Updated at 8:56 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, with documents. The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to close two more of its coal-fired power plants due to stagnate or declining power demand in its 7-state region. Despite opposition to the plant closings from President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday night, TVA's final environmental assessments released Monday concluded that TVA should shut down both the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Oak Ridge and the Unit 3 generator at the Paradise coal plant in Kentucky by 2023. Document: Read the final environmental assessments for the Paradise coal plant Read the final environmental assessments for the Paradise coal plant The assessments prepared by TVA's staff over the past year said Paradise and Bull Run are among the coal-fired units with "relatively high projected future maintenance costs and environmental compliance expenditures, a high forced outage rate and poor generation fit" for TVA's future power … [Read more...] about TVA proposes to shut down Bull Run, Paradise coal plants despite opposition from Trump, Senate majority leader [documents]
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A key element in my unending criticism of our insulated, leaden legislature is that its leaders and separate chambers operate in silos of self-interest — to the detriment of democracy and the common good. Plus, leaders demonstrate little concern for the image of the institution, which consistently conveys this message to taxpayers: We do what we want, not what you want. Both flaws were evident last week when the legislature left the Capitol for the summer, displaying disdain for public-supported government reforms. Lawmakers fled after failing to agree on measures to give citizens direct, at-the-ballot-box say in reducing the legislature’s size, fighting gerrymandering, and allowing merit selection of state judges. Escape is part of their pattern. And here’s how they work it. When pressed for reforms, pretend to have interest. Then ping-pong bills back and forth between House and Senate until time runs out or bills get so laden with other stuff that they fall … [Read more...] about Two Pa. House and Senate leaders (sorta) defend our lackluster legislature
May 30, 2018 By Brian Hauswirth Missouri House and Senate GOP leaders said Wednesday morning in Jefferson City that their most important focus is working to make sure they help Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (R) with a “smooth transition of power.” Governor Eric Greitens (R) announced his resignation on Tuesday, effective Friday afternoon at 5. Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (center) briefs Capitol reporters on May 30, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe is at left, and House Speaker Todd Richardson is at right (Brian Hauswirth photo) House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, briefed the Capitol Press Corps on Wednesday morning, after he met with Parson. “We had a productive meeting with Lieutenant Governor Parson,” Richardson says. “We extended an invitation to him to come address a joint session of the General Assembly at some point over the next couple of weeks.” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and … [Read more...] about Missouri House and Senate leaders invite Parson to address joint session of Legislature
May 15, 2018 By Jason Taylor Missouri House and Senate Republican leaders quickly responded to a felony charge being dropped against fellow GOP member Governor Eric Greitens. Leadership in both chambers issued statements condemning the governor’s conduct. House Speaker Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff, House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr of Springfield, and House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo of Arnold pointed to two reports issued by a special committee in the chamber that have documented Greitens alleged actions. The statement from the three lawmakers said they’re awaiting recommendations from the committee on what the chamber’s next move should be. They also noted that the dismissal of the criminal trial offered the governor an opportunity to “share his side of the facts” with the special committee. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin and Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City also suggested the governor … [Read more...] about Republican Missouri House and Senate leaders announce they’ll push ahead with Greitens investigation after criminal charge dropped
Skip to main Content Alaska News Alaska Life Politics Outdoor/Adventure Opinions Sports Nation/World Local Anchorage | Anchorage 36°F Anchorage: 36°F Subscribe Obituaries Customer Service E-edition Feedback Sponsored Content Real Estate Alaska Legislature Author: Nathaniel Herz About 200 people gathered at the Legislative Information Office to advocate for increased funding for schools in Anchorage on Friday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN) Buy This Photo About 200 people gathered at the Legislative Information Office to advocate for increased funding for schools in Anchorage on Friday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Plus Print article JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature's end-of session talks have veered toward the state's public … [Read more...] about Alaska House and Senate propose competing boosts to schools funding. Can they agree?