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  • Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

    04/14/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Mary Curtis
    Olympia Snowe made her case for a return to governing from the “sensible center,” and she did it with conviction. But while the audience was both loud and supportive at a women’s summit in Charlotte, no one – and that includes the former Republican U.S. senator from Maine — thought it would be easy. Snowe was considered moderate in her approach and her politics when she decided not to run for a fourth term in the Senate in 2012. How bad had it gotten? Republicans and Democrats honored her at separate celebrations, a departure from the past. “It’s not even...
  • GOP State Committeeman Resigned, Leaves Party (Maine)

    08/25/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 28 replies
    The Lincoln County News ^ | 9/21/2013 | Dominik Lobkowicz
    Gregory Hodge, of Jefferson, is urging people on the political left and right to look critically at their party affiliation. Hodge was the state committeeman for the Lincoln County Republicans until he and 11 other Republicans unenrolled from the Maine Republican Party and resigned related positions this week, Hodge joined five other state committee members, Republican National Committee member Mark Willis, and five other registered Maine Republicans in writing a letter outlining their disaffiliation and the reasons behind it to Maine GOP Secretary Chuck Malaheris. The Aug. 18 letter criticizes a number of people, actions, and groups, including rule changes...
  • Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi ‘unfortunate’

    07/23/2013 5:52:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 7/22/13 | Burgess Everett
    Liz Cheney has not made a case for her challenge to Mike Enzi in a Wyoming Republican primary next year, former Sen. Olympia Snowe told POLITICO. The Maine Republican senator said the decision by Cheney to take on the genial third-term senator is “unfortunate,” given that Enzi travels home often and reflects his constituents’ conservative beliefs while also working “to do the right thing for the right reasons” legislatively. “There is no reason to challenge him. What is the basis? That he’s not working hard enough? He’s working very hard,” Snowe said. “That he’s not conservative enough? I think it’s...
  • Snowe: President thought opposition to health law would eventually fade away

    05/21/2013 2:10:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/20/2013 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama believed that opposition to his healthcare reform law would fade after the 2010 election, according to former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). Obama courted Snowe’s support in an attempt to make the bill bipartisan. He assured her GOP opposition to the law would be short-lived, she said. “He thought the opposition to it would lessen after the [2010] election. I said, ‘It’s just the beginning.’ I said, ‘It’s going to grow because I can tell you it’s not going to go away and it’s going to get worse,’” Snowe said in a radio interview moderated by Julie Mason, host...
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • Report: National Weather Service misappropriated $43 million

    05/27/2012 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 5/27/2012 | Isolde Raftery
    Jack Hayes, the director of the National Weather Service, stepped down Friday in response to an investigation that top officials at the weather service had misappropriated $43.8 million by giving bonuses and extensions to contractors without proper justification. The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, released the report on May 18, detailing an audit of nine contracts that include incentive pay for good work. The contracts have a maximum potential value of $1.6 billion. The investigators said there may be other contracts that provide additional awards from 2008, 2009 and 2010 but that...
  • King gift to Obama draws fire from rivals

    05/24/2012 7:41:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Kennebec Journal ^ | May 24, 2012 | Colin Woodard
    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King is being criticized by Republican candidates for contributing to President Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Do you believe a political candidate can successfully run as an independent while if he or she also has donated to a party or Democrat or Republican candidate? Angus King, Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, right, speaks to former Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler at an event in April. King has come under fire for purchasing tickets to an Obama fundraiser before Olympia Snowe withdrew from the race. King, who has declined to say which...
  • Is Snowe’s Retirement a Blow to LGBT-Friendly Republicans?

