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  • Republican Sen. Susan Collins won’t vote for Donald Trump

    08/08/2016 7:05:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has become the second and most-senior Republican senator to say she will not vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump for president. In an op-ed published online Monday night in The Washington Post, Ms. Collins said it was “not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican.” The column outlined a series of common criticisms of Mr. Trump’s conduct and temperament — mocking a reporter with disabilities, feuding wioth a Muslim Gold Star family, suggesting a Mexican-American judge might not be impartial.
  • Gun Control Wall, Bolstered by Republicans, Shows a Crack

    06/29/2016 7:10:00 AM PDT · by ZULU · 41 replies
    New York TImes ^ | June 29 2016 | Carl Hulse
    Eight Senate Republicans joined with 44 Democrats on a Republican-proposed compromise that would deny people on two different federal watch lists the ability to buy weapons unless they could successfully appeal that decision. Several other Republican senators showed some willingness to accept new restrictions on gun purchases if they could be structured in an acceptable way. A bipartisan companion measure also was introduced in the House.
  • McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns

    06/23/2016 4:43:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. “The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell,” said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide. McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key...
  • Rep. Collins(NY): No Question, Trump Will Be The GOP Nominee

    03/21/2016 10:15:43 PM PDT · by mbrfl · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | March, 21, 2016 | FoxBusiness
    Rep. Collins (R-NY) discusses yesterday's meeting between Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers.
  • Life of Collins submarines to be extended by another 10 years

    03/01/2016 5:47:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | MARCH 2, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    The navy is planning to keep all six of its Collins-class submarines in operation until enough new boats are ready to replace them, well into the 2030s. Close to $2 billion has been allocated for upgrade work. Two of the older Collins boats will require overhauls to extend their lives and the others will be modernised progressively to ensure they can match other submarines in the region. Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin told The Australian extra time was needed because the process of selecting, designing and building the new submarines could not be rushed and to ensure that Australia...
  • Hard-working UMaine senior named McDonald’s ‘Crew Person of the Year’

    02/15/2016 6:06:47 PM PST · by Steven Scharf · 16 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Febuary 15, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    Hard-working UMaine senior named McDonald's 'Crew Person of the Year' By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff Feb. 15, 2016, at 5:47 p.m. OLD TOWN, Maine - It's not easy to surprise Lee Jackson. The local McDonald's employee, who also is a University of Maine senior and Old Town school board member, arrived at work early Monday only to find several dignitaries and relatives waiting at the restaurant to take part in a ceremony in which he would be named a national Crew Person of the Year. "You were early. That doesn't surprise me," U.S. Sen. Susan Collins told Jackson, as he...
  • 3 GOP Senators oppose clause in ACA repeal bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    12/03/2015 2:58:39 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 37 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | 3 December 2015 | Tamara Rosin
    The latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act contains a provision to strip federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Three Republican Senators want to remove the item, according to The Hill. Republican Senators Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have filed an amendment with Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) that would remove the Planned Parenthood provision from the reconciliation proposal currently on the Senate floor. As is, the repeal bill aims to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and reallocate the money to other community health centers, according to the report. Republican leaders have conveyed confidence they...
  • Sen. Susan Collins likely to vote no on defunding Planned Parenthood

    07/29/2015 8:49:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday said she is likely to oppose a bill backed by Senate Republican leaders that would defund Planned Parenthood. “I'm still looking at the bill, but if it is an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood before we have more facts in, then I would likely oppose the amendment,” Collins told reporters.
  • What Could Be More Appropriate on Easter? Jerry Coyne Challenges Francis Collins on Metaphysics

    04/06/2015 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 4 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | April 5, 2015 | Michael Egnor
    What Could Be More Appropriate on Easter? Jerry Coyne Challenges Francis Collins on Metaphysics Michael Egnor April 5, 2015 3:15 AM | Permalink National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins, who is a devout Christian, did an interview recently with National Geographic about his faith and his science. Predictably, Jerry Coyne, an atheist biologist from the University of Chicago, took exception to some of Collins's answers about the compatibility of faith in God and science. Collins: [Question asked of Collins] Are science and religion compatible?I am privileged to be somebody who tries to understand nature using the tools of science....
  • Senate Republican offers compromise to let Dreamers stay

