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Maine wants a fair trial in Senate – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Sen. Margret Chase Smith’s response to Joe McCarthy: “The right thing is not always the popular and easy way. Standing up for what is right when it is unpopular is a true test of character.”

Senator Mitch McConnell’s response to impeachment: No questions asked, no witnesses/documents called, and President Trump will not be removed from office.

McConnell has broken his oath for “impartial justice and uphold the constitution.” I ask Sen. Susan Collins, shouldn’t he be recused?

In August 2016, Sen. Collins stated: “It is impossible to support Mr. Trump due to his lack of…

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Collins, Hassan bill would help rural students – WCAX

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Maine Sen. Susan Collins and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan have introduced a bill that would help rural students reach their higher education goals and connect with employment in their hometowns.

The bill is called The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act.

The bill would create a demonstration program to encourage rural community stakeholders to partner together to help their students matriculate, graduate, and enter the workforce.

These partnerships would…

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Collins, Hassan bill would help rural students – Houston Chronicle

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan introduced a bill that would help rural students reach their higher education goals and connect with employment in their hometowns.

“Our bipartisan bill encourages schools and employers to forge partnerships that will put students on pathways to the high-need jobs available where they live,” Collins, a Republican, said in a statement Wednesday. “I encourage our colleagues…

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Sen. Collins, Hassan bill aims to help rural students – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have introduced a bill that aims to help rural students reach their higher education goals and connect with employment in their hometowns. 

The bill is called The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act, and the two senators said it would create a demonstration program to encourage rural community stakeholders to partner together to help their students matriculate, graduate, and enter the workforce. 

These partnerships would draw on the talents of…

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Letter to the editor: Senators should support carbon dividend bill – Press Herald

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Global warming is now a crisis, but there is a way you can help both the planet and your budget. HR 763 would place a fee on carbon based fuel ( gas, oil and coal) and return that money directly and equally to every American. A family of four would get about $288 monthly starting a month before the fees start. This would allow people to afford the estimated 15 cent increase per gallon on gas and oil in the first year . The fee on fossil fuels and the dividend would increase yearly until the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is reduced adequately to stop global warming.

A recent Citizens…

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US senator calls for offshore jobs deal – reNEWS

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US senator Edward Markey has written to several offshore wind developers calling for them to enter into project labour agreements (PLA) for all planned developments off Massachusetts and the larger east coast of the country.

The Democrat senator for Massachusetts wrote to Vineyard Wind, Orsted, Mayflower Wind and Equinor saying that a PLA would ensure that newly created jobs in the offshore wind industry are good-paying, safe and filled with a highly skilled local union workforce.

He said: “The introduction of offshore wind facilities off the coast of Massachusetts…

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Jones’ military widows’ tax repeal included in final defense bill – alreporter.com

U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act in the final annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks a significant step in the 18-year effort to pass legislation to repeal the law that penalizes our nation’s Gold Star families by preventing them from receiving the full survivor benefits for which they have earned and paid for.
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Trump’s Senate alter ego can’t stop talking – POLITICO

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Since winning his Senate race against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp a year ago, Cramer hasn’t changed his speaking style even though it was widely viewed as a liability on the campaign trail by Republicans and Democrats. As a congressman, Cramer was known for what his critics call gaffes but which he views as central to his authenticity.

Take his suggestion that Democratic congresswomen might have a type of disease when they wore “bad-looking white pantsuits” to Trump’s address to Congress in solidarity with Hillary Clinton. It’s the kind of comment that might cause a political…

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Sen. Collins leads resolution honoring first all-female spacewalk – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

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MAINE, USA — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led all 23 of their fellow female senators in introducing a resolution to congratulate astronauts Dr. Jessica Meir and Christina Koch.

Dr. Meir was born and raised in Caribou. She graduated from Caribou High School in 1995.

