The Weekly Trek: January 29, 2016

The Weekly Trek: January 29, 2016

Weekly Trek

January 29, 2016

Top Political News

  • GOP debate winners and losers. The Hill
  • Dems tangle at final forum before Iowa caucuses. The Hill
  • U.S. economy grew anemic 0.7% in fourth quarter. Wall Street Journal
  • Obama to meet with Ryan, McConnell. The Hill
  • Has Trump killed the GOP? Politico
  • Exclusive: Obama on Iowa, Clinton, Sanders and 2016. Politico


  • Drone lobbying heats up on Capitol Hill. New York Times
  • US Mayors rank infrastructure needs as top challenge, call funding level too low. AASHTO
  • States await old earmarks available through omnibus provision. E&E Publishing
  • When your neighbor’s drone pays an unwelcome visit. New York Times
  • FMCSA announces new rule for determining safety fitness. National Law Review
  • With a year left, U.S. Transportation Secretary sets new goals. Governing
  • What will cheap gas do to electric cars? The Verge
  • The inequality of sidewalks. Washington Post
  • 2015 likely to have broken record for Vehicles Mile Traveled. Dept. of Transportation
  • Urbanophobia: A growing threat to public transit in America. Governing

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Climate politics: Will Oregon’s Legislature step up? Eugene Weekly
  • States ask Supreme Court to review Clean Power Plan stay. BNA
  • Oregon forests get $700K+ in grants as restoration efforts take hold. Portland Biz Journal
  • U.S. wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades. The Columbian
  • Solar jobs are outpacing the U.S. economy by a longshot. CityLab


  • How many workers will the “Cadillac tax” hit? The Atlantic
  • Unions, business leaders vent at Right-to-Work hearing. WOWKTV
  • U.S. Unions added to ranks in 2015 but failed to gain market share. Wall Street Journal
  • Obama sets sights on increasing retirement plan access. BNA
  • The sharing economy is Labor’s next hope. New Republic
  • Why some states want strong public-sector unions. The Atlantic

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

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