    03/04/2012 2:44:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Edge ^ | March 2, 2012 | Michael K. Lavers, National News Editor
    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s announcement on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election after more than three decades on Capitol Hill certainly sent shockwaves across Washington, D.C. What does it exactly mean to LGBT-friendly Republicans? Snowe is among the six Republicans in the U.S. Senate who voted for a bill that repealed the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers. She is also a co-sponsor of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The vast majority of her Republican colleagues were obviously unwilling to meet her in the middle on these issues. "As I enter a new chapter, I see a...
  • Bombshell: Olympia Snowe to retire; Update: The plot thickens

    02/28/2012 8:11:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2012 | Allahpundit
    Just across at CNN. No details yet, but Fox reporter Trish Turner is tweeting bits of what she claims is Snowe’s statement. Quote: “I have no doubt I would have won re-election”“I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.”“…what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in...
  • Snowe to Bangor super caucus:‘We will have a Republican back in the White House’

    02/04/2012 3:36:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Feb. 4, 2012 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BANGOR, Maine — They tried to play nice, but it was pretty clear at Saturday’s Penobscot County super caucus that the Republican candidates vying for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s senate seat are not happy with her actions in Washington.Snowe, a three-term senator and former eight-term U.S. House member, was the first to speak at the political gathering of Republicans from 25 municipalities. They came together at Husson University to elect delegates to the state convention in May and participate in a presidential preference straw poll.“Regardless of who the nominee is, come 2013 we will have a Republican back in the...
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators in 2012

    10/24/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Source: thewesternworld.com (http://is.gd/6hLSXp)
    1. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. 2. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. 3. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 4. Scott Brown, R-Mass. 5. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah 6. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. 7. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio 8. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 9. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine 10. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • Tea party candidate issues challenge to Snowe

    09/16/2011 3:27:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-09-14
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A tea party candidate who plans to run against Sen. Olympia Snowe in next year's Senate Republican primary is inviting Snowe to debate him.
  • (Democrat Controlled) Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan

    05/18/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/18/2011 | cnn
    The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices. The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage. Five Republicans -- Alabama's Richard Shelby, Louisiana's David Vitter, Maine's Olympia Snowe, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, and Utah's Mike Lee -- voted against the bill.
  • Sen. Snowe's campaign war chest grows (RINO prepares to fight conservatives, Tea Partiers)

    04/18/2011 9:50:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2011-04-12 | Rebecca Stewart
    Washington (CNN) – Though Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe hasn't drawn a Democratic challenger yet, she's plenty prepared for a re-election battle. According to fundraising numbers for the first quarter released Monday, Maine's third term senator has over $2 million in cash on hand. Snowe raised $877,019 in the first quarter of 2011 and spent $62,433 on her 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. She will report $2,050,053 in cash on hand 17 months before the Senate election, according to numbers released by her office. Snowe for Senate Treasurer Rick Bennett said, "It's a good start for her campaign fundraising effort. The total...
  • Tea Party Sen. Pat Toomey Won't Support Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe

    04/01/2011 7:23:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2011-04-01 | Gregory Simmons
    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is a ripe target for a Tea Party challenge as she runs for re-election next year. She won't be able to count on support of all of her Republican colleagues -- at least not Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Asked directly in an interview with Jonathan Karl's "Subway Series," "Will you be endorsing Sen. Snowe?" Toomey had this to say: "Look, I think this is a very dynamic environment and probably almost every Republican senator's going to face a primary challenge." While Toomey said he won't be supporting Snowe, he won't oppose her either. "I'm not going...
  • CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe’s Primary Challenger, Andrew Ian Dodge

    02/11/2011 9:01:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | February 11, 2011 | John Hawkins
    There have been rumors that Andrew Ian Dodge will challenge Olympia Snowe in the 2012 Republican primary. Well, today at CPAC, he announced his candidacy and he's doing his first post-announcement interview here at Right Wing News. Enjoy! First question: if a Republican in Maine says, "Andrew, why should I support you instead of Olympia Snow in the 2012 primary?" -- what would you tell him? I would tell him that Olympia has been there too long. She routinely votes against the Republican Party line and that roughly speaking, she thinks she runs the place and, in fact, she...
  • BREAKING: At CPAC, Andrew Ian Dodge Announces Primary Challenge To Olympia Snowe