    02/04/2015 12:07:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 4, 2015 | BY SUSAN CORNWELL
    (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate Republican on Wednesday proposed breaking the impasse in Congress over President Barack Obama's immigration policies by blocking only his 2014 executive order affecting the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The amendment from Senator Susan Collins of Maine would not affect Obama's 2012 program that helped undocumented child immigrants, widely known as the "Dreamers" program. The amendment marked a crack in Republican solidarity behind a House of Representative-passed bill that would defund the actions that Obama took both in 2012 and 2014 to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people....
  • N. Ga.'s Collins vows congressional fight over Obama immigration plan

    11/21/2014 8:50:37 AM PST · by Principled · 10 replies
    Access North Georgia ^ | 11/21/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgia's 9th District Congressman Doug Collins issued a statement following President Obama's speech Friday night, promising that the president will get push-back from the House of Representatives on an immigration plan. "The majority of the People’s House will fight this because it is wrong. It is political retribution under the false guise of compassion, and it is yet another abuse of power the branch of government closest to the people will have to resolve," said Collins. In a prime time address to the nation, President Obama said he would use executive order to grant work permits to...
  • Susan Collins Says It's Too Late To Repeal Obamacare (Surprise!)

    10/10/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10-10-2014 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. "You know at this point, I think we’re past that," Collins said. "I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such...
  • Actor Stephen Collins investigated for alleged child molestation

    10/07/2014 5:38:09 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 81 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 10/7/14 | Staff
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Stephen Collins, the actor who played the father and pastor in the hit TV series, '7th Heaven,' is under investigation by the New York Police Dept. for allegedly molesting and exposing himself to at least three underage girls years ago...
  • DA’s clerk charged with trying to trade info for crack

    08/21/2014 2:48:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    Now that’s a good wife! A clerk at the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office scored free crack cocaine for her husband from a convicted drug dealer in exchange for tips on whether he was being investigated by her boss, court documents revealed Tuesday.
  • Maine 2nd District GOP Candidates Spar Over Support for Collins (ME)

    04/22/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | A. J. Higgins
    In the past, Republican primary opponents for Maine's 2nd Congressional District haven't been shy about expressing their criticisms of each other or the political system. But they usually draw a line at recommending that disgruntled voters should elect Democrats instead. Yet, when an audience member at a Thursday evening candidate's debate in Machias rose to criticize Sen. Susan Collins' performance in office, congressional hopeful Bruce Poliquin agreed, saying he shared the speaker's frustration. "We have career politicians who are afraid to solve tough problems," Poliquin said. "I'm a businessperson trying to solve problems. I agree with you - we ought...
  • How Collins budget plan collapsed (A RINO's lament...)

    10/13/2013 12:47:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/13/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    On Friday, it seemed that a proposal being spearheaded by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) could potentially be the key that would relieve the fiscal crisis stymieing the Capitol. By Saturday, the plan fell flat on its face. Senate Democratic leaders rejected the approach that had been drafted by the moderate from Maine — although Collins’s plan had attracted interest from several Democratic senators eager to strike a bipartisan deal. That left Collins — who had been trying to play deal maker in recent days to save Congress from itself — perplexed by the swift Democratic rebuff. “I have bent over...
  • Jason Collins, Openly Gay and Still Unsigned, Waits and Wonders

    10/10/2013 7:04:28 PM PDT · by mykroar · 49 replies
    NY ^ | 10/10/2013 | HARVEY ARATON
    LOS ANGELES — Since making the announcement last spring that he is a gay professional basketball player, Jason Collins has been widely praised, received much support and made many new friends. But with training camp for a new season under way, he has been waiting for a call from an N.B.A. team. Any N.B.A. team. When Collins, 34, a 7-foot center, wrote his coming-out cover story for Sports Illustrated — “my declaration,” he said — he proudly spoke of having been called a pro’s pro for his team-first, lunch-pail style. Never a star, he has nonetheless had a career spanning...
  • Kerry announces $4 billion economic development proposal for West Bank

