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Democrats eye new strategy after failure of voting bill

Jan. 21, 2022 09:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn the 2020 election. ...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 20, 2022 05:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The outcome...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 19, 2022 23:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed late Wednesday when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. ...

GOP steps up bid to persuade Hogan to run for Senate in Md.

Jan. 11, 2022 16:46 PM EST

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans are stepping up a personal campaign to persuade Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to run for the Senate and help the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber. The recruitment effort has included McConnell's wife,...

Invoking Jan. 6, Dems pivot to fight for voting legislation

Jan. 10, 2022 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election demand an extraordinary response. In fiery speeches...

Senators look to stop sex assault in US Merchant Marine

Dec. 27, 2021 08:01 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators from Maine, Mississippi and New York wants to strengthen prevention of sexual assault and harassment in the United States Merchant Marine. The proposal would look to improve prevention, response, investigation and accountability...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

Boston Herald. December 14, 2021. Editorial: Why aren’t all New England’s senators unified to end the filibuster for voting rights? Seven senators are failing to send a clear message about their commitment to procedural reform that would help protect Americans’...

Collins, senators call for Social Security offices to reopen

Dec. 14, 2021 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of Republican senators including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine on Tuesday called on the Social Security Administration to reopen its field offices to the public. Collins said the closure of the offices for more than 20 months has taken a toll on...

Senate candidate known for debate stunts dies at 62

Dec. 13, 2021 12:55 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Max Linn, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Maine who shook up a high-profile race with his antics during debates, has died. He was 62. Linn died on Saturday, according to his lawyer. He died of an apparent heart attack, the Bangor Daily News reported. ...

Lawmakers push for modern sprinklers in old buildings

Dec. 10, 2021 01:47 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of legislators wants to make sure older high-rise residential buildings are outfitted with more sprinklers. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey are...