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  • Maine: Angus King - It's Good to be King (ad)

    09/20/2012 9:22:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    US Chamber ad via YouTube ^ | 9/18/2012 | US Chamber
    Angus King isn't worried about issues affecting middle class Mainers. King said, "When I'm Campaigning, nobody talks to me about health care or even the economy." Who is King talking to?
  • John McCain to guest star on 'Parks and Recreation'

    07/26/2012 1:06:00 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | July 23, 2012 | via USA TODAY
    ..Former presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain will join Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Olympia Snowe as guest stars on the show when the regular crew heads to Washington, D.C., during season 5. ..According to the Hollywood Reporter, the bipartisan episode - titled "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington" - is expected to debut on September 27 ..McCain tweeted a photo of himself on set with Poehler on July 19 along with the caption, "Had a great time shooting @ParksandRecNBC today w/ Amy Poehler – I think it's an Emmy!"
  • With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confident (It's ALL about power)

    03/03/2012 12:42:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Alexander Bolton
    With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confidentBy Alexander Bolton - 03/03/12 01:15 PM ET Senate Democrats are buoyantly optimistic about keeping control of the upper chamber after developments this past week increased their chances of winning races in Maine and Nebraska. They sought to capitalize on the new wave of optimism by blasting out a fundraising email Friday touting the “seismic” shift of the Senate electoral map. “This week’s entry of Democrat Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska race and surprise retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in Maine have completely changed the face of the 2012 map in...
  • Man accused of threatening Walker, others, awaits trial

    03/02/2012 7:42:43 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-1-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — A Portland, Maine, man accused of threatening Gov. Scott Walker, as well as the governor of Maine and several members of Congress, remains behind bars nearly a year after his arrest on multiple felony charges. Michael Thomas was indicted in October on charges of threatening members of Congress, mailing threatening communications, illegally possessing a firearm, interstate stalking and creating a terrorist hoax. He remains in custody in Portland, Maine. According to a Wisconsin Department of Justice incident report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter, a half-page document mailed to Walker on March 15, 2011 — similar to one mailed to...
  • Maine GOP Sen. Snowe won't seek re-election

    02/28/2012 7:46:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2012 | DAVID SHARP
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- In a surprise announcement, moderate GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she would abandon her campaign for a fourth term - a contest she was expected to win easily - because she is frustrated by a polarized atmosphere in Washington. The move dealt an immediate blow to Republicans hoping to take control of the Senate in November and gave Democrats new hope of winning the longtime GOP-held seat.
  • GOP's Snowe Is Retiring From Senate

    02/28/2012 7:19:43 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 72 replies · 3+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 28, 2012 | Naftali Bendavid
    Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who for 33 years in Congress has personified an increasingly unfashionable Republican centrism, said she won't seek re-election, taking a final shot at the Senate's partisanship. "I do find it frustrating...that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions," she said Tuesday. The decision, which took members of both parties by surprise, transforms this year's battle for the Senate. Democrats hold a 53-47 advantage in the chamber. But because they have to defend 23 seats to the Republicans' 10, most analysts have...
  • Three-term Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection

    02/28/2012 7:13:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2012 | By Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will not run for reelection, she announced Tuesday evening, in a move that shocked Washington and boosted Democrats' chances of maintaining control of the Senate. “After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate," Snowe said in a statement. "It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine."
  • Will the Maine Twins Defect on the HHS Mandate? (Where do Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins Stand?)

    02/17/2012 6:31:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2012 | By Brian Bolduc
    On Monday, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine seemingly surrendered to President Obama on the contraception mandate, before the fight had begun. “It appears that changes have been made that provide women’s health services without compelling Catholic organizations in particular to violate the beliefs and tenets of their faith,” Snowe said. Collins made a similar statement: “While I will carefully review the details of the president’s revised proposal, it appears to be a step in the right direction.” But there may be more fight in them yet. Although the senators support forcing insurance companies to cover contraception, they...
  • Collins, Snowe call revised Obama birth control rule a good move

