(Bloomberg) -- Senator Susan Collins isn’t used to seeing her popularity under water in her home state, but that’s where the Maine Republican finds herself as she decides whether to run for a fifth term next year.Collins, 66, says she’s focused on preparing for a re-election bid but won’t decide until the early fall whether she’ll run. Her decision will shape the 2020 fight for the Senate, where she’s part of a shrinking group of lawmakers still eager to tout their record of bipartisan cooperation.“The divisiveness of our country and the unceasing attacks by dark money groups in Maine have clearly had an impact,” Collins said in an interview at the Capitol. “But I believe that once Mainers really focus on the race and we remind them of my being the No. 1 most bipartisan member of the Senate, and all the accomplishments that I can point to that have directly benefited the state, I’ll be fine.”The Donald Trump era has been hard on Collins. Her votes for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and against the president’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act have her drawing fire from both parties.In Morning Consult polls of how senators fare in their home states, Collins had been reliably one of the most popular lawmakers, hitting a 78% approval rating at one point in 2015, a year after she won re-election with 67% of the vote. Now, she’s at 45% approval and 48% disapproval heading into an election year where she’ll be a top target for Democrats hunting for the net four seats they need to pick up to take back control of the Senate.ChallengersDemocrats have been lining up to challenge her, and Collins’s opponent will surely be well-funded, with millions of dollars already pledged for whoever wins the Democratic primary. The Democrats who’ve announced campaigns so far are Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, former gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet, lawyer Bre Kidman, and Jonathan Treacy, a retired Air Force general. Conservative blogger Derek Levasseur is challenging Collins in the Republican primary.Gideon raised more than $1 million in a week after announcing her campaign in June, while Collins reported raising $2 million in the second quarter and had $5.4 million on hand in her FEC filing.Collins, first elected to the Senate in 1996, said she’s had stiff competition before.“In 2008, which was another very tough race where Chuck Schumer had his top pick in a very capable congressman, a very worthy opponent in Tom Allen, at one point that was a 7-point race and I ended up winning by 20,” she said.Political DiscourseCollins regularly laments Trump’s tweeting and the overall level of political discourse.That includes the “send her back” chants by some Trump supporters at a rally on July 17 when the president mentioned Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Earlier in the week, Trump had tweeted that Omar and three other female Democratic lawmakers should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than criticize the U.S. -- echoing attacks long leveled against minorities and immigrants. All four of the Democrats are women of color and only Omar was born outside the U.S.“For her to be told to ‘go back’ is truly beyond the pale and extraordinarily offensive,” Collins said. “America’s strength is that we’re a nation of immigrants.”Collins said, though, that Omar isn’t alone in facing threats growing out of the current bitter political atmosphere in Washington “where the level of discourse is so vile.”“I had lots of death threats against me last year, including one that’s landed a man in prison for 18 months for threatening to put a 9-millimeter bullet through my brain,” she said. The man in question threatened Collins and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley over their support for Kavanaugh.Collins said she’d rather be dealing with policy.“I want to go back to talking about prescription drug prices and issues that I’m working on,” she said.To contact the reporter on this story: Steven T. Dennis in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at email@example.com, Joe Sobczyk, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
New Delhi, July 20: In the winter of 2012, Sheila Dikshit underwent her second angioplasty and her family wanted her to quit politics but then the horrific December 16 gang rape took place and she made up her mind not to "run away from the battlefield". After she complained of fatigue and bouts of breathlessness, doctors confirmed a 90 per cent blockage in her right coronary artery, and she underwent the procedure. "My family told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to put health concerns before everything else. My decision to resign was almost certain. Moreover, with a year to go for the assembly election, the party had enough time to find an alternative," Sheila Dikshit wrote in her autobiography
New Delhi, July 21: The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir has zeroed in on various properties possessed by Yasin Malik. The NIA listed 12 properties belonging to Malik, which are located in Srinagar. The properties, which are also in the name of his relatives is valued at around 15 crore. Among these properties is a mall at Srinagar, NIA officials say. The National Investigation Agency had recently filed a chargesheet in the terror funding case. In the chargesheet, the agency named Zahoor Watali, a Kashmiri businessman and accused him of channelising the funds through hawala networks. Watali had transacted with Malik as well, the chargesheet
New Delhi, Jul 21: Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will visit India on August 7 during which he will hold bilateral talks with Home Minister Amit Shah, who is expected to flag issues like illegal immigration and anti-terror cooperation, officials said. This will be the first interaction that Shah will have with a foreign leader after assuming charge as the country's home minister two months ago. Khan will have bilateral talks with the home minister on August 7 when issues concerning both the countries will be discussed threadbare, a Home Ministry official told PTI on Sunday. Shah is known to have a tough stand on the issue of unabated illegal immigration from Bangladesh. Anti-terror
Bengaluru, July 21: With the fate of the H D Kumaraswamy-led wobbly coalition government in Karnataka likely to be decided on Monday, political parties are silently preparing their strategy and plan of action for the crucial floor test. While hectic parleys continued in coalition circles with leaders of both the Congress and the JD(S) holding meetings, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa too met party MLAs and held discussions on the plan of action when the assembly resumes on Monday. The coalition leaders are also said to be making last ditch efforts to reach out to rebel legislators camped in Mumbai, whose resignations have pushed the government to the brink of collapse. In a face-off with governor
