Tag Archives: Susan Collins

Collins, King rank among most popular U.S. senators in poll

Maine really likes its U.S. senators, according to a national survey from Morning Consult. Susan Collins, a Republican, scored an approval rating of 78 percent in a poll of 654 Mainers, the second-highest mark in the country, only behind independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who received an 83 percent rating. Independent Angus King’s mark wasn’t too shabby, either: His […]

Collins, King oppose GOP bid to roll back Obama emissions rules

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to roll back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, with Maine’s senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, opposing the measure. The Senate voted 52-46 against the plan in a little-used procedure that can block executive orders with a majority vote, according to the Associated Press. But though […]

Voting irregularities mar Sanford legislative election

Republican Matthew Harrington’s victory in the special election for a Maine House of Representatives seat representing part of Sanford was confirmed in a Friday recount. However, it came with bipartisan criticism of problems at one polling place, including a Maine Republican Party accusation of voter fraud against a former Democratic state senator. That attack’s validity is […]

Maine moves to 48th (!) on Forbes business-friendly list

Good news, Maine! We’re No. 48! That’s on the Forbes magazine list of business-friendly states. Maine sat at 49th last year after taking 50th place — last among states, for you civic-minded people — from 2010 to 2013. It gives Maine the worst economic climate in the country, pegging the state’s growth prospects at 49th. Forbes does […]

Daily Brief: Veterans returning to State House one day after National Guard chief’s firing

Good morning. Do you feel like you’re adequately represented in the Legislature? How far do you live from your state senator? If you live in one of the rural parts of the state, chances are your senator lives miles away but if you live in a city, she’s probably within a few miles. That’s because […]

Daily Brief: Murderous Frank Underwood more popular than Obama

File photo of cast member Spacey posing at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to gain support for his budget proposals related to fighting the rampant substance abuse that plagues many Maine communities. The governor has asked reporters and TV crews to meet with him in the Cabinet room to stump for the plan, which includes funding to invigorate […]

Daily Brief: Blitz to raise minimum wage takes off today at the State House

Good morning and welcome to your Monday Daily Brief. It’s minimum wage day in Augusta and if you need a sound track, check out this old, 47-second, three-word (including “HEEYA!”) song from They Might Be Giants. Thanks to myself, I’ll be humming it all morning. Maybe you will too? Seriously, though, supporters of raising Maine’s minimum […]

Daily Brief: LePage isn’t the first Maine governor to oppose methadone

Good morning. It’ll be a somber day in the Hall of Flags today when cancer patients, survivors and their families gather to advocate against the ghastly disease.  Specifically, the American Cancer Society will use its annual lobbying day to ask lawmakers to support legislation improving palliative care, oppose cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to […]

Daily Brief: What does Susan Collins have in common with Cyndi Lauper?

Good morning from Maine’s capital, where the House and Senate are convening this morning and committees are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  The focus on animals this legislative session continues today with a bill, sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth, that would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops unless they were born […]

Daily Brief: Susan Collins in Selma, ‘tax havens’ bill returns after veto

Original "foot soldiers" Tillman Wright who marched during Bloody Sunday shouts during a prayer at the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma

Good morning from Augusta. We hope this weekend’s time change hasn’t disrupted your sleep schedule too much. Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, will present a bill today to crack down on the use of tax havens by huge companies that operate in Maine. Tipping-Spitz will be hoping the bill fares better than a version proposed last year by […]