With Mitt Romney across the border at an Appalachian coal mine in Ohio, we're hearing a lot today about energy and employment. The Republican side says Obama's regulatory policies are hurting coal production and jobs, while Democrats say the president's policies protect workers from harm and build jobs through greener energy sources.

The issues are pretty well distilled in nearby West Virginia (Beallsville, Ohio, is 35 miles outside Wheeling) where the United Mine Workers are not endorsing a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time in memory . . .  but aren't lining up behind Mitt Romney's white hat either, due to worries about his labor record.

Above is today's messaging on coal from the RNC, and below a mailer from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka to about 100,000 labor households in Ohio and Pa coal regions.


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