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Angus King enjoyed widespread name recognition when he entered politics as a player, not commentator, in 1994. He had been host of the public television show "Maine Watch" for nearly 20 years before he launched his 1994 gubernatorial campaign with commercials showing him rolling up his sleeves to delve into state issues.
Comfortable in public speaking situations and savvy with the media, King won election to the Maine governorship _ his first elective race _ as an independent with 35 percent of the vote in a five-candidate race.
He milled about with lawmakers in hallways of the Statehouse and attended public sessions to deal with state fiscal problems, unusual practices for a sitting governor.
The exit of the Democrat nominee opens up a can of worms -- and potential opportunity for Democrats.
A look at other marginalized (and withdrawn) major-party nominees.
But House Speaker John Boehner said that many Republicans were skeptical of the plans laid out by Obama.
The Senate has never had more than two independents. That could change soon.
Will Democrats meddle in a three-way race to put pressure on Pat Roberts?
With August recess right around the corner, Sen. Cory Booker has a ways to go before he reaches his goal of 99 Senate selfies.
Three decades ago, 5 of our current Senators were already in the Senate. Eight hadn't graduated from high school yet.
Some were in elementary school. Some were already in the Senate.
Obama unlikely to seek formal authorization for military strike against Islamic State in Syria, congressional aides say
Senior House and Senate aides say the White House has privately conveyed the decision to top House and Senate leaders ahead of Tuesday meeting.
Airpower won't be enough, said Isakson and Graham. But others disagree.
GOP women in the Senate are taking the lead in helping Republican efforts to erase a daunting gender gap.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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