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Senator Susan Collins was only too happy last week to vote to extend current Presidential powers to allow all manner of warrantless wiretapping.
She also supported a “snitch bill” that encouraged citizens to narc on their neighbors if they “think” those neighbors may be a threat to National security by providing immunity from […]

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The 60-28 roll call by which the Senate voted to temporarily give President Bush expanded authority to eavesdrop on foreign terrorists without court warrants included two yes votes from Maine’s senators: Collins (R) Yes; Snowe (R) Yes.
The issues on the surface are (a.) will this invasiveness be limited to foreigners or will Americans end up […]

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Senators Snowe and Collins announced a Department of Labor emergency grant fund of up to $779,362 for workers affected by the closing of Sensata Technologies in Standish, Maine. The funding will help displaced workers with assessment, case management, and career and occupational skills training services.
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Senator Collins is part of a bipartisan group proposing legislation that would provide legal protections to individuals who report suspicious activity that could be a terrorist threat - but isn’t.
The bill would provide civil immunity in American courts for citizens who, acting in good faith, report threats to our transportation systems to appropriate law-enforcement and […]

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Rep. Tom Allen made it official today that he will challenge Sen. Susan Collins, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans, in 2008. wooHoo!
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Francis “Bing” West, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under Reagan, met with sixty members of the Maine State College Republicans in Augusta assuring them that U.S. forces were not only making progress in Iraq, but “very few soldiers these days even see insurgents as part of their duties and even fewer […]

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Federal insurance programs such as crop and flood insurance are doing little to prepare for the effects of climate change. Says Senator Collins, “The rapidly mounting evidence of climate change depicts a threat that extends even beyond vital environmental and social concerns. Global warming also threatens to burden consumers and taxpayers with billions of […]

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins has $1.2 million on hand for next year’s campaign, compared to $812,484 for Democratic Rep. Tom Allen, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. In the first three months of this year, Collins raised $836,675; Allen, $393,120.
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Senator Collins is disputing a political ad that seems to portray her as a Bush loyalist and hawk. She states that “what the ad doesn’t tell you is that she was against the surge.” And that’s true. She also doesn’t mention that this change of position is fairly recent. The surge […]

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A $295 million bond package signed by Gov. John Baldacci on Tuesday leaves open the possibility that state money could be used to fund stem-cell research.
The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee last week killed two bond proposals, sponsored by House Speaker Glenn Cummings, D-Portland, and Rep. Donald Pilon, D-Saco, that would have funded adult and […]

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Chellie Pingree was not expected to run for Tom Allen’s seat if he planned to continue filling it. So Pingree’s filing of paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to raise money for a House campaign could be the key indicator that Tom Allen is going to proceed in 2008 with his own, long-expected challenge […]

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Americans United for Change, one of the liberal groups opposing the Iraq War, is running TV ads in Maine and New Hampshire targeting Senator Collins for her unflagging support for President Bush and the Iraq War:

How much of a hawk is Collins? Collins:
* Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. […]

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To quote California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer: “For the first time, the Senate has passed binding legislation to begin the redeployment of American troops out of Iraq and to change their mission from a combat mission to a support mission, as recommended by the Iraq Study Group.”
By a vote of 50-48, the Senate defeated an […]

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The Senate rejection of the Reid Resolution — a mandate to begin withdrawing U.S. combat troops within 120 days after its enactment — was a close vote: 50 to 48.
Two Democrats, one independent and all but one Republican rejected the measure including Maine’s own Susan Collins:
“The intelligence report states that such a withdrawal would likely […]

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Real+ID On Hold in Maine

The National Governors Association is offering snaps to Senator Collins her legislation that would delay the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.
Real ID is another under-funded mandate to create a single national ID for every American. The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to outsource the whole thing ensures that your most sensitive/private […]

Popularity: 50%
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Snowe and Collins are looking to reform the No Child Left Behind Act, giving states, school districts, and schools greater control and flexibility in implementing and executing the No Child Left Behind law.
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Senate Republicans are blocking debate on the Iraq war in an effort to (a.) prevent Presidential embarrassment (there’s that script) and (b.) eliminate the need for fellow Republicans to cast a vote revealing their stand on the war which could then threaten incoming campaign dollars.
You can contact your Maine Senators via form: […]

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The rotting white elephant in the President’s fiscal budget for 2007 is the now-over $500 billion dollars of accumulated and proposed money burning for Iraq. Yet everyone, it seems, from Mike Michaud to Susan Collins is shuffling their feet, looking down and commenting about how nice it is to earmark a million here […]

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In an effort to help students and families who are struggling with the high costs of a college education and to help encourage more students to attend college, Senator Collins announced a new piece of legislation - the “Improving Access to Higher Education Act” - which would raise the maximum Pell Grant award from […]

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Sen. John McCain’s presidential exploratory committee announced today that Maine Senators Snowe and Collins have drawn the short straws and have been named to serve as co-chairs for McCain’s presidential exploratory committee in Maine. I am praying that both senators are quietly doing a little scissors-paper-rock to try and pawn this turkey of a […]

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Senator Collins has introduced an amendment in the U.S. Senate that will expand to $400 per year and make permanent an above-the-line tax deduction to teachers who spend their own money on school supplies.
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You may recall the Collins-Carper postal reform bill signed by President Bush? The one to which Bush attached yet another signing statement? Susan Collins has offered, “I have long had concerns about the President’s broad use of signing statements to raise questions about the executive’s intention to comply with legislation approved by Congress and signed […]

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Maine Senator Susan Collins completed her tenth year in the U.S. Senate with another perfect voting record, extending the number of consecutive roll call votes that she has made to 3,237. Senator Collins has been present for every roll call vote that has occurred in the Senate since she was sworn into office in […]

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McCain: More Blood for Iraq

Senator McCain is calling for the deployment of 15,000 to 30,000 more troops to Iraq. Senator Collins says different tactics are needed to reduce violence in hotbed parts of the country, but that the total number of troops doesn’t need to increase.
McCain said he realizes that few Americans favor deploying more U.S. troops to Iraq, […]

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The Senate has given its nod to Senator Collins tax extension to offer a $250 above-the-line tax
deduction to teachers who spend their own money on school supplies. According to surveys by the National Education Association, teachers spend, on average, $443 per year on classroom supplies out of their pockets.
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