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  • The disaster that is the modern Democratic Party began 50 years ago in Chicago

    09/20/2018 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cp124 · 44 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 9/19/2018 | Charles Todorich
    SOUTH PORTLAND — Sometimes it takes a confluence of events to provide clarity to the muddle. The events in this case are the 50th anniversary of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August 1968, the recent death of Sen. John McCain and the mind-numbingly idiotic statement by Fox News commentator Marie Harf on “Outnumbered” on Aug. 16 that “the highest form of patriotism is protest.” The muddle is the catastrophic state of the modern Democratic Party.....

    09/19/2018 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19,2018 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    My hunch at the time was that Specter was offended by the unfair, late-hit aspect of the Hill charges against Thomas. I think the same dynamic is unfolding right now. Sen. Collins is clearly perturbed and offended by the way the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh came to light, and Sen. Jeff Flake (also the wavering Bob Corker) have both said that if Dr. Hill doesn’t appear next Monday, the Senate should proceed to a vote. The hint seems to be that all of them, in the absence of any additional credible information, are ready to vote for Kavanaugh. Keep your...
  • Susan Collins Calls for Lawyer Questioning in Kavanaugh Drama [my title]

    09/18/2018 9:34:08 AM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 108 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/18/18 | Susan Collins
    I'm writing to the Chairman & RM of Judiciary Cmte respectfully recommending that at Monday’s hearing, counsel for Prof. Ford be allocated time to question Judge Kavanaugh & counsel for the Judge be granted equal time to question Prof. Ford, followed by questions from Senators.
  • Stephen King Predicts Susan Collins Is Doomed If She Votes for Kavanaugh

    09/17/2018 1:49:04 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 63 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 17, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Creepy horror story writer Stephen King promised an electoral horror show for Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. King's prediction came in the form of a tweet he posted on Saturday. This comes as no real surprise since King has a track record of really hating Donald Trump.  First a look at his tweet threat followed by a trip into the dark recesses of King's mind.

    09/17/2018 10:19:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 154 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/17/2018 | SAAGAR ENJETI
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her handling of high-school-era sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... ....snip.. The chairman explained that “the standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford,” adding, “I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set...
  • Sen. Collins Criticizes Democrats' Handling of Christine Blasey Ford's Accusations Against Kavanaugh

    09/17/2018 7:44:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 17, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    “What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Sen. Collins commented. “If they believed Professor Ford, why didn’t they surface this information earlier so that he could be questioned about it?” she wondered. “And if they didn’t believe her and chose to withhold the information, why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it? It is really not fair to either of them the way it is...
  • Scoop: GOP Plans To Play Hardball On Kavanaugh

    09/17/2018 4:12:27 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 83 replies ^ | The senators to watch: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the most crucial swing vote, told CNN that sh
    Strategists advising Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh plan to use aggressive tactics this week in response to the public accusation of a "stumbling drunk" sexual assault in high school that instantly imperiled his confirmation, top sources tell Jonathan Swan: Some involved in the process are going to urge Senate leaders to call on the accuser — Christine Blasey Ford, who went on the record with The Washington Post's Emma Brown — to testify publicly this week, ahead of Thursday's scheduled Judiciary Committee vote. This gambit basically bets that she will decline, and Republicans can then say that they tried to...
  • As Hurricane Florence bears down, Canadian power crews make pit stop in Bangor en route to Carolinas

    09/16/2018 6:59:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9/12/18 | Callie Ferguson
    **SNIP** But for thousands of power crews, the lead-up to the storm is a period of waiting to face the mess it leaves behind. The storm is expected to knock out power to as many as 3 million customers across the two states, utilities officials in the Carolinas said Wednesday afternoon. “I was expecting the call [from the power company] when I saw it on the news,” said Raymond Gallant, a 70-year-old lineman from New Brunswick. He was among a mix of linemen, mechanics, loggers and carpenters on Wednesday who signed up to spend an anticipated three weeks on the...
  • Dems engage in last-ditch effort to block Kavanaugh

    09/16/2018 6:50:58 AM PDT · by upchuck · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 15, 2018 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Democrats making a last-ditch effort to block Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court are arguing he misled members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with incomplete or unsatisfactory answers to questions. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the pitch publicly to undecided Republicans, arguing that during his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh “evaded” questions, gave “totally unsatisfactory” answers or, in some cases, “offered misleading testimony” and “shaded the truth” about his work in the George W. Bush White House. “I urge my colleagues on the other side to scrutinize Judge Kavanaugh’s comments to the Judiciary Committee … and decide for yourself...
  • Activists raise $1M to pressure Sen. Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, report says

    09/12/2018 5:55:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 12 2018
    A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million as of Tuesday for the opponent of Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, a move she likened to bribery. Liberal activist groups have posted the campaign on the platform Crowdpac, drawing supporters and critics. “Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent,” the platform wrote. “Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified.”
  • Collins staffers say they're getting 'vulgar' calls over Kavanaugh

    09/11/2018 6:37:49 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/11/18 09 | Jordain Carney
    Staffers for GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), viewed as a key swing vote in the Supreme Court fight, say they are receiving "vulgar" phone calls over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. Aides for the moderate senator, on social media and in multiple reports published on Tuesday evening, detailed calls and voicemails Collins's offices have been receiving as the battle over Kavanaugh kicks into high gear ahead of an end-of-the-month Senate vote. "We've had some very abusive callers. ...We've had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff," Steve Abbot, Collins's chief of staff, told a Maine TV station. The TV...
  • Maine Senator Compares 9/11 Attack to Russian Meddling