    02/14/2012 6:46:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jonathan Riskind
    The move by President Obama on Friday to alter his rule requiring birth-control coverage, shifting the mandate from some religious-based employers directly to insurance plans, hasn’t satisfied the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and some other critics. But Obama’s revised rule appears to have won over Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. Both had called for changes to the original rule despite their support in the past for a bill with a similar objective.
  • Snowe raises $3.2 million; challengers lag behind

    12/01/2011 7:28:10 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 7 replies
    The New Maine Times ^ | October 12, 2011 | Gina Hamilton
    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is financially outpacing her Republican and Democratic challengers, according to her recently released campaign finance report. Snowe had more than $3.2 million on hand as of Sept. 30, according to the report filed with the Federal Election Commission. During the third quarter of 2011, Snowe's campaign raised $792,305 and spent $320,716, the report said. Snowe is seeking her fourth term in the Senate, but unlike in previous years, the moderate is facing challenges from both Democrats and within her own party. Scott D'Amboise, one of two tea party-affiliated GOP challengers, raised "'six figures," but will not...
  • Sens. Hatch, Lugar and Snowe haven’t been hit too hard by tea-party, yet

    12/01/2011 7:06:31 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2011 | Rachel Weiner
    In a few 2012 Senate races, tea- party challenges seemed almost inevitable. Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R), Virginia Senate candidate George Allen(R), Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar (R), and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) were all expected to face tough competition on the right. But so far, serious challenges in all three races have failed to materialize. Maybe it’s a case of tea-party groups firing too early. Some of these incumbents have been targets since before last fall’s election. That’s given them plenty of time to react. They also know to take these challenges seriously, because they saw firsthand the damage...
  • Senators Stick by 2009 Stimulus (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe)

    09/23/2011 12:24:42 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 25 replies
    http://www.rollcall.com ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | By Humberto Sanchez
    Senate GOP leaders may be trying to cast the president’s latest jobs proposal as another “failed” stimulus measure, but not all Senate Republicans agree that the 2009 government spending spree was such a political disaster. Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are sticking by their votes in favor of the original Obama stimulus from two years ago, and both Republicans said last week that the law created jobs, though it could have been more effective. “I don’t think [the stimulus] failed. Virtually every study I have seen has given the stimulus credit for the creation of between 1.3 million...
  • Snowe vows all-out campaign to win re-election

    07/24/2011 12:16:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 52 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | July 24, 2011 | Mal Leary, Capitol News Service
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Sen. Olympia Snowe has rejected criticism that she is a RINO (Republican in name only) and has vowed to run an all-out campaign to win the GOP nomination and re-election to the United States Senate. “I don’t take anything for granted, never have and I never will,” she said in an interview. “I am going to campaign hard like I always do and I am already campaigning.”Snowe said she is tired of those in the right wing of the GOP calling her a RINO. She said her credentials as a fiscal conservative were well established when she...
  • Jim DeMint, Olympia Snowe: Amend Constitution

    07/07/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT · by tips up · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/7/11 | Jennifer Epstein
    No deal to raise the debt ceiling is complete without an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget to prevent Congress “from hijacking the promise of American prosperity,” two Senate Republicans are arguing as a bipartisan group of congressional leaders heads to the White House on Thursday. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58472.html#ixzz1RRttF3EL
  • anyone in Maine know about Scott D'Amboise?

    07/06/2011 8:52:37 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    ma self | 7-6-11 | wobbly bob
    I got a request for $ in the mail ,but want to know from people who live there if he's a real conservative or just another Scott Brown establishment RINO before I send a check. His solicitiation claims he's a "tea party republican", but lately they all do. I'm in MN and never lived in Maine nor do I follow Maine politics. (I did like The D'Amboise Dukes when Ted Nugent played with them.)
  • Ryan Budget Gets 40 Votes in Senate, Obama Budget Gets 0

