King of the Wind

Former Maine governor and independent Senate candidate Angus King is an alternative energy entrepreneur who made the most of an electric-utility restructuring law that he signed during his governorship, while obtaining loan guarantees via the same program that loaned more than $500 million to the failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, records show.

Uh-Oh, Hirono

Rep. Mazie Hirono’s (D., Hawaii) campaign to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka is at risk because of a tough primary challenge and the perception among voters that Hirono is too well coached by national Democratic Party insiders and longtime Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, according to observers of Hawaiian politics.