    05/27/2013 2:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2013 | By Anne Geran and William Booth
    DEAD SEA, Jordan — Hoping to use economic promise as a bridge to a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced an estimated $4 billion economic development proposal for the West Bank on Sunday that he said could cut the 21 percent unemployment rate by two-thirds. “The greatest existential threat and the greatest economic threat to both sides is the lack of peace,” Kerry said. “To not try to head these off would be tragic, and it would be irresponsible.” International business leaders rallied by former British prime minister Tony Blair will propose new...
  • Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian economic plan

    05/26/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2013 | By TOVAH LAZAROFF
    DEAD SEA, Jordan – US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a $4 billion economic plan to revitalize the Palestinian economy, as he called on Israelis and Palestinians to forgive past wrongs and return to the negotiating table. “The plan for the Palestinian economy is bigger and bolder and more ambitious than anything proposed since Oslo more than 20 years ago,” said Kerry as he spoke at the closing session of the World Economic Forum by the Dead Sea in Jordan.
  • Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan

    05/26/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
    AL SHUNAH, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future. He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries...
  • NBA's Jason Collins: 'Gay' superhero!

    05/04/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT · by jimluke01 · 17 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Matt Barber
    So I guess you’ve heard. Fading, 34 year-old NBA free agent Jason Collins has been declared a hero for publicly announcing that he digs dudes. Well, it’s about time! Used to be all a guy had to do was die at Omaha Beach or some other such nonsense. The Imperialist USA is finally seeing some major progress. What callous soul wouldn’t be moved by this youngish man’s gallantry? Who wouldn’t shudder at his sacrifice? Merriam-Webster’s defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Think of it. Just as his middling basketball career...
  • NBA in no position to offer insight on Collins’ sexuality

    05/03/2013 11:21:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 3, 2013 | PHIL MUSHNICK
    Let’s give David Stern the benefit of his clout. This week, when he and Commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver, in a released statement, provided Jason Collins their support and approval as an “exemplary member of the NBA family,” they might have come at it through a different door. They might have instead released the following: “You’re kidding, right? How could we possibly have the audacity to pass judgment on Collins’ decision to reveal that he’s gay — to offer our official position and blessings on his lifestyle — when the league indulges, suffers and excuses just about every act in The Big...
  • Chicago Tribune Writer: Bears Player Must 'Explain' Position on Jason Collins

    05/01/2013 8:02:05 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Of everything I've read surrounding Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out publicly as gay Monday, this column by The Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom is by far the most disgraceful piece of yellow journalism I've come across yet. Nothing blossoms the left's fascist streak faster than their own sense of puffed up sanctimony, and it is pretty obvious Collins's decision to come out has Rosenbloom puffed up in nine different ways. In a Tuesday column, Rosenbloom publicly "outed" Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs for having the gall to not express an opinion on the Collins episode. Apparently, a number...
  • Jason Collins Isn't A Hero, Hes A Liar & A Fraud! Here's Why! (Video)

    05/01/2013 4:02:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies ^ | 5-1-2013 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Not Safe For Work (some foul language) - Full title - "Jason Collins Isn't A Hero, Hes A Liar & A Fraud! Here's Why! Pt 1 (1st Openly Gay NBA Player)" The woman who was once engaged to NBA star Jason Collins says she had NO CLUE he was gay at the time of their relationship ... in fact, she only found out last weekend ... and she was floored. Carolyn Moos (who played a few seasons in the WNBA) dated Collins for seven years and was engaged to him until they broke up in 2009 ... after Collins pulled...
  • Jason Collins vs. the voice of locker-room ignorance

