Stories about Susan Collins

State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett rallies the troops last yearat the Buker Community Center in Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage announced his re-election campaign.

After tea party uprisings in 2010 and 2012, Maine Republicans expect unity at Bangor convention

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Top party officials are promising unity at the Maine Republican State Convention this Friday and Saturday in Bangor. If the predictions are right, the event will be a much smoother gathering than the two prior conventions, which saw factionalism split the party along ideological lines. The push …
Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley

Bill would give Maine Legislature ‘final say’ on allowing another national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 24, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — New legislation put forward by Gov. Paul LePage appears to take aim at proponents of a national park in Maine by giving the Legislature final say on large federal projects that would require the acquisition of state land. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will review on Tuesday LD …
The East Millinocket mill.

State seeks to revive East Millinocket mill by allowing Cate Street to sell electricity

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 12, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s staff and state legislators met Wednesday to explore allowing Cate Street Capital to partner with the owner of several hydroelectric dams to sell electricity and create new revenue that could help restart the Main Street paper mill. Democratic and Republican state legislators, government …
Republican Erick Bennett announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday in Portland.

Susan Collins’ primary challenger says fight against assault conviction shows integrity

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 30, 2013, at 7:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Erick Bennett, a conservative Portland consultant who has launched a Republican primary campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, says his experience with the justice system — which he obtained when he was convicted of domestic violence assault 10 years ago — is driving him toward what …
Mark Roman and Pat Taub, protesters with Code Pink, demonstrate outside U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' office in Portland on Monday.

Activists play dead in Portland, urge Susan Collins to support disclosure of civilian drone deaths

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 30, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Passers-by Monday on Middle Street looked toward the ground, where a handful of protesters lay motionless, covered in sheets that looked bloodied. They covered their faces with placards that bore the names of Yemeni wedding party members who were killed by a U.S. drone strike in December. …
An employment application is shown at the career center in Bangor in 2011.

Unemployment benefits end for 3,500 long-term jobless Mainers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 27, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — This week’s holiday cheer will be cut short Saturday for thousands of Mainers who will lose jobless benefits as the federal Extended Unemployment Compensation expires. Roughly 3,500 long-term unemployed residents no longer will be eligible for unemployment checks on Saturday, said Maine Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie …
Fresh, hot popovers are the food of choice at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park.

Maine delegation raises concerns about Acadia contract award to New Mexico firm

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 07, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation expressed their concerns to federal officials Thursday about a proposed change in companies that handle concessions in Maine’s only national park. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee …
Sen. Susan Collins steps out of a bus as she arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House  in Washington on Friday.

In offering way out of fiscal crisis, Sen. Collins steps into familiar role

By Jackie Kucinich, The Washington Post on Oct. 11, 2013, at 10:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Can Susan Collins’ moderation save the day? This weekend, as Republicans on both sides of the Capitol struggle for a path out of the latest Capitol Hill crisis, Sen. Susan Collins has emerged, once again, as a key player in any potential solution. The senior senator from Maine …
UMaine Director of Athletics Steve Abbott

UMaine Athletic Director Abbott to rejoin Sen. Susan Collins’ staff

By Pete Warner on Sept. 10, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — Steve Abbott on Tuesday announced his departure from the University of Maine, where he serves as athletic director, to rejoin the staff of Sen. Susan Collins. Abbott, who in June agreed to remain in that position through December, revealed that he is rejoining Collins’ staff and will …
Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen to join growing field of Republicans seeking Maine congressional seat

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 29, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The list of Republicans running for Maine’s 2nd District U.S. House seat grew Thursday when former state Sen. Richard Rosen told the Bangor Daily News he intends to seek the seat. Rosen joins another high-profile former Senate Republican, Kevin Raye of Perry, who told the Bangor Daily …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Collins, King, Pingree, Michaud among first to enroll in new health insurance exchange

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 16, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.
When enrollment opens for Maine’s new health insurance exchange this fall, the four members of Maine’s congressional delegation and their staffs are expected to join potentially thousands of other Maine residents signing up for coverage. While the federal Affordable Care Act generally will let people stick with the health insurance …
Sens. Susan Collins. R-Maine, John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meet during budget talks, earlier this spring.

Collins: ‘This is so absurd,’ as GOP torpedoes budget deals

By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post on Aug. 02, 2013, at 5 a.m.
Republican leaders have rejected Obama's overtures, arguing that ending the sequester would erode their sole victory in the fight to shrink the size of government.
A plane takes off from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton in 2011.

Maine airports to get more than $5 million in federal grants

By Bill Trotter on July 31, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — More than $5 million in federal grant money is coming to airports in Maine, with roughly half of it earmarked for Hancock County’s airport near Mount Desert Island. Of the $5.13 million in Federal Aviation Administration funds headed to Maine, more than $2.5 million will fund an …
Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins wants to change definition of full-time worker under Affordable Care Act

BDN staff and wire reports on July 05, 2013, at 10:29 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins is pushing a bill that would raise the Affordable Care Act definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to 40 hours. This would align the definition with other federal rules on the length of a work week. Under the Affordable Care Act, companies …
A woman with a vivid vest arrives at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on Tuesday as a Paul LePage re-election fundraising event, featuring keynote speaker Jeb Bush, got underway

LePage confirms he will run for re-election during fundraiser featuring Jeb Bush

By Seth Koenig on July 02, 2013, at 9:01 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage received the support of former Florida governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday evening in Kennebunkport, where notable Maine Republicans from around the state filed into the Nonantum Resort for one of the highest profile fundraisers yet in the still-young 2014 …
The State House in Augusta.

Maine House overwhelmingly supports GMO labeling requirement

By Matthew Stone on June 11, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House took a step Tuesday toward requiring genetically modified food products carry special labels. If the measure ultimately becomes law, its success will depend on action taken by lawmakers in four nearby states. The Maine House voted to support a bill, LD 718, that would …
The Verso mill in Bucksport.

Michaud, King, Collins: Bill to eliminate paper drug inserts could hurt Bucksport, Madawaska mills

By Jen Lynds on June 06, 2013, at 5:35 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are drawing attention to a bill that they say could jeopardize jobs at paper mills in Bucksport and Madawaska while also posing potential health and safety risks for Maine consumers and caregivers. The Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act, HR 1919, which is aimed …
Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Collins slams Obama over IRS scrutiny of tea party groups

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post on May 12, 2013, at 2:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Sunday called the Internal Revenue Service’s singling out of conservative groups for extra scrutiny “absolutely chilling” and called on President Obama to condemn the effort. “This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” …
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye at the end of a press conference in Portland in March 2012.

Olympia’s List makes its first campaign donation — to Maine Sen. Susan Collins

By Scott Thistle on May 10, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced on Facebook on Friday her political action committee, Olympia’s List, would be donating to the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. In the post Snowe writes the contribution is the Olympia’s List’s first “major gift of the 2014 …
A small private plane passes over the control tower at Bangor International Airport  at sunset Wednesday.

Bangor International Airport’s overnight air traffic control shift won’t be eliminated

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 08, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —The overnight shift at Bangor International Airport’s air traffic control tower will not be eliminated by the Federal Aviation Administration, Maine’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. “We are tremendously pleased that the FAA has decided not to eliminate the overnight shift at BIA,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King …
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