Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) again split with the Obama administration over their policy on coal, releasing a critique of the EPA's new guidelines on carbon emissions on Friday and vowing to take on leaders in her own party to remedy them. Tennant, in a statement: "Yet again, President Obama has taken direct aim at West Virginia's coal industry. This proposed regulation would effectively prohibit the construction of any new coal-fired plants. This regulation is bad for West Virginia coal miners, their families and communities across the coal fields." (The Hill)
GETTING PERSONAL. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-02) slammed Tennant last week, calling her campaign rollout "'vindictive' and 'negative'". Capito: "I've got a lot going on here and I've been doing this a long time. So I'm going to stick with my strategy. I always take the high road."
Capito said that the two know each other well but wouldn't characterize their relationship. Capito defeated Tennant's husband in a House race in 2004. (Politico)
BAD TIMING. With the Federal Election Commission's third quarter deadline ending this weekend, Tennant has just a week to raise some serious cash. Capito had more than $2.8 million on hand at the end of June. Those reports are due on Oct. 15. (Charleston Gazette)
-- Sarah Mimms