    05/25/2011 4:23:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 25, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    That big fat zero is not a typo.Not a single U.S. senator voted in favor of President Obama's budget proposal. Meanwhile, five members of GOP caucus voted against Ryan budget: moderates Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, independent Lisa Murkowski (Ak.), and staunch libertarian Rand Paul (Ky.). So all of the swing state Republican senators sided with Ryan.Apparently, the Senate Democrats think if they don't support anything they can't be demagogued in the same way they're demagoguing Ryan's plan. Harry Reid has dropped the phrasing that Republicans would end Medicare "as we know it," in favor of a...
  • (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.
  • Maine Senate candidate calls on Olympia Snowe to resign in face of husband’s scandal

    05/10/2011 5:04:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/10/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Maine Republican Senate candidate Scott D’Amboise, who is challenging sitting Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe in the upcoming 2012 primary, called on Snowe to resign from her seat immediately. D’Amboise issued a statement Tuesday morning calling on Snowe to resign after the U.S. Department of Justice joined a lawsuit against Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a company that has employed her husband, former Maine Gov. John McKernan, for the past 12 years. The suit alleges that EDMC had defrauded the government of financial aid funding.* D’Amboise said Snowe has “directly benefited” from her husband’s financial activity, which he describes as, “defrauding of...
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Lifenews.com ^ | http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/04/senate-approves-former-planned-parenthood-director-as-judge/
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • Sen. Snowe braces for tea party challenge in Maine

    05/08/2011 11:32:49 PM PDT · by South40 · 44 replies
    WASHINGTON — Maine's Olympia Snowe has long thrived as one of the Senate's leading GOP moderates, but she has recently sided with tea partyers on high-profile votes involving Libya, the budget and the environment as she braces for a primary challenge from the right. Such votes could help Snowe fend off tea party foes who mock her as a "RINO" - Republican In Name Only - and hope to sink her bid for a fourth term next year. Snowe insisted she's been true to her moderate roots.
  • Is Olympia Snowe Vulnerable?

    04/25/2011 6:19:35 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | 25 Apr 2011 | Sean Sullivan
    In the Maine Senate race, both Democrats and conservative Republicans have their eye on Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) seat, but so far, no top contender from either side has emerged, and there does not appear to be an obvious candidate-in-waiting in sight, according to observers and operatives in the state. During a recent briefing, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray identified Maine as a possible Democratic pickup opportunity in 2012. Conservative Republicans too, would also like to unseat the moderate senator. She's attracted two GOP challengers to her right -- Maine Tea Party Patriots head Andrew Ian Dodge and...
  • 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...
  • Orrin Hatch's PAC donated to Lugar, Snowe (and Brown, Corker, Wicker, other statist RINOs)

    04/18/2011 9:49:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-04-18 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) may be in the sights of Tea Party activists ahead of 2012, but the Utah Republican has given help to two of his Senate colleagues who face conservative primary challengers themselves. Hatch's political action committee — OrrinPAC — donated to both Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) during the first quarter of the year, according to the PAC's March filing with the Federal Election Commission. Both Republicans are Tea Party targets in 2012. Hatch's PAC donated $1,000 each to Lugar and Snowe in February. Asked about the donations, Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said...
  • Poll: Majority of Maine Republicans want conservative alternative to Snowe

    03/08/2011 6:39:40 PM PST · by Impy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-8-11 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) may have the support of Maine's Tea Party-backed governor in her reelection bid, but she could still be in for a tough primary battle next year. New numbers from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) show 58 percent of Maine Republicans prefer a generic "more conservative" alternative to Snowe in 2012. And just 33 percent of Maine Republicans said they will support her. According to the poll, 58 percent of Republicans in the state think Snowe is too liberal, while another 33 percent don't even think she belongs in the GOP, saying she should be a Democrat.
  • Senator Snowe Presses Administration Adverse Impacts Federal Rule Making on Paper Industry [VIDEO]

    03/06/2011 11:29:13 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mar 2, 2011 | SenatorOlympiaSnowe
    At a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today examining job loss in the manufacturing industry, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) pressed U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on the critical imperative to assess the adverse affects of proposed rules on the paper industry. Senator Snowe, who asserted the paper industry is a cornerstone of America's manufacturing sector, insisted the Department do a better job of understanding the implications of proposed regulations on job creation.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MAINE MANIACS – Olympia Snowe (R) & Susan Collins (R)

