Sen. King says he'll vote no on Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Susan Collins' opponents if she votes for him-but the plan could backfire.

"This effort will not influence my vote at all", she added. After all, Collins has backed abortion rights and was one of three GOP senators (alongside Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and the late John McCain) to vote against Trump's "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act in 2017. "She did vote for Neil Gorsuch, which of course went along with the president here, but she has acknowledged ... that if in fact some of the charges Democrats have leveled at Kavanaugh-that he has not told the truth at these hearings-that that would be a very serious concern for her", Hunt said.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. And they mean business: so far, they have raised more than $1 million, all of it earmarked for Collins' future opponent should she vote for Kavanaugh. But amidst the attention it was receiving were signs that its efforts could be backfiring. 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 past year.

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Adav Noti, a senior director at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which works on rules of ethics and finance in government, told The Post that he thought the listing was illegal, noting that bribery is a federal crime.

"Like many Americans, I have occasionally played poker or other games with friends and colleagues", Kavanaugh said. "They have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money but that seems to be a fictional distinction". "And you stood by 'Oh, I didn't know, I'm so naive, ' f-- you!"

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Other organizations that work at the intersection of money politics disagreed.

The senator's staff has received threatening calls and vulgar, profanity filled messages, including letter warning that "every waitress who serves you is going to spit in your food", and a caller who told a 25-year-old staffer he hoped she would be raped and impregnated. "We will get you out of office".

"Through this grassroots effort, Mainers are making clear to Senator Collins that they will defeat her for reelection if she defies the will of the people and votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Berkon said.

Ms. Collins has not yet revealed how she plans to vote, but had previously said she wouldn't back a nominee hostile towards women's reproductive rights.

One of the world's most successful professional dog mushers is speaking out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With him there would be a five-judge majority to overturn Roe v. Wade, either directly or by gutting the historic ruling.

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