Stories about Angus King


LePage hasn’t vetoed as many bills as past governors, but he wins more often

By Scott Thistle on May 30, 2013, at 5:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Despite promises made in March to veto every bill to reach his desk — if they got there before a deal to pay the state’s hospital debt did — Gov. Paul LePage has a relatively diminutive record for vetoes when compared with other governors. On Wednesday, the …

Angus King shares his view of IRS scandal

on May 18, 2013, at 2:05 p.m.
Independent Maine Sen. Angus King talked recently about how the Internal Revenue Services singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. What do you think of the IRS probe? — Question from BDN reader David Davis “Well, there are really two scandals involved here. … No. 1 …
Independent Sen. Angus King

Despite siding with Democrats on 90 percent of votes, King says, ‘I’m making my own decisions’

By Robert Long on May 08, 2013, at 3:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Independent Sen. Angus King’s early penchant for voting with Democrats seems to be surprising no one in Washington, including Republicans in the Senate. And the trend isn’t likely to hold, the senator says. In April, the National Journal posted an article titled “Independent in name only.” Based …
A small private plane passes over the control tower at Bangor International Airport  at sunset Wednesday.

Bangor International Airport’s overnight air traffic control shift won’t be eliminated

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 08, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —The overnight shift at Bangor International Airport’s air traffic control tower will not be eliminated by the Federal Aviation Administration, Maine’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. “We are tremendously pleased that the FAA has decided not to eliminate the overnight shift at BIA,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King …
Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso

Federal order for American Airlines to cut flights would hurt Bangor International Airport, say city officials

By Nick McCrea on May 01, 2013, at 8:54 p.m.
Bangor International Airport could lose successful Washington D.C. flights if the federal government decides the merger of US Airways and American Airlines violates antitrust laws, city and airport officials said. In April 2012, US Airways announced plans to take over American Airlines, which was in the midst …
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Angus King urges cautious response to Syrian nerve gas reports

By Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg on April 27, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States must be “really careful” in determining its response to evidence from intelligence agencies that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may have used chemical weapons, Maine Sen. Angus King said. “We got to be sure that it really is the regime and not the opposition that …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins, gun rights group announce support for background check compromise

By Tom Hamburger and Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post on April 15, 2013, at 11:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins and a national gun rights organization are among those lending support to a proposed expansion of criminal background checks for firearms sales. A Senate vote on the compromise drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa. is expected this week. In a statement …
Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso

Maine congressional delegation fights to keep overnight hours at Bangor airport tower

By Alex Barber on April 06, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation stood in opposition of a possible elimination of the overnight shift at the Bangor International Airport air traffic control tower on Friday. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a joint letter to …
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Angus King votes with Democrats as Senate panel passes first budget in three years

By Robert Long on March 15, 2013, at 8:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Angus King joined 10 Democrats and the Senate’s other independent member, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in voting Thursday evening to pass a budget resolution for the federal fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. All 10 of the committee’s Republican members opposed the budget resolution, which was crafted …
Heather Blease, chief executive officer and founder of EnvisioNet, talks with Steven Levesque, Maine commissioner of Economic and Community Development, after announcing plans for an Internet support center in Orono in 2000.

Former head of company that shuttered Brunswick operations plans to open new call center

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2013, at 7:26 p.m.
The former CEO of Brunswick-based EnvisioNet, plans to bring a call center — and 80 to 100 jobs — to the former Brunswick Naval Air Station by the end of May. Heather Blease, former head of the company once touted by former Gov. and now-U.S. Sen. Angus …
A dock on the Royal River sits in the mud during a low tide last year. Yarmouth is in line for money to dredge its harbor, although it's unclear if the funding will come through.

Sandy relief funds could help Yarmouth dredge its diminishing harbor

By Will Graff on March 08, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.
In the warmer months, low tides leave docks and boats sitting cockeyed in what looks like a giant mud pit, not a marina. The harbor’s mooring field is supposed to be 6 feet deep at low tide, according to federal navigation standards, while the navigation channel should …

2,000 Canadian cyclists cancel trip to Maine over alleged complications with U.S. Customs

By Abigail Curtis on March 05, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
BELFAST | Two thousand Canadian cyclists who planned to spend a week pedaling around the Pine Tree State this August with the Velo Quebec bike touring group won’t be coming after all, apparently because of complications with U.S. Customs. The news is deeply disappointing to Maine bike aficionados and …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

King, Pingree and Michaud want courts to strike federal ban on same-sex marriage

By Robert Long on March 01, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation have added their voices to those urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and the state’s two U.S. House members, Democrats Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, announced Friday in a joint …
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Chellie Pingree lobbies Obama to require environmental review if Portland pipeline is reversed to carry tar sands

By Whit Richardson on Feb. 27, 2013, at 4:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter Wednesday to the Obama administration asking that any plan to reverse the flow of the Portland Montreal Pipeline to carry oil sands from Canada to Portland Harbor require a new permitting process and a thorough environmental review. Pingree’s letter …
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.

King votes in favor of Chuck Hagel and Collins votes against nomination as Senate confirms defense secretary

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau on Feb. 26, 2013, at 5:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska, as the 24th secretary of defense after a brutal confirmation process that saw members of his own party question his capacity to lead the Pentagon. Just hours after a vote …
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Bipartisan Maine group urges Susan Collins, Angus King to take lead on immigration reform

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 19, 2013, at 12:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two Republican lawmakers, a Democratic former House speaker, a union member and business representatives joined in an effort Tuesday to pressure Maine’s U.S. senators, independent Angus King and Republican Susan Collins, to take leadership roles in crafting a bipartisan immigration reform package in Congress. At a State …
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in February 2013.

Collins, King support plan to actually provide money after declaring Northeast fisheries disaster

By Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times on Feb. 16, 2013, at 9:35 a.m.
Asserting that the federal government has the responsibility to provide relief in fisheries that have been declared disasters, 13 U.S. senators — including Maine’s Susan Collins and Angus King — have urged President Obama to introduce special budget funding for the Northeast groundfishery and three others in Mississippi and Alaska.. …
Sen. Angus King in January.

King joins Democrats to oppose GOP plan to weaken consumer bureau

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times on Feb. 16, 2013, at 9:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, joined by Angus King of Maine, said Thursday they were united in opposing Republican efforts to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and told President Barack Obama they supported the renomination of Richard Cordray to head the agency. “It is time to confirm Richard Cordray as …
President Barack Obama takes questions from reporters during a news conference at the White House in Washington on January 14, 2013.

Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

By Andy Sullivan, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2013, at 6:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control. By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings …
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Angus King to appear on NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ ‘Meet the Press’ this week

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 02, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.
LEWISTON | Maine’s newest U.S. senator is poised to make a national splash this week as he appears on two of the country’s most watched television news and politics shows. Former Maine governor and independent, Angus King, who will be sworn into the U.S. Senate Thursday, appears on NBC’s …