    04/30/2013 6:52:25 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2013 | Dave Hyde
    Thank goodness for new Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace's quick fingers. "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH,'' Wallace tweeted Monday. Thank goodness he explained in 140 quickly-erased characters why it took until 2013 for the first active gay athlete to announce himself in a team sport.
  • White House praises Jason Collins for coming out

    04/29/2013 12:28:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/29/13 | Brian Hughes
    The White House applauded National Basketball Association player Jason Collins, who on Monday became the first active male player in a major American sport to announce he was gay. “We view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, praising the "courage" of the National Basketball Association veteran. Carney said that he had not spoken with President Obama about the development but that the White House welcomes the news and hopes
  • Surprised? Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise

    04/14/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT · by politisite · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/2013 | Gregory Wallace and Kevin Bohn
    Not thinking anyone is surprised about This but CNN is reporting that: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a statement Sunday. She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators - Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia - who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, has indicated his support for the deal.
  • Maine`s Senators, Collins/King, vote to ignore federalism in firearms debate

    04/13/2013 7:56:50 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 11 replies
    4-13-13 | johnwk
    SEE: Collins,King vote to continue gun debate WASHINGTON — Maine`s two U.S. senators voted with the majority Thursday to move forward with debate on a package of gun-control measures prompted by December's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. I would love to hear Collins explain to her constituents in Maine, under what part of the federal Constitution have they delegated a power to the federal government to enter Main and regulate the ownership of firearms. I do know Maine’s Declaration of Rights stipulates in crystal clear language that: Section 16. To keep and bear arms. Every citizen has...
  • Obama Declines Lunch w/ GOP Senators 'cuz He Didn't Have His Royal Tester There!

    03/15/2013 2:15:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    NOT a joke... Yesterday Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) described an event she hosted: served at a working lunch with Obama on Capitol Hill, the menu came from her home state's University of Maine, inc. a recipe for healthy lobster salad/blueberry pie/etc that Collins pointed-out fit Moochelle's healthy food initiative guidelines- alas, Obama could only look 'longingly' at it, as he didn't have a 'taster' present.  She pointed-out directly to him that all present in the room were 'tasters', and if it was poisoned or something they'd have all already 'keeled over'... yet -after stating 'you have better food than the Democrats...
  • Sen. Collins (ME) will vote with Reid for cloture on Hagel nomination vote

    02/14/2013 7:24:56 AM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 2/14/13
    Reid has 57 votes for cloture. Collins of Maine is one of two R's supporting cloture but claims she'll vote "no" on floor vote, when her vote will make no difference. What a coward.
  • Collins joins Leahy, backs recognition of same-sex partners under immigration law

    02/13/2013 4:03:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jordy Yager
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partner for legal residency in the country. Collins is the first Republican supporter of the bill, which Leahy has introduced in each Congress since 2003. She said it would help keep same-sex families together by giving them the opportunity to live in the United States legally. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes,” said Collins in a statement. “This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced...
  • Susan Rice, CIA director meet with GOP critics on Libya

    11/27/2012 6:25:03 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Posted by Ed O'Keefe
    Possible promotions for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell remain in jeopardy after the two officials met Tuesday with three of their Republican critics regarding how the Obama administration responded to the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the critics, said after the meeting. snip The discussions with McCain, Graham and Ayotte were arranged “to go over exactly the very questions that those senators had,” Carney said, including the origin of the information Rice conveyed on television. snip...
  • Hostess Plans to Liquidate After Mediation Fails

    11/20/2012 4:46:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | JULIE JARGON And RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday night that mediation talks with its bakers union failed and the company will proceed with plans to close down and sell its assets.
  • Hacktivist's Mom Has a Few Questions for Anonymous

    03/15/2012 8:48:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 16, 2012 | John Ransom
    When hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was arrested last week in Chicago as a part of a wide government investigation in the online group Anonymous, his mother, Rose Collins, called him a genius without any wisdom. “Again?” she asked when informed by the Chicago Tribune that her son had been arrested for hacking. “I love my son, but he is a genius with no brain. He has a 168 IQ, but he has no wisdom.”  In an attempt to educate the world at-large about the dangers of Anonymous, Rose Collins reached out to Townhall Finance and spoke about Jeremy and Anonymous. She ended by asking a...
  • Collins: Petraeus must testify

