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A top Maine Democrat announces bid to unseat Sen. Collins

Jun. 24, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives announced Monday that she is challenging longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has found her long-standing image as a moderate sympathetic to abortion rights under fire in an increasingly polarized Washington....

Wife of late Sen. Inouye christens warship bearing his name

Jun. 22, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Hawaiian delegation brought a tropical flair to a state known for cold weather as a U.S. Navy destroyer bearing the name of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was christened Saturday at Bath Iron Works. There were flowery leis around the necks of dignitaries and a giant one on the warship...

Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump vows veto

Jun. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to block the Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Trump has promised to veto the measures. The White House said stopping the...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides

Jun. 17, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides. Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans of the...

Progressive announces bid to challenge Susan Collins in 2020

Jun. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Betsy Sweet, a progressive Democrat who ran for governor of Maine last year, has announced her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. The former State House lobbyist announced her candidacy Thursday at Sebago Lake Distillery. In a statement, she criticized "the wealth,...

Man sentenced for threats to senators over Kavanaugh vote

Jun. 3, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a New York man to 18 months in prison on Monday for threatening to kill two U.S. senators who supported Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prosecutors sought an even longer sentence for Ronald DeRisi, saying he went to great lengths to mask...

Analysis: Time to legislate? Restless senators hope so

Jun. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the old timers in the Senate are getting fed up with the lack of action on legislation, but after weeks of focus on approving President Donald Trump's backlog of nominees, there's a chance the chamber will soon be stretching its legs again. Don't look for action on top-tier issues...

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

May. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications,...