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  • Susan Collins Caught on Hot Mic Calling GOP Congressman “Fat” and “Unattractive”

    07/26/2017 1:04:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 26, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here is that sound bite from Susan Collins. She was caught on an open mic. This is following a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting yesterday. She was caught on a hot mic talking with Senator Jack Reed (Democrat-Rhode Island) about Congressman Blake Farenthold, who is a Republican from Texas. COLLINS: (muttering) Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel? REED: I know. Trust me, do you know why he challenged you to a duel? ‘Cause you could beat the s–t (bleep) out of him, trust me. COLLINS: (cackling) REED: (cackling) (muttering crosstalk) COLLILNS: That fat guy. He’s...
  • Three Republicans blocking final effort to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

    07/20/2017 8:10:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/20/2017 | Claire Chretien
    It looks like Planned Parenthood won't be defunded and Obamacare won't be repealed thanks to three Republican senators. Republicans failed to rally enough senators to vote for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would repeal and replace Obamacare. Then, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced the Senate would instead only vote on repealing the pro-abortion healthcare law. The bill repealing Obamacare would also defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Three Republican senators, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine, have all said they'd vote against the bill. This means McConnell doesn't...
  • Maine town resorts to hiring Americans as visas run out

    07/16/2017 6:30:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 75 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jazz Shaw
    That really sounds like something out of The Onion, doesn’t it? I mean, a headline like that one has to be satire. And yet it’s a very real story brought to us by The Daily Caller this week. Their title, while a bit more direct, has the same impact. “Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers.” The location is Bar Harbor, Maine, and yes, my friends… the struggle is real. Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the...
  • South Portland lawmaker suggests he would harm Trump in vulgar Facebook post

    07/12/2017 5:30:02 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 21 replies
    Press Herald ^ | July 12, 2017 | Scott Thistle
    AUGUSTA — A South Portland Democrat faced sharp criticism Wednesday after suggesting in a Facebook rant that he would harm President Trump. Maine Republicans were furious over the post by Rep. Scott Hamann and called on House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, to take action against him. Some, including Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage, said Hamann should resign. He has removed the post from his Facebook page, but the Maine Republican Party made a copy before he did so. In the closing sentence Hamann writes, “Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within...
  • Maine state rep suggests in Facebook rant he would harm Trump

    07/12/2017 2:38:41 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 7/12/2017 | Jake Bleiberg
    PORTLAND, Maine — State Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland, has said he regrets a Facebook rant in which he seemed to imply he would harm President Donald Trump if given the chance. “Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p—-y,” Hamann wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. A screenshot of the post, in which Hamann writes that Trump was “installed by the Russians” and seethes against the president, his supporters and Republicans more generally, was widely circulated on social media beginning Tuesday evening. Hamann did not respond to repeated...
  • This Republican May Sabotage the Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    06/27/2017 1:30:51 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | Jun 26, 2017 | Steven Ertelt  
    If the Senate bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business does not get the 50 votes it needs to pass, here is one probation Republican you can thank. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is one of a couple of pro-abortion Republicans in the Senate who is strenuously opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood. Here’s what she said over the weekend: “It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood,” Collins told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “There are already longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion, so this is not what this...
  • GOP Sen. Collins on Health Care Bill: ‘I Cannot Support a Bill’ That Takes Insurance From Millions

    06/22/2017 4:10:31 PM PDT · by drewh · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7:00 pm, June 22nd, 2017 | by Justin Baragona |
    Earlier today, Senate Republicans finally revealed their secret health care bill. And to say the reception was tepid would be kind. Besides the expected heavy criticism from Democrats — including former President Barack Obama — a number of GOP senators expressed their opposition. A group of four Senate Republicans has already come out to say they are currently a “no” on the bill, effectively killing it where it stands. Now, you can add another to the list. During an appearance on MSNBC’s MTP Daily, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) explained that she just couldn’t support a bill that would end up...
  • Unemployment in Maine at 32-year low, forces layoffs

    06/20/2017 12:24:19 PM PDT · by C210N · 22 replies
    WGME ^ | 06/14/2017
    Maine Labor Department officials say the unemployment rate right now may be the lowest since World War II. In fact, people are finding jobs so quickly, the Labor Department is now having to laid off employees.
  • ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation

    06/19/2017 1:31:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 26 May 17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports. Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim. However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection.
  • Senator Angus King: We Are 20 Percent Into Russian Collusion Investigation

    06/18/2017 2:59:42 PM PDT · by drewh · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said the Senate Intelligence Committee was about 20 percent into the Russian collusion investigation during the 2016 presidential election. Partial transcript as follows: TODD: Where is the Senate Intel Committee on this investigation timetable wise? I know you don’t know the exact end day of when you think you can draw a conclusion, but at least give me some sense of where you are. KING: First I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over. As far as that goes, I would say...
  • Phish Drummer Wins Local Maine Election

