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Mere hours after the election, some Democrats in the House are plotting a major leadership shakeup. Via Politico:

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman is calling senior Democrats to seek the top spot on Energy and Commerce, according to Democrats on and off Capitol Hill.

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This puts the Californian in a direct conflict with Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (Mich.), the dean of the House and a long-time Waxman rival, for the top spot of one of the most powerful committees in Congress.

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According to numerous Democrats, Waxman started calling senior colleagues on Wednesday, after the election results were in, to gauge their support for a challenge of Dingell.

The Energy and Commerce Committee would play a major role — likely the lead — in any climate legislation next year. Waxman has advocated much more aggressive plans for reducing emissions than Dingell, who represents auto and other industry interests in Michigan. A leadership change would have a major impact on climate action in the next Congress.