    02/11/2011 10:15:27 AM PST · by Bodhi1 · 16 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 2-11-10 | Duane Lester
    At CPAC today, during his panel titled "Andrew Ian Dodge and the World of Tomorrow," Tea Party activist and author Andrew Ian Dodge announced his candidacy for Republican Senator for Maine, challenging sitting Republican in Name Only Olympia Snowe. Polls show that Snowe is vulnerable to a conservative challenger, with 59% of the Republican base saying they would prefer a "conservative" challenger. ...basically everyone else in the state has a more positive view of Snowe, the poll found. Dodge writes at Pajamas Media and is a leader in the Maine Tea Party Movement, but is he the conservative Maine Republicans are looking...
  • Sens. Stabenow, Snowe added to 'Tea Party Target List' (Tea Party Express attacks RINO Snowe)

    02/11/2011 5:53:08 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2011-02-11 | Shannon Travis
    Washington (CNN) – Still swaggering after its recent electoral successes, the Tea Party movement appears to be growing more emboldened as it tries to blaze a path to power. One new bold move: An activist group is publicly parading a list of lawmakers the group is determined to oust from office. On Thursday, the Tea Party Express added two more names to its "2012 Tea Party Target List" - Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. (snip) "Olympia Snowe dishonors the notion that the Republican Party is supposed to be the fiscally conservative, constitutionalist...
  • Scarcelli: Snowe challenge may depend on primary (Dems using Snowe, Collins to thwart conservatives)

    12/31/2010 7:24:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-12-29 | David Catanese
    Maine Democrat Rosa Scarcelli suggested that a decision to challenge Sen. Olympia Snowe in 2012 could hinge on whether the three-term Republican is forced to fend off a primary challenge. Scarcelli, the CEO of an affordable-housing agency who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, is widely seen as a rising star in her party and says she's very interested in running for public office again. But the 41-year-old also bills herself as a nonpartisan pragmatist who stresses she won't run against Snowe if the senior senator continues to vote as a moderate. "Olympia Snowe in my mind...
  • Tea Party Group Reveals Republican Targets For 2012 (RINOs Lugar, Corker, Hatch, Snowe, Brown)

    12/29/2010 12:05:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 269 replies · 195+ views
    (RTTNews) - A prominent Tea Party group sent a message to members on Monday identifying five current Republican Senators that they intend to target in 2012. Tea Party Nation named Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as Republicans that need to be sent into retirement, accusing them of being Republicans In Name Only, or RINOs. The message cited Lugar's vote against a ban on earmarks as well as a his votes in favor of the DREAM Act and the START Treaty. Hatch was also criticized for being a "pork...
  • News Flash: RINOs will try to re-elect Obama in 2012

    12/27/2010 10:23:34 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2010-12-27 | Jerry McConnell
    (snip) Candidates, whether RINO or socialist liberal Democrats in 2012 from those other New England states as well as others nationwide will be targeted, not only by the TEA Party groups, but the general public who were just getting warmed up in 2010 when they caused Obama to cry out that they, the liberal Democrats, got “shellacked”. It will happen again; mark my words. The public is finished with extremist liberals. There have been rumors and whispers of a possible new home for disaffected RINOs and liberal Democrats to form a what is privately being called a “centrist” third party....
  • Congress Overturns Ban of Gays Serving Openly, Sends Bill to Obama's Desk

    12/18/2010 12:48:49 PM PST · by Jess Kitting · 454 replies · 5+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 18, 2010
  • Snowe to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal (Snowe, Collins join with Lieberman to stab GOP)

    12/17/2010 6:35:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun Journal, Lewiston, Me. ^ | 2010-12-16 | Steve Mistler
    U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says she's willing to support the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members. In a prepared statement, Snowe said that she will vote for a new stand-alone bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that would eliminate the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, enacted in 1993, keeps gay and lesbian servicemen and servicewomen from serving openly in the military. (snip) U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who co-sponsored the repeal with Collins, indicated that Snowe's support would give the bill the 60 votes it needs to pass to avoid a...
  • Arms Treaty Draws More GOP Votes

    12/11/2010 8:49:08 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/11/10 | J Weisman
    White House officials said Friday that they have the 67 Senate votes needed to ratify a new U.S. nuclear-arms accord with Russia, and President Barack Obama will delay his planned vacation in Hawaii until the Senate votes. The declaration came after Maine's two Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, declared their support for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
  • Sen. Collins says Kirk wants to join centrist 'mod squad' (that's because Mark Kirk is a DIABLO)

