Iowa hasn’t booted a sitting senator out of office since 1984. [ read more … ]

California Air Resources Board

Newsom can put his stamp on California’s world-leading air board

By DEBRA KAHN, Politico  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Newsom has an opportunity to put his stamp on the Golden State’s pioneering environmental policies by appointing the influential chair of California’s leading policymaking body on climate change and air pollution. Already, potential leaders are jockeying for the position before California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols departs after more than a decade at the helm. [ read more … ]


EU starts monitoring bioethanol to prevent import surge

By Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

The European Union has begun monitoring incoming renewable ethanol used for fuel to see if measures are needed to prevent a surge of imports from U.S. and other producers, the EU official journal said on Wednesday. The surveillance system, designed to provide information more rapidly than official statistics, will be in place for a year. It means imports need to be accompanied by a surveillance report. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside? Not really. The World Health Organization says the virus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it. [ read more … ]


Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.