    11/13/2012 11:20:19 AM PST · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    By MANU RAJU 11/13/12 11:23 AM EST It is "absolutely imperative" that Gen. David Petraeus testify about what went wrong in Libya, even as he reels from his sex scandal roiling the intelligence community, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday. "I will say that I think it's absolutely imperative that Gen. Petraeus come and testify," Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the committee's ranking member, told reporters. "He was CIA director at the time of attack. He visited Libya at the time of attack. He has a great deal of information that we need...

    10/16/2012 10:04:55 AM PDT · by nanetteclaret · 5 replies
    Sen. Lieberman's Website ^ | October 15, 2012 | Sen. Joseph Lieberman
    WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine, Friday announced they would conduct a bipartisan inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “The lives of four patriots serving their country until the end were lost September 11, 2012, during a terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Those four men, their loved ones, and the American people deserve a full and fair accounting of why and...
  • Maine Senator Bucks Republican Party on Gay Immigration Rights

    09/21/2012 2:42:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 9/19/2012 | Lauren Fox
    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins again took a step outside of her party's box Wednesday on the issue of gay rights when she became the first Republican in the Senate to co-sponsor legislation that she says would give same-sex couples immigration rights equal to those of heterosexual couples. Collins, who's bucked her party before on gay rights issues, joined a long list of Democratic sponsors of the Uniting American Families Act. The bill would give same-sex couples the chance to sponsor their significant other for citizenship. "This legislation would simply update our nation's immigration laws to treat bi-national couples equally,"...
  • Genesis Squonk

    06/01/2012 9:50:15 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6-02-12 | self
    Now here is an old tune...
  • Redistricting Poses New Challenge for Incumbent (NY's 27th CD)

    05/28/2012 4:40:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2012 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    On May 25, 2011, Kathy Hochul woke up a star. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her from London with congratulations. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, effusively praised her. News outlets from France, Denmark and Japan all covered the story of how she had pulled off an upset in a Republican district in a closely watched special election. “It was an exhilarating time,” Ms. Hochul recalled. Life is more anxiety-filled these days for Ms. Hochul, who now is the most endangered Democratic House incumbent in New York State and one of the most imperiled in the country, according...
  • Will the Maine Twins Defect on the HHS Mandate? (Where do Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins Stand?)

    02/17/2012 6:31:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2012 | By Brian Bolduc
    On Monday, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine seemingly surrendered to President Obama on the contraception mandate, before the fight had begun. “It appears that changes have been made that provide women’s health services without compelling Catholic organizations in particular to violate the beliefs and tenets of their faith,” Snowe said. Collins made a similar statement: “While I will carefully review the details of the president’s revised proposal, it appears to be a step in the right direction.” But there may be more fight in them yet. Although the senators support forcing insurance companies to cover contraception, they...
  • Collins, Snowe call revised Obama birth control rule a good move

    02/14/2012 6:46:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jonathan Riskind
    The move by President Obama on Friday to alter his rule requiring birth-control coverage, shifting the mandate from some religious-based employers directly to insurance plans, hasn’t satisfied the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and some other critics. But Obama’s revised rule appears to have won over Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. Both had called for changes to the original rule despite their support in the past for a bill with a similar objective.
  • Longtime bachelorette Sen. Collins engaged (to a lobbyist)

    02/03/2012 12:58:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 3+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 3, 2012 | Judy Kurtz
    Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Sen. Susan Collins. The Maine Republican is engaged to Thomas Daffron, 73, the chief operating officer for the D.C.-based Jefferson Consulting Group. According to the consulting group’s website, Daffron served as chief of staff to former Sens. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and William Cohen (R-Maine). He was also a speechwriter for the late Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), a campaign manager for former GOP presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole, and a consultant during all three of Collins’ Senate campaigns. Collins, 59, has never been married.
  • Senators Stick by 2009 Stimulus (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe)

