Senate Committee Delays Kavanaugh Vote Until 9/20


A group associated with Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and activist Ady Barkan created a crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than $1 million in the form of pledges. Feinstein says it makes her wonder "what in Judge Kavanaugh's records are Republicans hiding?"

The spotlight on Collins and Sen. Pro-choice activists have reportedly sent Collins, who is one of the very few pro-choice Republicans, about 3,000 coat hangers, a reference to the risky and potentially fatal illegal abortions women were forced to seek out or self-perform pre- Roe v. Wade. With a 51-49 GOP majority, Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court is virtually assured if either senator votes yes. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for releasing confidential documents during Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings last week. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act a year ago. "Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision-making whatsoever", said Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.

Hunt then shifted to talk about liberal activists launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money against Collins.

King spoke Tuesday at a rally outside her Anchorage office, saying she shouldn't bow to President Donald Trump. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said, "Despite the endless complaints from critics, the committee has received more material regarding Judge Kavanaugh's nomination than any nominee in history".

Abortion advocates fear that with Kavanaugh on the high court, Roe v. Wade could be overturned. They have set up a fundraising website to support Collins' still-undetermined opponent in the 2020 election - assuming that Collins votes to confirm Kavanaugh and plans to run for re-election. "Vote against us and we give her the money".

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On social media, a number of the campaign's supporters pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of attacking small donors for attempting to persuade Collins to represent their interests, while happily accepting millions in corporate and PAC contributions over her decades in public office.

Yesterday Senator Collins was asked about this controversial campaign by conservative news organization NewsMax.

"We won't let it stifle us".

Collins has a reputation as a centrist though she is a mostly reliable Republican voter. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week.

Another Senate Democrat who voted for Gorsuch and is seeking reelection in 2018 is Indiana's Joe Donnelly.

In a second voice mail, the caller calls Collins "a feckless, feckless, feckless woman standing there letting Trump and his appointees steal the right to choose what women do with their bodies".