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Independent Angus King (left) Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill participate in a debate for Maine's open U.S. Senate seat at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Senate hopefuls square off in Lewiston debate

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 17, 2012, at 9:54 p.m.
The top rivals hoping to win the seat of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, squared off in a three-way debate at the Franco-American Center on Monday evening. Before a live audience of about 300 people and hundreds more online, Republican Charlie Summers, independent Angus King and Democrat …
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Independent Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers shake hands following the debate at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Fact-checking the US Senate candidates as they debate in Lewiston

By Matthew Stone, Robert Long, Susan Young and William Davis on Sept. 17, 2012, at 8:38 p.m.
During Monday’s U.S. Senate debate in Lewiston, BDN staffers looked into some of the statements and claims made by the candidates — state Sen. Cynthia Dill, a Democrat; Angus King, a two-term independent governor; and Charlie Summers, the Republican candidate and Maine’s secretary of state. Here is what we found. …
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Maine Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers takes part in a candidates debate Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, hosted by Texas Instruments in South Portland and sponsored in part by the Maine State Chamber.

Few differences emerge between King, Summers in early debate

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 12, 2012, at 11:38 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Independent former Gov. Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers, Maine’s secretary of state, talked science and math education, government-funded research and development, immigration policy and more during one of the first debates in the campaign for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat. King and Summers squared off …
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GOP claims King’s first TV ad violates election law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 12, 2012, at 11:14 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Republican Party is alleging that Angus King’s first television advertisement in the campaign for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat violates a provision in federal election law requiring candidates to state orally and in writing that they approve their TV spots. In a two-page complaint the …

New anti-King attack ad set to air Sunday

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 01, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.
The second in a series of television ads, bought by a Washington, D.C.-based, Republican-backed political action committee attacking Maine U.S. Senate candidate Angus King will begin over the long Labor Day weekend. Maine Freedom, the D.C.-based super PAC that spent $68,750 on an ad supporting Cynthia Dill, the Democrat in …
U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers holds a press conference with Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor on Tuesday to announce the Chamber's endorsement of Summers.

After months of attacks on King, GOP says it will start promoting Summers

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 01, 2012, at 8:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Republican-aligned forces in the campaign for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat have largely used the summer for one recurring strategy: attack Angus King, widely considered the frontrunner in the six-way contest. With campaigns shifting into high gear for the fall home stretch, Republicans say they soon …
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Republican backers buy TV ads in support of Dill

By Whit Richardson on Aug. 24, 2012, at 12:59 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Republican political action committee began airing television advertisements Friday in support of Democrat Cynthia Dill’s Senate campaign. A group calling itself Maine Freedom has purchased air time on four Portland television stations to broadcast a commercial in support of Dill, a state senator who is the …
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Speakers at Augusta forum unite against voter ID requirements

By Robert Long on Aug. 23, 2012, at 10 p.m.
Don’t seek solutions to nonexistent problems. During a public forum that stretched more than two hours Thursday evening at the University of Maine at Augusta, roughly 20 speakers shared variations on that refrain with a five-member commission assigned to review Maine election practice and suggest improvements. Representatives …
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Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, at the Liberty Festival in Lewiston on July 4.

Dill says she’s gaining momentum, but the numbers don’t show it

By Matthew Stone and Robert Long on Aug. 23, 2012, at 10:23 a.m.
Democrat Cynthia Dill is trying to show she has momentum in the race for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat. Republicans are pushing that line, too, as they try to piece together a narrative about former independent Gov. Angus King losing steam in his bid to replace departing Republican Sen. Olympia …
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U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers holds a press conference at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.

Charlie Summers’ jobs program fails to live up to his claims of success

By Naomi Schalit and John Christie, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Aug. 22, 2012, at 6:02 a.m.
Republican Charlie Summers has pinned his campaign for the U.S. Senate on a vow to improve the economy and create jobs on a national level the way he says he has on a state level. As Maine’s secretary of state, Summers added a “small business advocate” in his office which …
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Singer Bono of the Irish rock group U2 performs on stage during their Vertigo 2005 Tour at Rome's Olympis stadium in Italy on Saturday, July 23, 2005.