    06/16/2017 10:33:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2017
    The drummer for the jam band Phish has been elected to his Maine town’s Board of Selectmen. Jon Fishman will take a place on Lincolnville’s five-seat board after winning Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. He and his wife, Briar, have five children and have lived in the seaside town for the past decade.
  • ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation

    05/30/2017 4:56:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/30/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports.Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim.However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection. ACLU spokesman Oamshri Amarasingham said that the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code. The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault also supported the ACLU, arguing...
  • Evergreen State College President Gives into Demands of Leftist Student Protesters

    05/29/2017 2:58:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2017 | TOM CICCOTTA
    The president of Evergreen State College has announced he will comply with the demands of students who protested professor Bret Weinstein, who refused to participate in a campus event where white students and staff were asked to leave school grounds. Although Evergreen President George Bridges announced that progressive professor Bret Weinstein wouldn’t be suspended, Bridges announced that he would comply with the long list of demands that the students brought before him. “I’m George Bridges, I use he/him pronouns,” he began, before stating that he would comply with most of the student protester’s demands. Bridges went as far to say that...
  • Pennsylvania Republican Pushing Ban on Private Gun Sales

    05/29/2017 7:32:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 May 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Pennsylvania State Rep. Jamie Santora (R-163) is pushing a ban on private gun sales nearly identical to the ones Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action pushed in Washington state, Maine, and Nevada. Santora’s bill would bar the private sales that Americans have enjoyed since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and would require that every sale be processed in front of an agent of the government via a background check. This means that law-abiding Pennsylvanians selling a gun to a fellow hunter, lifelong co-worker, or childhood friend would have to seek out a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder and the...
  • Judge won’t reinstate charges against Portland Black Lives Matter protesters

    05/24/2017 12:11:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 24, 2017 | By Jake Bleiberg
    PORTLAND, Maine — A judge has blocked state prosecutors’ efforts to reinstate criminal charges against 17 Black Lives Matter protesters who were arrested in Portland last summer and ordered the protesters and Portland police to try again at talking through their differences in a so-called “restorative justice” session. Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Lance Walker’s Tuesday ruling orders protesters and prosecutors to try to fulfill the conditions of a plea deal that broke down earlier this year. The restorative justice agreement called for the protesters to sit down with city police to talk over their differences, to encourage mutual understanding...
  • Convicted Killer Says He Didn't Know About Possible Plea Deal

    05/11/2017 4:19:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    WGME ^ | Wednesday, May 10th 2017
    A convicted killer, sentenced to life in prison two decades ago, wants his case reviewed. Robert Wayne Lonardo says his lawyer didn't tell him about the possibility of a plea deal. Lonardo was convicted in 1994 of killing Marianne Pembrook in Waterville. Prosecutors say he shot her while he was burglarizing her home. Lonardo's lawyer says his client would have taken the 60-year plea deal if he had known, because he might have been able to get early release. Prosecutors say too much time has passed.
  • Senate rejects repeal of Obama drilling rule

    05/10/2017 12:24:28 PM PDT · by fision · 104 replies
    Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats on Wednesday to reject an effort to overturn an Obama administration rule limiting methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling. Only 49 senators voted to move forward with debate on legislation to undo the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule, short of the 51 votes needed.   Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine) and John McCain (Ariz.) joined all 48 members of the Democratic caucus in rejecting the resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). 
  • Susan Collins: House GOP made ‘mistake’ in defunding Planned Parenthood

    05/08/2017 7:44:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/08/2017 | By Valerie Richardson
    Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday called it a “mistake” for the House Republicans’ health care bill to defund Planned Parenthood. “That is an important issue to me because I don’t think that low-income women should be denied their choice of health care providers for family planning, cancer screenings, some well-women care,” the Maine Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not the only issue in this huge bill, but I certainly think that it’s not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood,” said Ms. Collins. “But it’s one of many issues.” The American Health Care Act, passed...
  • DNC Chair Tom Perez Gets Booed Loudly at First Stop of Party’s Unity Tour in Maine

    04/18/2017 9:41:08 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    The Democrat Party held its first Unity Rally in Portland, Maine. DNC Chair Tom Perez and Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders headlined the event. The Socialist crowd cheered loudly for Bernie… But when Tom Perez was mentioned they crowd booed loudly. https://youtu.be/BKCffeFlh5s
  • Road to fewer highway tolls in Maine is full of curves

    04/17/2017 12:58:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 24, 2017 | Peter McGuire
    The idea of doing away with the Maine Turnpike Authority and eliminating tolls has a long and unsuccessful history through both Democratic and Republican administrations.Gov. Paul LePage revived the concept at a town hall meeting in Gorham on Wednesday night, saying he would like to see the turnpike authority merged with the Maine Department of Transportation and the elimination of almost all tollbooths, having one only in Kittery to collect tolls from out-of-state drivers. “The only toll we should have is for the visitors coming in and out of the state in the summer months,” LePage said, adding that Mainers...