On October 18, 2019, Dr. Meir and Ms. Koch conducted a seven hour and seven minute spacewalk to replace a power controller, resulting in the first all-female spacewalk in history. They are the 14th and 15th women, respectively, to ever conduct a spacewalk.

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84 current members of Congress cast a vote in Clinton’s impeachment — most opposed it – The Washington Post

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In total, there are 84 current members of the House and Senate who cast ballots on either Clinton’s impeachment or on his possible removal in the Senate. Most of those veterans of the Clinton impeachment are Democrats, and, therefore, most opposed the articles of impeachment or removal.

There are 41 sitting Democratic members of the House who voted against all four articles targeting Clinton. Another six Democrats who are now senators then served in the House, where they voted against all four articles. One current House Republican, Rep. Peter T. King (N.Y.), voted against the four…

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Harris, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Cosponsored by All 25 Women Senators Honoring First All-Female Spacewalk – YubaNet

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WASHINGTON, D.C. December 10, 2019 – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with all 22 of their female colleagues, in introducing a resolution congratulating astronauts Dr. Jessica U. Meir and Christina H. Koch for the historic accomplishment of completing the first all-female spacewalk. The bipartisan resolution also supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) efforts to fully integrate women into the astronaut corps and ensure that one of the next humans to walk on the moon will…

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Schiff’s report is 100% empty when it comes to evidence – New York Post
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Schiff’s report is 100% empty when it comes to evidence – New York Post

House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Trump without evidence of any crime. On Monday, Dems will make their case based on Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment report. It claims to present “stark evidence of misconduct.” In reality, the report plays tricks to frame Trump and damage his re-electability, while bending over backward to inoculate Joe Biden from accusations of foreign scandal. This isn’t a fact-finding report. It’s a Democratic campaign plan. Democrats can’t undo 2016, but they are determined to rig 2020.
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Sen. Collins’ staff shared constituent information to smear a high school critic – mainebeacon.com

It appears Sen. Susan Collins’s staff released constituent information about a school trip to D.C. to a far-right former representative as part of an effort to falsely smear a Maine high school senior who was critical of Collins. On Nov. 14, Camden student Pearl Benjamin penned a column in The Camden Herald calling out the newspaper’s owner, local media mogul Reade Brower, for his strangely naive defense of Sen. Collins “the person.”
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The GOP impeachment wall: Why Republicans won’t walk away from Trump – NBCNews.com

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WASHINGTON — Late in the afternoon of Aug. 7, 1974, Republican leaders in Congress traveled up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House to deliver a stark message to Richard Nixon: His presidency was over.

The public had turned on Nixon as evidence emerged about his role in the Watergate scandal and the bottom fell out once his own party abandoned him.

“None of us doubted the outcome. He would resign,” conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater later wrote of the meeting in his memoir. Two days later, Nixon stepped down.

Today, as Democrats in the House of Representatives move toward bringing articles…

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A former Google executive moved back to Maine and entered the 2020 Senate race. Can he win? – Bangor Daily News

Former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse made his first speech as a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate on Saturday. His message to a state he’s getting reacquainted with was simple — he wasn’t always a Google executive. There is room for skepticism as the 49-year-old steps late into a primary for the right to face U.S. Sen. Susan Collins that has a heavy favorite in House Speaker Sara Gideon. Maine Democrats have long climbed the political ladder into high-profile races. But his background and an apparent willingness to spend his own money could make him potent.
Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News
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Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News

An ethics watchdog is calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate the Maine Democratic Party, alleging that it failed to release funds that were illegally donated to it by 2020 Senate candidate Sara Gideon. Gideon, who is running to replace Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, received reimbursements from her Gideon Leadership PAC after she donated thousands of dollars to both the state's Democratic Party and a congressional campaign -- indicating she violated campaign finance law by serving as a proxy for a PAC's contribution.
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Collins filmed leaving another billionaire-hosted Park Avenue fundraiser – mainebeacon.com

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On the evening of Oct. 24, Senator Susan Collins was filmed leaving a fundraiser hosted by Wall Street billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, a GOP megadonor and the biggest backer behind a new group running ads for Collins in Maine.

