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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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By David Sharp, The Associated Press

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.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Political observers say the recent string of endorsements Republican Sen. Susan Collins has received from national groups that traditionally support liberal candidates signals the uphill battle Democrat Shenna Bellows faces in unseating the popular incumbent.

On Monday, Collins' picked up the support of the League of Conservation Voters. It comes on the heels of an endorsement by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. Both have supported Collins before.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows today put forward her plans for expanding Social Security benefits. Bellows, the former director of the Maine ACLU, is running against GOP incumbent Susan Collins, in November.

Jay Field

Top Maine Republicans are preaching unity, as they kick off their campaign to hold on to the governor's office and take back the seat in the 2nd Congressional District. Sen. Susan Collins, Gov. Paul LePage and 2nd District nominee Bruce Poliquin joined candidates for statewide office this morning at a rally at Husson University in Bangor. Missing at this morning's event was former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, who lost a bitter primary race to Poliquin. Both Poliquin and  LePage need Raye's support, and his supporters, to back their campaigns.

Bus drivers in Bangor are calling on Maine's congressional delegation to back more federal funding for mass transit. The drivers, who voted to unionize a year ago, gathered near one of the city's main bus stops this morning for a rally. They want U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to support a transportation funding bill, passed last week by the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. The bill essentially reauthorizes a measure signed into law by President Obama two years ago.

Patty Wight

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is calling on Republican Sen. Susan Collins to support a student loan bill before Congress.  At a press conference at Bowdoin College today, Bellows said the bill would allow students to refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate.  But it would also impose higher taxes on millionaires, which some say makes the idea little more than a political stunt.  

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The Raye for Congress campaign is demanding that 2nd District congressional primary rival Bruce Poliquin apologize for encouraging Republicans to vote Sen. Susan Collins out of office. Kevin Raye said Poliquin should be standing up for Collins instead of trying to elect her Democratic opponent, Shenna Bellows.

Republican Collins Wins BIW Union Endorsement

Apr 24, 2014
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
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It was a day of firsts at Bath Iron Works, where members of all four unions opted to give their collective endorsement to a single candidate. And bucking a long-time tradition at the shipbuilding facility, Thursday also marked the first time that the unions chose to support a Republican over a Democrat. A.J. Higgins has more.