$3 million raised for Susan Collins’ 2020 challenger after she backed Brett Kavanaugh

Whoever runs against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in 2020 will start off their campaign with nearly $3 million, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Already, two politicians have expressed interest in running: U.S. National Security Advisor for the Obama administration Susan Rice and Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon. On Twitter, both hinted they’d be interested in opposing Collins in 2020. Now either one could ...

BREAKING: Susan Collins backs Kavanaugh, setting the stage for his SCOTUS confirmation

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced Friday that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in spite of sexual assault allegations that put Kavanaugh’s confirmation in jeopardy in recent weeks.

“[Kavanaugh] has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband, and father… My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court,” Collins said in a long, meandering speech justifyin...

‘What am I going to tell my daughter?’: Mainers implore Susan Collins to vote against Kavanaugh

PORTLAND, MAINE — “I was raped three times,” one Maine resident said to Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) senior staffer as she jotted down notes on a memo pad.

The woman speaking was a registered Democrat who visited Collins’ local office Monday to plead that a senator she helped elect in 2014 not confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after last week’s moving testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detailing her allegations of sexual assault...

Susan Collins backs move to limit transparency for Trump Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — a Republican who has positioned herself as a moderate but who has voted for virtually all of Donald Trump’s far-right judicial nominees — said last month that she would not back a Supreme Court nominee who “demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 ruling that enshrined abortion rights. But it does not appear that she is very interested in finding out what Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh actually thinks about...

Here are the flimsy promises that got key Republican swing votes to support the tax plan

Several Republican senators who were considered swing votes on the GOP tax plan — a plan the chamber intends to vote on Friday night, without giving members sufficient time to even read the bill — have been swayed with flimsy promises by Republican leadership and the Trump administration.

“After securing significant changes, as well as commitments to pass legislation to help lower health insurance premiums, I will cast my vote in support of the Senate tax reform bi...

Why the Senate doesn’t have the votes it needs to pass tax reform

As the Senate prepares to vote on their version of the tax bill as early as this week, all eyes are on six Senators.

Three Senators, Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and John McCain (R-AZ) are virtually immune from outside pressure as they are unlikely to face voters again. Flake and Corker are retiring and McCain is 80, just won reelection and is battling a serious illness. All three have expressed serious concerns about how much the tax proposal will increase the federal defi...