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Just ask U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, the Democrat from Versailles who was pummeled in last week’s general election by Republican Andy Barr, who had support from the coal industry in the 6th District.

Mr. Barr featured coal miners in his TV ads, talked incessantly about the Obama administration’s “war on coal,” and raked in campaign cash from wealthy coal executives angry about federal environmental regulations that have made it more expensive to mine coal.

By the time the race was over, President Obama had been vilified in the mining industry, and Mr. Chandler had been portrayed as his surrogate in Kentucky. That turned out to be Mr. Chandler’s undoing. Mr. Obama lost Kentucky overwhelmingly and took Mr. Chandler down with him.


Officials probe allegations of election fraud, corruption

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands says he has created a committee to investigate numerous allegations of fraud and corruption during last week’s general election.

Vincent Frazer appointed a special investigator and four attorneys with the island’s justice department to the investigation.

The government says in a statement issued Saturday that Mr. Frazer and the U.S. attorney’s office have received many complaints from voters. It does not specify the sort of complaints received.

Mr. Frazer said he expects to release findings by the end of the month.

The U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday chose legislators, a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and education and election board officials.


Rising tensions likely over filibuster rules

A brewing and potentially bitter battle over Democratic efforts to limit filibusters could increase partisan tensions in the Senate just as President Obama and Republicans are trying to find a compromise on major issues such as debt reduction and taxes.

There could be a showdown Senate vote in January that would put limits on filibusters, which minority parties long have used to try thwarting majority legislation.

But even before that vote, the simmering dispute could mar the cooperative tone that Mr. Obama and GOP leaders have struck since Tuesday’s election.

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