Susan Collins

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.

Mal Leary

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.

  Maine's senior Senator talked about the issues of the day and answered listeners' questions.

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