SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Susan Collins

Susan Margaret Collins is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator for Maine. A Republican, Collins has represented Maine in the Senate since 1997. Born in Caribou, Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. Beginning her career as a staff assistant for Senator William Cohen in 1975, she became staff director of the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee of the Committee on Governmental Affairs in 1981, she was appointed Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation by Governor John R. McKernan Jr. in 1987. In 1992 she was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as director of the Small Business Administration's regional office in Boston, Massachusetts. Collins became a deputy state treasurer in the office of the Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts in 1993. After moving back to Maine in 1994, Collins became the Republican nominee for Governor of Maine in the 1994 general election. Collins was the first female major-party nominee for the post, finishing third in a four-way race with 23% of the vote.

After her bid for governor in 1994, Collins became the founding director of the Center for Family Business at Husson University. Collins was first elected to the United States Senate in 1996, she was re-elected in 2002, 2008, 2014. Collins is the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and is a former chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, she is the most senior Republican woman in the Senate, is dean of Maine's congressional delegation, is the only New England Republican in the 116th Congress. Collins, along with senator Lisa Murkowski, is described as one of the moderate Republicans in the Senate, therefore a pivotal vote. One of six children, Collins was born in Caribou, where her family operates a lumber business established by her great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel W. Collins, in 1844, her parents and Donald F. Collins, each served as mayor of Caribou, her father, a decorated World War II vet served in the Maine Legislature. Her mother was born in Colombia, to American parents.

Collins has Irish ancestry. Her uncle, Samuel W. Collins Jr. sat on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1994 and served in the Maine Senate from 1973 to 1984. Collins attended Caribou High School. During her senior year of high school in 1971, Collins was chosen to participate in the U. S. Senate Youth Program, through which she visited Washington, D. C. for the first time and engaged in a two-hour conversation with Maine's first female United States Senator, Margaret Chase Smith a Republican. Collins is the first program delegate elected to the Senate and holds the seat once held by Smith. After graduating from Caribou High School, she continued her education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Like her father, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society and Collins graduated from St. Lawrence magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government in 1975. Following graduation, Collins worked as a legislative assistant to U. S. Representative, U. S.

Senator William Cohen from 1975 to 1987. She was staff director of the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee on the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In 1987, Collins joined the cabinet of Governor John R. McKernan Jr. as Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. She was appointed the New England regional director for the Small Business Administration by President George H. W. Bush in 1992. After serving in this post until the 1992 election of Democrat Bill Clinton, she moved to Massachusetts and became Deputy State Treasurer of Massachusetts under Joe Malone in 1993. Returning to Maine, Collins won an eight-way Republican primary in the 1994 gubernatorial election, becoming the first woman to be nominated by a major party for Governor of Maine. During the campaign, she received little support from Republican leaders and was criticized by conservative groups for her more liberal views on social issues, she lost the general election, receiving 23% of the vote and placed third behind Democrat Joseph E. Brennan and the winner, Independent candidate Angus King, her future Senate colleague.

In December 1994, Collins became the founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College. She served in this post until 1996 when she announced her candidacy for the seat in the U. S. Senate being vacated by her former boss, William Cohen, who retired to become United States Secretary of Defense under President Clinton. With Cohen's public endorsement, she won a difficult four-way primary and faced Joe Brennan, her Democratic opponent from the 1994 gubernatorial election, in the general election, she defeated Brennan 49% to 44%. Collins was elected as the Senator from Maine in the 1996 senate election. In the course of the campaign, she pledged that, if elected, she would "only serve two terms...."She was reelected in 2002 over State Senator Chellie Pingree, 58%–42%, again in 2008 over Rep. Tom Allen, 61.5%–38.5%, again in 2014 over Shenna Bellows, 68.5%-31.5%. In all three re-election campaigns, she carried every county in Maine. Collins was described as one of "the last survivors of a once common species of moderate Northeastern Republican" during the Obama administration.

She is considered a centrist member of the Republican Party, an influential player in the U. S. Senate, she is a member of sever

Nobody to Blame

"Nobody to Blame" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton. The song was released in November 2015 as the singer's third single overall. Stapleton co-wrote the song with Ronnie Bowman, it became Stapleton's first top 10 single on the US Country Airplay chart. "Nobody to Blame" won Song of the Year at the ACM Awards. The country rock song is a mid-tempo composition about a man looking back on the events following a break-up, his ex has kicked him out of the house and destroyed all of his belongings in sadistic fashion. Despite her behavior, he admits there himself for his situation. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song a favorable review, saying that it "is a 200-proof country song that'd fit neatly into any generation's best of catalog; the second single from Traveller is full of steel guitar and pain. It rambles along like the best from Waylon while providing a de facto education to the 21st century boy. Stapleton doesn't deviate from what he does best: simple, honest story songs that lean heavy on his once-in-a-lifetime voice."

The song first entered the Country Airplay chart at number 46 and the Hot Country Songs chart at number 50 for the chart dated November 21, 2015. The song peaked at number 10 on the Country Airplay chart, making it Stapleton's first single to reach the top 10, it has sold 423,000 copies in the US as of November 2016. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Jack McBean

John Lucas "Jack" McBean is a former American soccer player who played as a forward. McBean retired following the 2018 season. McBean, a California native, formally signed for LA Galaxy at the age of 16 in April 2011; as of July 2011, he was the youngest player. He had played for the LA Galaxy under-16s and, prior to that, Slammers FC and Corona del Mar High School, he was assigned the number 32 shirt for the 2011 Major League Soccer season. He made his first appearance for the club in a friendly match against Manchester City on July 24, 2011, coming on as a 66th-minute substitute for teammate Miguel Pedro López; the Los Angeles Times noted that he "quickly provided a threat" after appearing, while Fox Sports West stated that he "immediately made an impact" in the game. The match included a penalty shootout. Manchester City won the shootout 7-6, with McBean having his penalty saved by goalkeeper Joe Hart. On October 23, 2011 McBean played his first league game against Houston Dynamo getting the start, subsequently scored.

He moved down to LA Galaxy II, following the 2014 season. On June 22, 2016 he was once again signed by LA Galaxy. McBean signed for English League One side Coventry City on a five-month loan deal on August 19, 2016; the striker made his first-team debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Morecambe in the FA Cup. McBean was released by LA Galaxy on November 7, 2017, he was traded to Colorado Rapids on December 14, 2017 in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. McBean was released by Colorado at the end of their 2018 season. McBean retired from professional soccer following the 2018 season due to a foot injury, suffered near the conclusion of the season. McBean has represented his country of birth at the under-17 age level, he played for the United States under-17s in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which the US reached the round of 16, in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, in which the US were champions. McBean has a Scottish father and is eligible to play for the senior national teams of the United States and Scotland.

In June 2011, Scotland manager Craig Levein confirmed that he has instructed his chief scout, Michael Oliver, to continue a dialogue with the player and his parents to determine his interest in representing Scotland in future. As of summer 2011, he has yet to confirm long-term allegiance to either country; as of August 11, 2016. United States under-17sWinner: 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship MLS Cup: 2011, 2012, 2014 Supporters' Shield: 2011 Western Conference: 2015 Jack McBean at Major League Soccer