    11/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
  • Maine's Snowe next 'tea party' target? (Snowe voted for Obama's Porkulus Maximus)

    11/11/2010 7:49:59 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2010-11-08 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republicans last week painted the country's northeastern corner red last week, grabbing control of the state House, Senate and governor's mansion in Maine for the first time in more than four decades in a stunning electoral sweep. But the GOP wins might be worrisome news for the state's GOP senior senator, opening up the possibility of a 2012 primary challenge to moderate three-term Sen. Olympia J. Snowe now that state voters have shown that a fiscal conservative can win in a statewide contest. "There is going to be a primary, and she is going to have at least one 'tea...
  • Snowe removal in 2012?

    11/09/2010 4:45:37 AM PST · by chickadee · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-9-2010 | Marc A. Thiessen
    She wasn't on the ballot last week, but Tuesday was a bad night for Sen. Olympia Snowe. With conservative insurgents taking on GOP incumbents across the country, Snowe is a prime target for a Tea Party challenge in 2012. To fend off such a challenge, Snowe might have pointed to the failed candidacy of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and warned Tea Party activists that if they want to hand a Republican seat to the Democrats the best way to do it would be to replace her on the ballot. But that argument lost some of its currency when Tea Party...
  • Snowe Decries Voter Polarization (Snowe attacks, says Americans want more moderates)

    10/25/2010 4:47:30 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies
    The Maine Republican senator says most Mainers and most Americans want policies that come from the center, not from the far right or far left. Polls show Republicans, energized by the tea party movement, could sweep Democrats out of power in the U.S. House and gain on them in the Senate. In Maine, a new poll out today, shows GOP candidate Dean Scontras gaining on Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. But Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says most Mainers, and most Americans, want policies that come from the center, not from the far right, or the far left: "I understand...
  • Snowe Supports Expanding Fee to Increase Broadband Access (RINO Snowe wants to raise your taxes)

    10/25/2010 4:45:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies
    The Maine Republican senator says like the telephone, the Internet is a basic service that everyone should have access to. Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says she favors expanding the reach of a "fee" that's been charged for years on telephone customers. Snowe and other members of Congress support adding the fee to cable and wireless phone bills to raise money to assure broadband Internet access in rural areas. "I've been a big advocate of making sure that rural communities have access to broadband," she says. "Because it's similar to telephone service, and what the Telecommunications Act was all about...
  • Snowe, Collins call for GOP unity as tea party sacks moderates (Tea Party targeting Maine RINOs)

    10/02/2010 2:35:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Two years ago, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rode a wave of voter disenchantment into power. Many Republicans, even in some traditional strongholds, were swept aside. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was an exception. She didn’t defeat Democrat Tom Allen. She trounced him, 61-39 percent of the vote, a landslide victory political analysts attributed to Collins’ popularity with moderates, a standing shared by her Maine colleague, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, also a Republican. Two years later, the same moderate image that protected Collins from the blue wave could make Snowe vulnerable to the red one advanced by the tea party....
  • 63% say trade out Snowe

    09/13/2010 2:09:24 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 28 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 09/13/2010 | Tom Jensen
    Last November, right after she supported the health care bill in committee, we found that 59% of Maine Republicans wanted to replace Olympia Snowe with someone more conservative while only 31% said they would support her again in 2012. The passage of 10 months hasn't done much to soften the ill will toward Snowe with members of her own party. Now 63% of them say they would support a more conservative alternative with only 29% saying they're committed to Snowe. Moderate Republicans love Snowe. They give her a 70% approval rating and a strong majority say they'd vote to nominate...
  • Will Palin and the tea party take on Snowe in 2012? (Enquiring liberals want to know)

    09/07/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel ^ | September 6, 2010 | David B. Offer
    I didn't meet Sarah Palin during my year in Alaska. That's no surprise. She resigned as governor before I arrived in the state and was seldom there during my year teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. But no matter where she was, Palin was a major focus of discussion everywhere I went. Would she run for president? How rich has she become? Would Bristol marry Levi -- and should she? What's Todd doing these days? And, as Palin began to involve herself in this years' campaigns, the conversation was about how much her endorsement mattered. That was certainly true...
  • $150,000 MoneyBomb For Joe Miller - U.S. Senate (Update # 25, $10,000 to go!)

