Biden attacks Romney campaign over ‘flagrantly dishonest’ auto ads

By Michael A. Memoli, on Oct. 31, 2012, at 8:01 p.m.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Joe Biden delivered a stinging attack on Republicans on Wednesday for launching what he called the most “scurrilous” and “flagrantly dishonest ads” he could remember, saying the Romney campaign’s use of ads suggesting automakers were taking jobs overseas shows desperation and a lack of character unbecoming of …

2012 campaign set to cost a record $6 billion

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau on Oct. 31, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Accelerating spending by outside groups in the final weeks of the 2012 campaign will drive total spending on federal elections this cycle to a record $6 billion, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan research group Center for Responsive Politics. That tops the record set in 2008 …
Guitarist Jack Antonoff of the rock band fun. speaks about wanting to be on the "right side of history" by supporting gay marriage in Maine before his show at the State Theatre in Portland Wednesday night Oct. 31, 2012.

Brad Pitt, hit pop band fun. inject star power into Maine’s same-sex marriage campaign

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 31, 2012, at 6:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | Members of the hit indie pop band fun. and Hollywood star Brad Pitt added star power to the campaign for same-sex marriage Wednesday, playing a promotional Portland concert and advocating for a “Yes on 1” vote less than a week before Mainers go to the polls to …

Who won the Congressional debates and why?

on Oct. 31, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
Watch Strimling & Harriman debate who won the WCSH/WLBZ/Bangor Daily News Congressional debates between Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney and Mike Michaud vs. Kevin Raye.

King picks up backing from Simpson of Simpson-Bowles

on Oct. 31, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King has received the endorsement of Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator from Wyoming who crafted the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan along with Democrat Erskine Bowles. Bowles endorsed King in September, when the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton visited Maine to host …
These file photos show the Maine candidates for U.S. Senate in the November 2012 general election. Top row left to right: independent Danny Dalton, independent Andrew Ian Dodge and Democrat Cynthia Dill. Bottom row left to right: Independent Angus King, Republican Charlie Summers and independent Steve Woods.

Angus King for U.S. Senate

on Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is leaving the U.S. Senate after 18 years because she believes polarization and partisanship prevent Congress from addressing America’s most pressing problems. In choosing Snowe’s successor, Maine voters should acknowledge her assessment that, in its current state, Congress fails the American people because partisan politics inhibits …
Nichi S. Farnham

Commission finds no illegal coordination between Farnham and committee; PAC fined $250 for paperwork violation

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 31, 2012, at 10:44 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Maine Ethics Commission on Wednesday unanimously ruled that a Republican senator from Bangor didn’t improperly coordinate with a political action committee to funnel $73,000 into advertising targeting her opponent. The commission ordered no further investigation into allegations raised by the Maine Democratic Party. The …

Don’t let vote challengers intimidate you at the polls

on Oct. 31, 2012, at 9:37 a.m.
The political campaigns in Maine are making their final push toward Election Day. For most campaigns, the focus is on encouraging their supporters to go to the polls. The operations are usually called GOTV, which stands for Get Out the Vote. The tactics are well known: Making phone calls, knocking …
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz speaks during a public memorial service for slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 16.

Pentagon defends Benghazi response as Senate schedules hearings

By Phil Stewart and Susan Cornwell, Reuters on Oct. 31, 2012, at 7:04 a.m.
President Barack Obama’s response to the attacks in Libya has been a contentious issue in the hard-fought U.S. presidential race.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gets off his campaign plane in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 30.

Mitt Romney’s comments on Jeep outsourcing become campaign fight

By Julie Bykowicz, Bloomberg News on Oct. 31, 2012, at 7:01 a.m.
A Romney campaign ad contradicts Chrysler’s assertion that it has no intention of shifting Jeep production out of North America.
Damage after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline is seen in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo in Brigantine, New Jersey, Oct. 30, 2012. In the storm's wake, Obama issued federal emergency decrees for New York and New Jersey, declaring that "major disasters" existed in both states. One disaster-forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured.

Obama, FEMA hustle disaster relief to victims of Sandy’s wrath struggling to recover

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder, Reuters on Oct. 31, 2012, at 6:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. federal agency in charge of disaster relief, under intense pressure to show the Obama administration can quickly respond to the devastation caused by the massive storm Sandy, said it has plenty of cash to deliver timely aid to the millions of people struggling to recover. The …
Then-Maine Gov. Angus King (right) greets Apple CEO Steve Jobs, during a visit to Portland High School in June 2002.

King’s laptops leveled playing field, but academic benefits hard to assess

By Ricki Morell, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Oct. 31, 2012, at 5:40 a.m.
At Freeport Middle School, students in algebra class play “Battleship” on their laptops as they learn to plot coordinates on a graph. At Massabesic Middle School, eighth-graders surf the Web on their laptops to create their own National History Day websites. And at King Middle School, students carry their laptops …