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Susan Collins May Be in Trouble

Maine GOP senator will face a tough Democratic opponent in next election

(Newser) - Susan Collins has been a mainstay in the Senate for more than two decades, but it appears the Maine Republican will have the fight of her political life on her hands in the 2020 election. On Monday, Sara Gideon—the Democratic speaker of the state House—announced that she's... More »

Susan Collins' Milestone Involves a Number: 7,000

Senator casts her 7,000th straight vote

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained over more than two decades. Keeping the perfect voting record intact hasn't been easy. Collins is careful to schedule flights back to Washington on... More »

Sen. Collins: No Way I'm Backing Trump's Nominee

The Maine senator refuses to support Matthew Kacsmaryk

(Newser) - Sen. Susan Collins is raising media eyebrows with her opposition to one of President Trump's federal judicial nominations, the Washington Post reports. The Maine Republican said Friday she won't back federal nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk, who has severely criticized gay and transgender people, as a district judge in the... More »

Arrest Made in Threat Sent to Senator Last Fall

Maine woman faces prison if convicted

(Newser) - An arrest has been made involving a threatening letter sent to Senator Susan Collins last fall. The letter sent to Collins' home in Maine was leaking a fine white powder that was thought at the time to be contaminated with ricin, ABC reports. The powder later was found to be... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Kavanaugh Now Looks Like a Lock for Court

Democrats' hopes of stopping the nominee just took a major hit

(Newser) - The smart money now says Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court justice. That became evident Friday afternoon when the Democrats' last big hope, Republican Susan Collins, announced that she would vote yes on confirmation, reports the Washington Post . After her announcement, Democrat Joe Manchin, another swing vote, said... More »

Brett Kavanaugh Just Passed a Big Hurdle

He gets enough votes in crucial Senate procedural test

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh just passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate, though his ascension to the Supreme Court is still not assured. Kavanaugh's nomination passed a procedural vote that allows it to move forward, reports Reuters . The count was 51-49. The final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh is expected... More »

Brett Kavanaugh's Chances Just Got a Lot Better

Undecided Republicans Jeff Flake and Susan Collins sound satisfied with FBI report

(Newser) - The early reaction of two pivotal GOP senators to the FBI's new Brett Kavanaugh investigation sounds like good news for the Supreme Court nominee. “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information," said Jeff Flake after being briefed on the 46-page report. And Susan Collins said "it... More »

3 Key Senators Have Problem With Trump's Ford Imitation

Sens. Flake, Murkowski, and Collins respond

(Newser) - Three senators on Wednesday publicly criticized President Trump's imitation of Christine Blasey Ford on Tuesday night, and they're senators who matter. GOP Sens. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski, all "critical Republican swing votes," as CNN puts it, shared their reaction to Trump's account... More »

Kavanaugh's Prospects Just Got Much Brighter

GOP's Jeff Flake will back him, making approval likely in Senate committee Friday afternoon

(Newser) - After Thursday's high drama , the Senate Judiciary Committee looks poised to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. The vote is scheduled for 1:30pm Eastern, reports NPR . Going into the day, the main suspense had been whether Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona would side... More »

Collins on Effort to Sway Vote on Kavanaugh: It's Bribery

Watchdog group wants DOJ to investigate groups crowdfunding to pressure Maine senator

(Newser) - More than $1.2 million has been raised to help convince Sen. Susan Collins she shouldn't cast her vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the Maine pol isn't exactly motivated by the cash influx. Mainers for Accountable Leadership, the Maine People's Alliance, and a group... More »

Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

They're threatening to donate $1.1M to her next opponent

(Newser) - Activists trying to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are threatening to make a hefty donation to Sen. Susan Collins' opponents if she votes for him—but the plan could backfire. So far, a group of liberal activists including the Maine People's Alliance and dying ALS patient Ady Barkan... More »

Collins Won't Back Nominee With 'Hostility' to Roe v. Wade

Republican is likely a must-win vote for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - GOP Sen. Susan Collins used this week's Sunday morning circuit to make clear that she is not going to vote for any Supreme Court nominee who appears to be against a woman's right to choose to have an abortion. "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated... More »

Sen. Collins Criticizes RNC for Backing Roy Moore

Republican senator believes Moore's views make him unfit to serve

(Newser) - Maine's Republican US senator said on Sunday that Alabama politician Roy Moore was unfit to serve in the Senate even before sexual-misconduct allegations against him came to light. Sen. Susan Collins made the comments on CBS' Face the Nation . She called the Republican National Committee's decision to support... More »

White House Torn Over ObamaCare Mandate Repeal

At least one Republican senator is balking at the idea

(Newser) - The White House is sending mixed signals about the fate of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as it tries to corral enough votes in the Senate to pass tax reform. After President Trump said he would like to see repeal of the mandate as part of the tax... More »

WH Adviser Suggests Trump Believes Moore Accusers

Otherwise he'd be campaigning for the Senate candidate

(Newser) - President Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet on the issue of Roy Moore , not so much as sending out a single tweet about the embattled Alabama Senate candidate and the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. But to hear one White House adviser tell it, actions in this case speak... More »

Jimmy Kimmel Thanks Susan Collins

She 'put people ahead of party,' he says

(Newser) - "Now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians!" quipped Jimmy Kimmel on his show Monday night after Maine Sen. Susan Collins put what appeared to be the final nail in the coffin of the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal plan. In an earlier tweet , the host... More »

GOP Senator's Opposition to Health Care Bill Firms Up

Collins says 'very difficult' to see voting for Graham-Cassidy

(Newser) - It now sounds like Sen. Susan Collins is doing a little more than "leaning against" the GOP's newest ObamaCare repeal effort. "It's very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill," CNN quotes the Maine Republican as... More »

Alaska Senator Is Latest to Incur Trump's Wrath

Trump disappointed with Lisa Murkowski's 'no' votes Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a motion to proceed on the healthcare debate passed the Senate 51-50, but that doesn't mean he's willing to overlook the two votes from Republicans in opposition. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump singled out Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—who cast... More »

Hot Mic Catches Senators on 'Crazy' Trump, 'Huge' Lawmaker

'He's so unattractive it's unbelievable'

(Newser) - "I don't mean to be unkind, but he's so unattractive it's unbelievable," Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday. Collins was caught on a hot mic discussing Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold after a Senate subcommittee hearing. Last week, Farenthold blamed "female senators" for defeating the... More »

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