NYT: Unlike Shaheen, Maine's Collins one of the few Senators willing to defy party line to serve constituency

Senators willing to buck their parties have decreased in part because of departures. The retirements of Ms. Collins’s former Maine colleague Olympia Snowe, a Republican, and Democrats such as Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Evan Bayh of Indiana removed from the Senate people willing to cross party lines. Others, like Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts who is seeking a return to the Senate this year (this time from New Hampshire), were defeated in re-election bids.


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