    09/11/2018 1:41:31 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 12 replies
    Eagle Action Report ^ | 9/11/2018 | EAR Staff
    Politicizing the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by comparing alleged Russian hackers to the al Qaeda hijackers who killed 3,000 Americans? For shame. Maine Senator Angus King, an Independent who votes with Democrats, made these comments this morning in Lewiston, Maine. He said that 9/11 was "the beginning of an attack that's continuing today. They used airplanes into towers, now people can use the click of a computer key in St. Petersburg, Russia."
  • VIDEO: Angus King’s Equates Russian Hacking to 9/11

    09/11/2018 10:57:13 AM PDT · by lward99 · 13 replies
    Eric Brakey ^ | 9/11/18 | Eric Brakey for Senate
    Auburn, ME – Eric Brakey issued a response to Angus King following comments made this morning in Lewiston by the Senator comparing Russian hackers to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I am appalled that Angus King, on today of all days, compared the brutal terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the murder of over 3,000 innocent Americans to Russian computer hackers. The two things are simply incomparable, and reflect the deranged thinking of Angus and his liberal allies. “Sen. King’s crass statements are an insult to the victims, their families and our first responders. King should retract his statement immediately and apologize...
  • Grassley moves to set up committee vote on Kavanaugh nomination

    09/10/2018 3:59:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to set up a Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, likely next week. Grassley's office on Monday sent out an agenda for a business meeting the committee will have on Thursday. Kavanaugh's nomination is included as one of roughly two dozen judicial nominations that could get a vote. The move means Kavanaugh's nomination could get a vote as soon as this week. But Democrats are expected to delay the vote until next week, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will likely be taken up by the committee on Sept. 20. Under committee rules, any...
  • Collins’s office received 3,000 coat hangers protesting Kavanaugh

    09/08/2018 10:14:29 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/08/18 | Tal Axelrod
    Activists have sent Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) 3,000 coat hangers, referencing back-alley abortions, in their efforts to persuade her to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The mail-ins accompany TV ads aimed at swaying the senator’s vote and pledges to fund her Senate opponent in 2020 if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh, The Associated Press reports. The centrist Collins is seen as a critical swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and has said she wouldn’t vote to confirm a nominee who was hostile to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortions. She...
  • Activists pledge over $360k to Collins' future opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh

    09/05/2018 11:57:06 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/05/18 | Avery Anapol
    Activists have pledged more than $360,000 to Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) future Democratic opponent should the Maine Republican vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. A fundraiser through the site CrowdPAC has attracted donations from more than 13,000 people as of the second day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, and is working toward a $500,000 goal. “The people of Maine have made it clear that they want you to vote NO on Kavanaugh, and we’re counting on you to do the right thing,” the fundraising site reads. “You have the chance to stand up for the people of Maine –...
  • Maine Group Sends Dire Warning to Susan Collins About Kavanaugh

    09/05/2018 8:06:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 8/5/2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Mainers for Accountable Leadership is sending a dire message to their elected representative Sen. Susan Collins (R). In a new video, a group of women tell the senator their varying reasons for why she needs to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The reasons range from: He will reverse Roe v. Wade, to people will die. If @SenatorCollins votes for Kavanaugh, we will replace her. Join the campaign - pledge $20.20 to a Collins opponent at #StopKavanaugh #mepolitics — Mainers for Accountable Leadership (@mfalpac) September 3, 2018 "It has been pretty demoralizing to know your elected representative...
  • In Kavanaugh confirmation fight, just a handful of senators hold the key

    09/02/2018 10:04:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2018 | Chad Pergram
    The Senate’s final verdict on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – whose high-stakes, high-wire confirmation hearing begins Tuesday – will hinge on the views of just a handful of lawmakers. As it stands, Republicans hold a razor-thin, 50-49 majority with one vacancy. Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will soon appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., but even then the GOP majority can suffer few defections. These are the senators to watch: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska These senators can be mavericks in their own right. Further, they fret about how health care issues...
  • PETA Hopes To Build Memorial Where Lobsters May Have Died In Maine Crash

    08/30/2018 4:57:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 27, 2018
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want to build a 5-foot tombstone where lobsters may have died after a crash on Route 1 in Brunswick, Maine, last week. According to the Brunswick Police Department several of the crustaceans that a Cozy Harbor Seafood truck was carrying got crushed as a result of the rollover. [Snip] The organization sent a letter to the Maine Department of Transportation asking if it could create the roadside memorial where the lobsters lost their lives.
  • Gov. LePage hospitalized in Bangor [Maine]

    08/26/2018 12:16:04 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 25 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 8/26/2018 | Staff Reports
    Gov. LePage hospitalized in Bangor After feeling some 'discomfort', he went to a hospital in New Brunswick, then to Presque Isle and finally EMMC. Gov. Paul LePage was taken by ambulance to a Bangor hospital after experiencing discomfort Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick. LePage arrived at Eastern Maine Medical Center at 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, according to a news release from his office. He was held overnight and “resting comfortably,” Sunday afternoon. “Doctors said he is very strong and healthy,” said the release. No details were given about the nature of his discomfort. LePage first went to a...