Kavanaugh Protesters Pepper Sen. Collins With 'Vulgar' Threats

Senator gives feds ‘information’ on Supreme Court nominee

Senator gives feds ‘information’ on Supreme Court nominee

People have been sending coat hangers to Collins' office since July, when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

In the closely divided senate, Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hinges in part on the votes of two moderate Republican senators: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

"This is the most consequential Supreme Court vacancy in a generation, yet it has been the least transparent confirmation process in recent history", Warner said.

The funding campaign is organized by the Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership.

One example of a threat is a "caller [who] told a 25-year-old female staff member at one of Ms. Collins's ME offices that he hoped she would be raped and impregnated". If Collins votes "No" to Kavanaugh's confirmation, those pledging funds will not be billed. "If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors".

Here are five US senators who could either make or break Kavanaugh's nomination. Democrats need to win over two Republicans, as well as keep their caucus completely united, in order to sink Kavanaugh. Murkowski is pro-choice in a generally anti-choice party, and abortion rights activists have been hoping to pressure her into voting against Kavanaugh. To date, an overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats have expressed plans to vote against the nominee, including Warner's seatmate from Virginia, Sen. A MetroNews poll, for example, had Manchin ahead by 8%. Although Obama won IN in 2008, the state is heavily Republican.

Of course, even though the full quote makes it clear that Kavanaugh is referring to the religious group's objection and using their terminology, Harris doubles down on her earlier claim that he used a "dog whistle" to refer to birth control generally. And Kavanaugh's opponents are fearful that Donnelly will vote for Kavanaugh if he fears that a vote against Kavanaugh could endanger his lead. The centrist Heitkamp won by only 1% in 2012, and in 2018, she is in a very close race with Republican nominee Kevin Cramer-who is painting himself as reliably pro-Trump in the campaign.

Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist.

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