Stories about Charlie Summers

Lance Dutson

Charlie Summers hires head of Maine Heritage Policy Center to lead campaign

By Matthew Stone on June 28, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Charlie Summers has turned to the leader of a conservative advocacy group and experienced Republican operative to manage his campaign. Summers said Thursday his campaign has hired Lance Dutson, CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, to lead the Republican’s bid for the U.S. Senate seat being …
Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling was announced.

Maine Democrats cheer Supreme Court decision; Republicans attack health care law as tax hike

By Jackie Farwell and Matthew Stone on June 28, 2012, at 11:27 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats in Maine hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Obama administration’s landmark health care law as a victory for consumers, while Republicans sharpened their attacks on the federal law by calling it an unprecedented tax increase. State political leaders on Thursday were starting …
Charlie Summers

Charlie Summers to keep state job during Senate campaign

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on June 26, 2012, at 4:19 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s top election official, who’s running for U.S. Senate, has a message to critics who want him to step down as secretary of state during the campaign. “They want me to resign and I’m not going to do it,” Charlie Summers said Tuesday after criticism from the …
Cynthia Dill

Dill says she’s open to King’s super-PAC challenge, wants more money limits

By Matthew Stone on June 21, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrat Cynthia Dill is telling her main independent rival in Maine’s U.S. Senate race that she’s open to negotiating an agreement that results in the candidates disavowing outside spending from so-called super-PACs. But the state senator from Cape Elizabeth also wants former Gov. Angus King to agree …
Maine Sen. Cynthia Dill claims victory in the race for the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at a Democratic "Victory Party" at Bayside Bowl in Portland.

Cynthia Dill not afraid to speak her mind in US Senate race

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on June 17, 2012, at 12:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Despite Maine’s long hunting tradition, she rebuked the National Rifle Association. In the face of loud opposition, she wants to consider a national park in northern Maine. While her fellow Democrats celebrated a presidential visit, she chose to protest against big money in politics. Cynthia Dill, who …
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, speaks at the Maine Republican Convention at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Olympia Snowe connections run deep for GOP candidates Charlie Summers, Kevin Raye

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on June 16, 2012, at 12:30 p.m.
PORTLAND | Outgoing Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe isn’t running for another term, but her imprint will still be seen in this year’s general election campaign in two GOP congressional candidates. Charlie Summers, who won Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary, was Snowe’s state director from 1995 to 2004. Kevin Raye, who …
Secretary of State Charlie Summers

Draft of Maine same-sex marriage question released

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2012, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The draft referendum question for November’s ballot concerning gay marriage was issued Thursday by the Maine secretary of state’s office. It reads: “Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Proponents of same-sex marriage who submitted enough signatures earlier this year to put the issue on …
U.S. Senate Republican hopeful Charlie Summers keeps his fingers crossed at his headquarters in South Portland on Tuesday night June 12, 2012.

Secretary of State Charlie Summers wins GOP Senate race

By Matthew Stone on June 12, 2012, at 9:47 p.m.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Summers led the field with 30 percent of the vote.
Debra Plowman

Large number of undecideds mean Maine Senate race is anyone’s game

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on June 11, 2012, at 4:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | Congressional hopefuls appeared on talk radio shows, met with voters on downtown streets and worked the phones Monday, a day ahead of the primaries to determine which party candidates will appear on November’s ballot. Six Republicans and four Democrats are running in Tuesday’s primary election to determine …
Republican Senate hopeful Charlie Summers gestures while speaking at a candidate forum in South Portland on Wednesday morning May 23, 2012 while fellow hopeful, Maine Attorney General Bill Schneider, smiles.

Republican candidates tout records, set sights on DC in Chamber forum

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 23, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Reduction in the federal deficit, less government regulation of small business, and the sentiment that unenrolled candidate and former Gov. Angus King is a liberal posing as an independent were threads of a forum of Republican U.S. Senate candidates Wednesday morning. The forum, held by the …

Poll: 42 percent of Mainers surveyed can’t name Senate hopeful

The Associated Press on May 11, 2012, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | Republican and Democratic candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe have their work cut out to earn name recognition before the June 12 primaries, according to a poll released Friday. A Critical Insights phone survey asked 600 Maine residents to name any …
State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin

Republican candidates for Senate to attend forum at Bangor church

The Associated Press on April 22, 2012, at 9:26 a.m.
At least three Republican candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Maine have signed up to attend a candidates’ forum this week and a representative for a fourth will also attend. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bangor Baptist Church, 1476 Broadway. It …

Senate rejects bill prompted by constitutional officers’ political activities

The Associated Press on March 28, 2012, at 2:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Legislation prompted by the political activities of Maine’s three constitutional officers has been rejected by the state Senate. By a 21-12 vote Wednesday, senators rejected a proposal calling for a bill that spells out what personal political activities should be allowed and barred by the three state …

Partisan divide grows as session winds down, elections inch closer

By Eric Russell on March 28, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The latest round of political maneuvering in Augusta involved a Senate vote Wednesday to examine whether constitutional officers should run for public offices, such as Congress. Sen. John Patrick, D-Oxford, introduced an order that would direct the Legislature to explore that ethical argument in light of the …
Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers

Charlie Summers kicks off U.S. Senate candidacy

By Eric Russell on March 27, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate on Tuesday by emphasizing his military and small-business background and by borrowing words from the Republican standard-bearer Ronald Reagan. When he ran for president in 1980, Reagan bemoaned the country’s lack of leadership and …
Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers

Secretary of State proposes stricter changes to teen driving laws

By Eric Russell on March 26, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s secretary of state has recommended doubling the number of supervised hours a driver with a permit must log before obtaining a driver’s license, and more than tripling the minimum fine for texting while driving. In a report to the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, Secretary of State Charlie …
Scott D'Amboise

D’Amboise sharpens campaign in six-way GOP primary for Senate seat

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on March 25, 2012, at 12:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | A crowded GOP field splits the vote, helping a tea-party backed conservative win the primary. Then an independent candidate creates a three-way race in which the Republican emerges with a victory in November. That was the path Paul LePage followed to the Blaine House in 2010. And …
Kevin Raye

Democrat challenges Kevin Raye’s petitions for U.S. House seat

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on March 23, 2012, at 12:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | The 10-candidate field for U.S. Senate is set for the June 12 primary after no one decided to challenge petitions filed by six Republicans and four Democrats seeking to get on the ballot, but Democrats are trying to knock one Republican U.S. House candidate off the ballot, …
Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers

Lawmakers reject voter ID bill but authorize study of election system

By Eric Russell on Feb. 03, 2012, at 6:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted to direct the Secretary of State to conduct a thorough study of Maine’s election system, a move that ends a controversial carryover bill that sought to require voter identification. Two weeks ago, Secretary Charlie Summers sent an …
Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers stops into the polls at the Bangor Civic Center last week.

Secretary of State says better driver’s ed can prevent other tragic teen deaths

By Alex Barber on Nov. 13, 2011, at 7:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A funeral for two teens killed in a car crash last week was held in Hermon on Saturday. Secretary of State Charlie Summers wants to prevent similar tragedies. Summers is organizing a review of the driver education system for the state in hopes of reducing the number …