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The Maine Republican Party is pressuring U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to approve President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border, a request that’s at odds with the Republican Senator’s expressed desire to end the partial federal government shutdown first.

Federal legislation designed to help protect amateur athletes from sexual abuse is on its way to President Trump for his signature. The bill, authored by Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins and California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, passed unanimously today in the Senate. Monday night the House passed it on a vote of 406 to 3.

Collins says that, "Amateur athletic governing bodies, like U.S.A. Gymnastics and other U.S. Olympic organizations, will now be required to immediately report every allegation of sexual abuse to the proper authorities."

Month in Review

Oct 31, 2017
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Our panel of editorial page editors reviews the news that made Maine headlines in October. Some of the stories we’ll discuss  include:  Susan Collin’s decision not to run for governor, Governor LePage and his off-again, on-again judicial nominations, and proposed fee hikes at national parks.

Guests:  Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

The Month in Review

Sep 27, 2017
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Our panel discusses the events that dominated Maine news during the month of September.

Guests: Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, the editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Susan Young, Editorial Page Editor for the Bangor Daily News

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's open to requesting President Donald Trump's tax returns if the documents are necessary to complete an ongoing probe into Russia's alleged interference in the November election. 

Collins was asked during the Maine Public call in program Maine Calling if she would support subpoenaing the president's tax returns. Collins at first said she wasn't sure such a request would be necessary, but added, "If it's necessary to get the answers then I suspect we would."

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The New York Times and other newspapers have picked up on speculation that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine might be considered as a running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. For her part, Collins has doubts.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — For months politicians on both sides of the aisle have speculated that Republican Senator Susan Collins may have eyes on the Blaine House three years from now, when Gov. Paul LePage's second term comes to an end.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president.  Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him for president," Collins said at an event in Bangor.

Collins says Bush has the executive experience as a former governor, something she says is needed by any candidate for president. She says Bush is best equipped to face the many problems a president needs to deal with.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are urging the leaders of the U.S. Senate to bring together the Republican and Democratic caucuses for regular meetings.

They signed a letter along with more than two dozen colleagues on Friday asking Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to convene monthly bipartisan lunches.

They say the meetings will strengthen relationships between the two parties, which is "critical for the Senate to live up to its reputation as the world's most deliberative body.''

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WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate caucus later this week in Washington to elect their respective leaders for the next session of Congress. Maine's two senators expect no changes in leadership, but they do expect some changes in their committee assignments and roles.

 

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PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Sen. Susan Collins will enter a fourth term in Congress. The incumbent senator defeated Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows with nearly 70 percent  of the votes. Collins' reputation as a moderate, as well as endorsements from groups that typically lean Democratic, helped her cruise to victory.

 

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PORTLAND, Maine - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has brushed aside a challenge by Democrat Shenna Bellows to win a fourth term.

Collins is the last moderate Republican from New England in Congress. She has remained popular in a state where independents comprise the largest voting bloc.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Senate could vote as soon as tonight on a constitutional amendment that would overturn the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision, governing campaign finance. With that vote looming, Maine's Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is urging her competitor - Republican incumbent Susan Collins - to support the measure.

 

The Defense subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a budget for defense spending, starting Oct. 1.

The measure has several provisions that benefit Maine, including full funding for the destroyers built at Bath Iron Works. 

"The continued disputes in the South China sea, the Chinese buildup of its fleet and the instability that we see in so many parts of the world call for maintaining a strong and capable surface fleet," said Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who serves on the panel.

Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is proposing to debate Republican Sen. Susan Collins 10 times during their race for the U.S. Senate seat Collins now holds.

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