Kolkata, July 20: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday slammed the BJP, saying the Uttar Pradesh government did not allow Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Sonbhadra citing law and order problems, but a saffron party delegation had toured West Bengal's Bhatpara area when prohibitory orders were in place. Priyanka Gandhi was Friday detained in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur district and prevented from going to Sonbhadra, where 10 people were gunned down over a land dispute this week. Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits assembly of more than four persons in an area, has been imposed in Sonbhadra district. "I condemn this incident (Priyanka Gandhi's detention). What has happened is
New Delhi, July 20: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said carrying a red-cloth bag instead of a leather suitcase on the budget day was an indication that the Narendra Modi government does not indulge in a culture of "exchanging suitcases". On her maiden visit to Chennai after assuming office, she addressed members of the Nagarathar Chambers of Commerce as part of their International Business Conference, here. In her speech, she heaped praises on the Nagarathar community for their business practices and said it became news that she was not carrying a leather suitcase on budget day. Ahead of presenting the budget on July 5, Sitharaman carried a red-coloured cloth bag instead of a
Bengaluru, July 21: It is a big day in Karnataka on Monday as the JD(S)-Congress coalition gets set to face a trust vote. While the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Ramesh Kumar has been accused of delaying the acceptance of the resignations by the rebel MLAs, the coalition would be pinning its hopes on the Supreme Court. Two petitions have been filed seeking a clarity into the July 17 judgment of the Supreme Court. The petitions have questioned the SC's immunity that was granted to the rebels to stay away from the assembly. The petitions by Dinesh Gundu Rao and H D Kumaraswamy say that in the wake of this immunity granted, the whip issued by them makes no sense and this is opposed
Kolkata, July 21: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP-led Central government of trying to foil her party's 'Martyrs Day' rally on Sunday by operating only 30 per cent of the trains usually run on other Sundays. The TMC also filed an FIR against BJP state president Dilip Ghosh for allegedly threatening to drag TMC leaders out of buses on their way to the rally, if they failed to return the "cut money" they had collected from people. "I have heard that the railways will not operate the usual number of trains tomorrow at the behest of the BJP. I have information that they will run only 30 per cent of the trains usually run on Sundays. This is not right," Banerjee said.
New Delhi, July 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (81), who passed away following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital here on Saturday. Accompanied by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the Prime Minister spent around five minutes at the residence of Sheila Dikshit. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, said Dikhsit made a noteworthy contribution to the development of the national capital. In a tweet, the prime minister conveyed his condolence to the family members and supporters of the 81-year-old Congress leader, who passed away here on Saturday. "Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with
Chandigarh, July 20: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh''s acceptance of Navjot Singh Sidhu''s resignation from Punjab Cabinet has a raised a question about the cricketer-turned-politician''s future in the Congress, though leaders hope he would continue in the party. Sidhu''s next move remains a mystery as he has not said anything since making public his resignation on Twitter on July 14. A day later, he sent his resignation to the chief minister. But Singh was indisposed since his arrival from Delhi on July 17 and saw and accepted Sidhu''s one-line resignation letter Saturday morning, an official spokesperson said. Punjab Congress leaders described his decision to quit the cabinet as a "mistake"
New Delhi, July 21: Some PDP members, including former MLC Firdous Tak, have been booked for allegedly instigating people against the village defence committees (VDCs), officials said. The development comes after workers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tak, held a protest near a mosque in Kishtwar on Friday against the reported plans of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to strengthen the VDCs. They raised slogans against the governor-led administration, the BJP and the RSS during the protest. "Tak and others have been booked for instigating people against VDCs", deputy commissioner, Kishtwar, Angrez Singh, told PTI. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti dubbed the FIR "false and frivolous"
Lucknow, July 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Sonbhadra tomorrow to meet family members of the victims of Sonbhadra firing incident that claimed lives of 10 people. Adityanath will first meet the bereaved families followed by a visit to the district hospital where injured are being treated. The CM will also address a press conference before coming back to Lucknow. On July 17, a village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group in a land dispute in Sonbhadra killing 10 people, including three women, and leaving 19 injured. Adityanath's visit to the town comes amidst opposition's criticism that the state government had turned the town into a cantonment
Hyderabad, July 21: The NDA government has been working towards making the country powerful in various sectors and several changes will come in the next five years, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said. The NDA government has been making efforts in this direction, Reddy said at the 79th Foundation Day of Keshav Memorial Educational Society here. "I assure you all that many changes will come in the coming five years. We are hoping to become a powerful nation economically. In all sectors, power production or in 'Make in India', we are moving ahead," he said. India has the largest youth population in the world and if they are educated and their energies channelised in the right direction,
Mireri Junior and Japheth Ogila 21st Jul 2019 11:39:17 GMT +0300 Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has hit out at elected leaders from the Western region who have decamped to support Deputy President William Ruto and blamed them for jeopardising efforts to unite the community. To curb 'political prostitution', the Cotu boss said plans are underway to come up with a list of candidates to be voted for come 2022 General Election from the MP seat to the Presidential candidate. Speaking during the burial of soccer legend Joe Kadenge in Vihiga, Atwoli was categorical that locals will only have one chance to think on their own on whom to vote for and that is