    08/20/2010 4:36:41 PM PDT · by Syncro · 24 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | August 20, 2010 | Joe Wierzbicki
    $150,000 MoneyBomb For Joe Miller - U.S. Senate   Part of an email from Tea Party Express, OurCountryPAC: We are trying to do a MoneyBomb to raise $150,000 - $250,000 by Monday evening so we can keep buying more TV, more cable, more radio and last minute newspaper and Internet ads.
  • Senate Jobs Bill Clears Key Hurdle (Maine Witches Alert)

    08/04/2010 8:21:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    Chron ^ | 08/04/10 | A Taylor
    President Barack Obama and his allies in the Senate have won a key vote to advance a bill to help states and local school boards with their severe budget problems...Moderate Maine Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins cast the key votes to break the GOP filibuster.
  • Olympia Snowe Will Vote For Financial Reg. Reform Giving Democrats 60 Votes

    07/12/2010 4:11:21 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 13 replies
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/12/10 | HAP
    "Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine says she will vote to overhaul financial regulations, pushing the legislation to the verge of final passage and a victory for President Barack Obama. Snowe becomes the third Republican to announce support for the bill, almost guaranteeing 60 votes to overcome procedural obstacles to the legislation".....
  • Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

    06/11/2010 7:54:43 AM PDT · by devane617 · 304 replies · 5,952+ views
    cnet ^ | 06/11/2010 | declan mcclugagh
    A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet. The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.
  • High Court Nominee Kagan May Get Support From Republicans (EPIC FAIL ALERT)

    05/31/2010 10:21:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 2,327+ views
    Business Week / Bloomberg | 2010-06-01 | Laura Litvan
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  • Snowe praises Kagan's qualifications, 'balance' (as Kagan says abortion rights are "settled law")

    05/26/2010 11:33:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 721+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-05-20 | Julie Davis
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appears for now to have the qualifications and balanced approach to be a justice.
  • Senate passes financial regulation bill

    05/20/2010 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 93 replies · 2,937+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 5/21/2010 | Brady Dennis
    The Senate approved new far-reaching financial rules on Thursday aimed at preventing the risky behavior and regulatory failures that brought the economy to the brink of collapse two years ago and cost millions of Americans their jobs and savings. The bill passed by a vote of 59 to 39, with four Republicans joining a majority of Democrats in supporting it. The 1,500-page measure, shepherded through the Senate by Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the banking committee, seeks to reshape both Washington and Wall Street. (snip) They successfully courted Republican Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine,...
  • Time to Start Over, Snowe Says (a RINO calls for bipartisan health care "reform")

    01/22/2010 12:50:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 1,338+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-21 | David M. Herszenhorn
    For months Democrats, including President Obama, courted Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, hoping to win her vote for major health care legislation. And now that the legislation is stalled, following the Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election on Tuesday, Ms. Snowe said she tried to warn Democrats, including Mr. Obama, that they were pushing too hard too fast. “It really is a reflection of the country, frankly, and having to build the right consensus and not overreaching with very expansive policy,” Ms. Snowe said of the outcome in Massachusetts. “I am not surprised in what occurred on...
  • Reid Assures Snowe That Public Option, Medicare Buy-In Are Dead

    12/15/2009 5:27:26 PM PST · by malkee · 51 replies · 2,652+ views
    tpmdc.com ^ | 12/15/09 | Brian Beutler
    It wasn't much in doubt, but Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) confirmed to reporters tonight that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assured her all of the contentious aspects of the public option compromise--particularly the Medicare buy-in provision--have been dropped. The two met this afternoon so that Reid could gauge the likelihood that she'll ultimately vote with the Democrats, at least to push the bill past a filibuster. He assured you that the Medicare buy-in and the public option are out, I asked? "Correct," she said. Still, Snowe insists, as she did earlier today, that there may not be enough time between...
  • Olympia Snowe Is Right