Bono campaign lobbies Maine Senate candidates to support foreign aid if elected

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 21, 2012, at 9:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | A bipartisan campaign famously headed by rock singer Bono and focused on preserving U.S. foreign aid to impoverished countries began courting the three leading candidates to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe on Tuesday night in Portland. Mike Salamon, East Coast Field Organizer for the ONE campaign, …
Todd Akin, Republican, candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, speaks at the Missouri Farm Bureau candidate interview and endorsement meeting in Jefferson City, Mo., in August 2012. Akin, Missouri’'s GOP Senate candidate, questioned whether women can become pregnant when they'’re raped on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Maine Republicans condemn Missouri congressman’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments

By Robert Long on Aug. 20, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Candidates for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat rushed Monday to decry Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., for his statements Sunday that pregnancy rarely results from “legitimate rape.” Charlie Summers, the Republican candidate in Maine’s six-person race to succeed Sen. Olympia Snowe, issued the strongest condemnation of Akin. While …
U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers holds a press conference with Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor on Tuesday to announce the Chamber's endorsement of Summers.

Maine small business group tells U.S. Chamber: ‘Go back to Washington’

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 16, 2012, at 9:34 a.m.
LEWISTON | A Maine small-business coalition with about 3,400 members says it has a simple message for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “Go home.” “The U.S. Chamber doesn’t care about small businesses in Maine,” said Craig Saddlemire, a Lewiston city councilor and local small business owner. “These are the …
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U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers holds a press conference with Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor on Tuesday to announce the Chamber's endorsement of Summers.

US Chamber continues push for Charlie Summers, attacks on Angus King

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 14, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.
BANGOR | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce waded deeper into Maine’s U.S. Senate race Tuesday, hosting joint campaign appearances with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers at businesses in Bangor, Lewiston and Biddeford. The campaign appearances came almost three weeks after the U.S. Chamber launched a $400,000 television ad …
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Former Gov. Angus King stands in front of a campaign sign in his newly opened office in downtown Presque Isle on Friday, July 20, 2012. King is running in the race to replace Olympia Snowe in the U.S. Senate. The new office is located at 168 State Street in Presque Isle.

Angus King opens Presque Isle campaign office

By Jen Lynds on July 20, 2012, at 8:21 p.m.
Surrounded by green balloons and volunteers sporting matching T-shirts and holding signs, Angus King, the independent former governor, returned to Aroostook County on Friday to open a campaign office to aid in his bid to replace outgoing Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe. The office, located at 168 …
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Angus King, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, poses with Ann Tolan and Noa Sreden, the Banana Splits from Dots Ice Cream shop, prior to the start of the Bath Heritage Days parade on Wednesday.

King continues to raise more than 3 times as much as his Senate rivals

By Matthew Stone on July 16, 2012, at 9:40 a.m.
Fundraising in Maine’s U.S. Senate race has picked up since the end of May, and independent former Gov. Angus King continues to outpace his rivals in the race to replace outgoing Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe. Campaign finance reports for the most recent fundraising period, May 24 to June 30, show …
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Tea party, Ron Paul activists aren’t enthusiastic about Charlie Summers

By Matthew Stone on July 06, 2012, at 1:15 p.m.
Activists from the Maine Tea Party can largely be credited with Gov. Paul LePage’s election in 2010. And Maine supporters of libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul took over the state’s Republican convention in May and chose a slate of Paul supporters as Maine’s delegates to the National Republican Convention next …
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Did Charlie Summers choose to be straight?

By Chris Busby on July 05, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
Republican Senate candidate Charlie Summers thinks he could decide to be gay someday. At least, let’s hope that’s the case. If Summers believes sexuality is a matter of personal preference, rather than an innate aspect of human biology, that would make it a tiny bit easier to swallow his opposition …
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Maine Heritage Policy Center names its chief economist as CEO

By Matthew Stone on July 02, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
The Maine Heritage Policy Center has turned to its own ranks for its new CEO. The Portland-based conservative think tank on Monday said it has chosen J. Scott Moody as its new chief executive. Moody, who has served as the center’s chief economist since 2006, replaces Lance Dutson, who was …
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Financial disclosure reports show great wealth disparity among Maine Senate candidates

By Matthew Stone on June 29, 2012, at 7:31 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Former Gov. Angus King has received more than $350,000 over the past year and a half as a consultant, trust executor, college professor, corporate director, public speaker and author, and he and his wife, Mary Herman, hold millions of dollars in assets that include stocks, bonds and …
 
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