U.S. Supreme Court

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Over the summer months, the issue of reforming the U.S. Supreme Court has emerged as a topic in the Democratic presidential contest, and as a cause for critics who say justices are serving too long. The four members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation are divided on a proposal to impose term limits on court appointments.

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Both anti-abortion and abortion rights advocates gathered Saturday morning outside the Portland office of Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who is considered a possible swing vote in the confirmation process of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Senator Angus King says he has concerns about the judicial record of President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. King cites Kavanaugh’s ambiguity on Roe v Wade, the Affordable Care Act’s required coverage of pre-existing conditions and his comments about Presidential immunity as points of concern.

“He’s already pretty much stated that he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to even investigate a sitting President, which I find kind of bizarre,” King says. “In law school I learned that no person is above the law.”

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process has become hyper political and could damage public confidence in the courts. Collins' comments come just a day after President Trump announced Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee.

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About twenty people spent their lunch break in downtown Bangor Tuesday protesting President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Jill Weber, a member of activist group Indivisible MDI, arrived wearing a black robe and carrying a poster that gave her the hair, earrings and necklace of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She hopes Senators Collins and King vote against Kavanaugh's nomination. 

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"Tonight it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. "

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With President Trump's announcement of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee just hours away, health care advocates are stepping up pressure on Senator Susan Collins to protect abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are concerned with the United States Supreme Court ruling today that family-owned corporations do not have to provide insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.  The court ruled, 5-4, that requiring such insurance coverage violates a federal law protecting religious freedom.

Women's rights advocates in Maine are condemning the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that allows family-owned corporations to refuse to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

"The Constitution gives us all the right to our religious beliefs, but it does not give individuals the right to impose their beliefs on others," says Alison Beyea, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, in a statement. "The Court got it wrong in ruling otherwise today."

 Maine environmentalists celebrated Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at protecting states from the air pollution generated in neighboring states. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says the rule promises "staggeringly large benefits to our air quality."    Voorhees says the E-P-A estimates the rule will translate to 280-billion-dollars worth of health benefits per year.  It also predicts 34,000 premature deaths could be avoided by this rule.