    12/09/2009 9:23:17 PM PST · by Tom D. · 14 replies · 1,338+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2009 | Wall St. Journal Editors
    Olympia Snowe delivered a very good speech on health care shortly before Thanksgiving, not that the press corps noticed. With Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement this week of a double-secret bargain that Democrats hope will squeeze ObamaCare through the Senate—after nine whole days of debate so far in the world's greatest deliberative body—the Maine Republican's words seem more pertinent than ever. Mrs. Snowe began by noting that this year's health debate is "one of the most complex and intricate undertakings the Congress has ever confronted," and that she, too, has devoted much of her three-decade political career to promoting cheaper,...
  • Snowe Called to White House as GOP Stumbles on Health Care

    12/07/2009 8:15:53 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 34 replies · 2,528+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 12/7/2009 | Connie Hair
    Over the weekend, the Senate continued debate on its version of the government takeover of health care with Republican “unanimous consent” cooperation on floor procedure.   Democrats fell into a rhythm of voting down Republican amendments to jettison the half-trillion dollars worth of Medicare cuts while passing their own -- garnering Republican votes (at times 100-0) on their amendments for political cover. As early as today, they will begin consideration of an amendment to bar abortion funding by or through any government-run “public option” insurance plan. This issue still may be the one that kills the bill for the year. ...
  • Graham says Obama has his back on climate bill (Kerry has "definite Republican votes") (barf!)

    12/05/2009 2:37:50 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 3,017+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham may be under fire from conservatives back home in South Carolina. But the Republican got a personal assurance from President Obama yesterday that the White House is supporting his efforts to craft a sweeping Senate energy and global warming bill. “The president told me personally he was very open, that nuclear power would be part of the mix, that clean coal would be part of the mix, that he’s for offshore drilling in a responsible way,” Graham said today in describing his Oval Office meeting with Obama. “But we have to have a price on carbon,...
  • CAPTION THIS: Sarah Palin and Olympia Snowe

    12/01/2009 8:39:16 AM PST · by Slyfox · 33 replies · 2,214+ views
  • Amity Shlaes: Palin, Olympia Snowe Battle for State of America

    11/24/2009 8:42:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 901+ views
    Bloomberg | November 24, 2009 | Amity Shlaes
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  • Congress’s Constitutional Contempt Should Worry Us

    11/21/2009 4:01:50 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies · 1,756+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | November 17, 2009 | Walter Williams
    At Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Oct. 29th press conference, a CNS News reporter asked, “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?” Speaker Pelosi responded, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” The reporter said, “Yes, yes, I am.” Not responding further, Ms. Pelosi shook her head and took a question from another reporter. Later on, Ms. Pelosi’s press spokesman Nadeam Elshami told CNSNews.com about its question regarding constitutional authority mandating that individual Americans buy health insurance. “You can put this on the record. That is not a serious question. That is...
  • Maine Finds a Health Care Fix Elusive

    11/11/2009 2:50:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 553+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2009 | Gardiner Harris
    ... Maine is the Charlie Brown of health care. The state’s legislators have tried for decades to fix its system, but their efforts have always fallen short: health insurance premiums are still among the least affordable in the nation, health care spending per person is among the highest and hospital emergency rooms are among the most crowded. Indeed, many overhauls to the system have done little more than squeeze a balloon — solving one problem while worsening another. ... Maine’s history is a cautionary tale for national health reform. The state could never figure out how to slow the spiraling...
  • "Snowed In" in Maine

    11/05/2009 7:44:57 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 8 replies · 844+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/5/09 | Alaphiah
    Of all of the ridiculously asinine statements of political ineptitude ever to be uttered by anyone holding political office Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine thoughtlessly confessed why she and other RINO’s keep the Republican Party in the minority. (see story) In a quip that was supposed to be in response to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s statement, that [M]any Republicans were "mad" at Snowe for working with the Democratic majority on health care -- and suggested there might be a backlash against her is she had more "deviations" from conservative GOP orthodoxy Snowe lashed back that she is a life-long Republican...