    09/23/2011 12:24:42 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 25 replies ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | By Humberto Sanchez
    Senate GOP leaders may be trying to cast the president’s latest jobs proposal as another “failed” stimulus measure, but not all Senate Republicans agree that the 2009 government spending spree was such a political disaster. Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are sticking by their votes in favor of the original Obama stimulus from two years ago, and both Republicans said last week that the law created jobs, though it could have been more effective. “I don’t think [the stimulus] failed. Virtually every study I have seen has given the stimulus credit for the creation of between 1.3 million...
  • Leaked cable: John McCain pushed to arm Qadhafi

    08/27/2011 1:49:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-08-26 | Tim Mak
    A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable shows that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain promised to help Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi obtain U.S. military hardware in 2009. The cable, released by the open information group WikiLeaks, reveals the pledge came at meeting that was attended by other prominent members of Congress, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).In the meeting, Muatassim Qadhafi, the Libyan leader’s fifth son and national security adviser, requested U.S. assistance in obtaining military supplies, both lethal and non-lethal. The cable indicates that McCain was the dominant voice among the congressional delegation in a...
  • An American Caesar

    06/24/2011 5:01:40 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 24, 2011 | Mike Dorstewitz
    “The Imperial Presidency” was written in 1973 out of Arthur Schlesinger’s concern that the U.S. presidency had exceeded its constitutional limitations. If Schlesinger were merely concerned in 1973, he’d be downright terrified today. According to Trevor Loudon’s blog, New Zeal, an American Caesar has emerged on the political landscape in the form of our current commander-in-chief. New Zeal bases its premise on the Presidential Appointment and Streamlining Act (S. 279), which is stampeding through the Senate with Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., clutching at its reins. Since its introduction, seven Republicans jumped on board in support.The stated purpose of the bill is...
  • Ryan Budget Gets 40 Votes in Senate, Obama Budget Gets 0

    05/25/2011 4:23:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 25, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    That big fat zero is not a typo.Not a single U.S. senator voted in favor of President Obama's budget proposal. Meanwhile, five members of GOP caucus voted against Ryan budget: moderates Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, independent Lisa Murkowski (Ak.), and staunch libertarian Rand Paul (Ky.). So all of the swing state Republican senators sided with Ryan.Apparently, the Senate Democrats think if they don't support anything they can't be demagogued in the same way they're demagoguing Ryan's plan. Harry Reid has dropped the phrasing that Republicans would end Medicare "as we know it," in favor of a...
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views ^ |
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • Sen. Collins: I Was Just Joking About That Balanced Budget Amendment

    04/26/2011 11:25:56 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 9 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/26/2011 | Jed Graham
    In becoming the first GOP senator to reject Paul Ryan’s House-passed budget blueprint, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has confirmed the obvious: Either she couldn’t be bothered to understand the balanced budget amendment she put her name to, or else she saw it as a far-fetched idea — but a good photo op. In fielding a Maine interviewer’s question about Ryan’s plan to “privatize Medicare, make major cuts in Medicaid,” Collins simply said: “I don’t happen to support” his prescriptions.
  • The Internet Kill Switch – One Of The Favorite New Tools Of Tyrannical Governments

    01/31/2011 7:55:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 01/31/2011 | Michael Snyder
    This past week was a perfect example of how the "Internet kill switch" is rapidly becoming one of the favorite new tools of tyrannical governments all over the globe. Once upon a time, the Internet was a bastion of liberty and freedom, but now nation after nation is cracking down on it. In fact, legislation has been introduced once again in Congress that would give the president of the United States an "Internet kill switch" that he would be able to use in the event of war or emergency. Of course there would be a whole lot of wiggle...
  • Collins pushes civil discourse (RINO says Tea Party, conservatives in GOP "do not worry" her)

    01/25/2011 3:24:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies
    The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. | 2011-01-25 | Rebecca Rubin
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