The video, posted by the American Bridge 21st Century PAC, shows Collins getting into a car outside Schwarzman’s $35-million apartment at 740 Park Avenue, a building that was the former abode of the late industrialists David Koch and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., among other billionaires.

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Some Vulnerable Senate Republicans Being Outraised by Opponents – TIME

The trouble for Republicans extends to states where they’re supposed to be on firmer ground. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst didn’t crack $1 million and was outraised by the leading Democrat. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis narrowly outraised Democrat Cal Cunningham but is also facing a primary challenge from the right that has forced him to spend millions in early TV and radio ads.
How strong is Trump’s Senate ‘firewall’ against impeachment? – WJLA
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How strong is Trump’s Senate ‘firewall’ against impeachment? – WJLA

Gene Healy, a vice president at the think tank Cato Institute explained, “A lot of what you read is that behind closed doors, the Republican caucus is extremely frustrated and disturbed with President Trump, but they’re probably scared that their own voters will punish them.” Though they are open to the possibility, even ones like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
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Grant will help McCord’s Crossroads VFD get new protective equipment – Gadsden Times

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The firefighters who protect the McCord’s Crossroads community will be better protected while doing so, thanks to a grant for personal protective equipment.

McCord’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Lindsey said the department will purchase 19 sets of PPE to replace gear that ranges from 13 to 14 years old. This structural turnout gear normally has a life expectancy of 10 years…

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Jon Ossoff, Clarkston mayor Ted Terry make appearances on Georgia Southern campus ahead of senatorial race – The George-Anne

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STATESBORO — The Bulloch County Democratic Party hosted several senatorial candidates running against David Perdue in 2020 in the Williams Center multipurpose room on Friday night.

Johnathan McCollar, the mayor of Statesboro, said in his opening address that citizens should be involved in the political process by not only voting, but by being active attendees of local political meetings.

“Once you vote, show back up at the city council meetings, the county commission meetings, the board of education meetings,” McCollar said. “Let those individuals…

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John Hickenlooper posts Colorado fundraising record in his first six weeks as U.S. Senate candidate – The Colorado Sun

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John Hickenlooper raised more than $2.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in less than six weeks, a record haul in Colorado that affirms his Democratic front-runner status in a top-tier race.

The cash total positions the former two-term governor as the top fundraiser in his party primary but it falls short of Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who will report raising $2.45 million for his reelection bid in the three-month period that ended in June.

The Hickenlooper campaign told The Colorado Sun that 95% of the contributions from his announcement Aug. 22 through the Sept. 30…

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Byrne: The consequences of impeachment – Yellowhammer News – Yellowhammer News

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In the summer of 1973, as a student intern in Washington far from my home in Mobile, I got a firsthand view as the Senate held its Watergate hearings. For a young person, it was an amazing introduction to politics, and I was fascinated by what I saw.

I followed the subsequent impeachment proceedings in 1974 carefully. Unfortunately, as the facts came out, it was clear President Nixon couldn’t continue in office.

During the Clinton impeachment drama, I was a busy father, attorney and part-time state school board member. I could not pay as close…

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Maine briefs: Green Independent member considers challenging Collins; Students protest school’s handling of sexual assault claims; Maine suspends pharmacy whose drugs killed 2 racehorses – Times Record

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Green Independent member considers challenging Collins 

SOLON, Maine (AP) — An environmental and peace activist is forming an exploratory committee to consider running against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. 

Lisa Savage, of Solon, would run as a Green Independent Party candidate. She said Monday she’d provide an alternative to the political establishment that brought “endless wars abroad, impoverished us at home, and sold our democracy to the highest bidder.” 

There’s another Green Independent, David Gibson, who says he intends to run. 

If three or more candidates…

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