Less than two weeks before the Aug. 2 primary election, both candidates for the Republican nomination in the "Big First" U.S. House district in Kansas share a priority — getting a seat on the House Agriculture Committee after the first gap in membership in a century.
Assistant House Majority Leader Kate Webb, a sponsor of Vermont's GMO food labeling law, is scheduled to testify at a House subcommittee hearing on federal regulation of the foods on Wednesday.
Rep Collin Peterson, the Democratic leader on the House Agriculture Committee, uses his legislative successes on the 2014 farm law - retention of sugar subsidies and creation of a new dairy subsidy program - as talking points for re-election, says Bloomberg. Peterson's district leans Republican and the GOP congressional committee is spending heavily on ads to defeat him. "Farming defines the towns that dot the region’s two-lane highways. Along with (sugar) beets, the district is the nation’s biggest producer of turkeys and the fourth-biggest of corn and soybeans," says Bloomberg.