    12/28/2010 6:37:00 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies · 2+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-28-2010 | AJ
    What can I say about Maine’s Senators that you don’t already know? Yes, they voted to ratify the dangerous New START Treaty and they failed to research Russia’s alliance with countries like Iran, China, North Korea and Venezuela. To ensure Senator Collins’ vote in support of the treaty, it appears she received a letter according to the Washington Post: “For example, concern was ignited across Europe recently when stories appeared about Russia moving tactical nuclear weapons near the border of NATO countries. During last week's Senate treaty debate, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates...
  • Ten Most Corrupt Politicians of 2010 (feel free to add to the list)

    12/27/2010 9:31:24 AM PST · by khnyny · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | December 17, 2010 | Jim Kouri
    It's that time of the year when numerous organizations and news outlets publish or announce their "Best of..." or "Worst of..." or "Most important of..." or "Most popular of..." lists. Not to be outdone by the so-called elite media, below is a list from an industrious public-interest group whose sole mission is to investigate and prosecute government corruption wherever it is discovered. On Thursday, Judicial Watch released its 2010 list of Washington's “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” While there may be some surprises, readers will note that neither political party has a monopoly on political corruption. Special thanks to Judicial...
  • Olympia Snowe Must Go Now, No really, NOW

    12/21/2010 2:06:44 PM PST · by hausermann · 122 replies · 5+ views
    Her DADT and START votes are now a bridge too far. Health Care flirtations and Financial reform gave me indigestion, as did earmarks, but this is as serious as it gets: aiding and abetting our political opponents in an unprecedented un-Americam un-democratic lame-duck cram-down. Those votes make Oly my personal number one electoral target now for 2012. I cannot take the unreliability any more. I would rather see a (D) there from ME (as with CT) than sweat whether she can be wheedled and coerced to see things Rightly. Somebody please tell me where should I be place my online...
  • New START treaty passes key Senate vote (Cloture passes 67-28, 11 R support)

    12/21/2010 1:25:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
    The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a cloture motion, seemingly enough to assure final ratification. Eleven Republicans joined with 56 Democrats to pass the cloture motion. It will take 67 votes to ratify the New Start pact, which would give the Obama administration its top foreign policy goal in the lame-duck session. Among Republicans announcing their support were Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, George V. Voinovich of Ohio, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and...
  • 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...
  • Snowe Vows Support For DADT Repeal, Improves Chances of Senate Passage

    12/15/2010 11:23:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 42 replies
    abc ^ | December 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Matthew Jaffe
    Not only do supporters of the repeal have reason to celebrate today because of the House of Representatives’ vote in favor of a stand-alone bill to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but also because the chances of the bill passing the Senate improved when Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine said she will support it. “After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the Don’t...
  • LePage Says He'll Back Snowe Against Primary Challenge

    12/10/2010 7:37:36 AM PST · by Crichton · 11 replies
    FOX 23 ^ | Dec 8, 2010 | News 13
    Senator Snowe has recently come under criticism from conservatives, who say she's not conservative enough. LePage, who's a favorite among the die-hard conservatives in Maine, says he'll continue to support Snowe, who -- along with her late husband Peter Snowe -- helped a young LePage get into Husson College. Growing up, LePage only spoke French and not much English, so Peter Snowe helped LePage take Husson's entrance exams in French, opening the door to his education that put him on the track leading him to business success, and now the Blaine House.
  • Snowe, Collins back lawsuit challenging health-care law

    11/22/2010 1:48:00 PM PST · by FTJM · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/22/10 | Matt DeLong
    The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald reports that both of Maine's senators -- Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins -- are signing on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health-care law. The brief was initiated by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and boasts the signatures of 30 Senate Republicans. The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general for several states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small-business trade organization. At issue is a requirement that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a fine --...
  • GOP senators see threat on right (Hatch, Snowe running scared as the RINO hunt continues)

    11/11/2010 7:56:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-10 | Shira Toeplitz
    Another bloody Republican Senate primary election season is taking shape for 2012, with potentially serious intra-party challenges percolating in close to a half-dozen states. Polls indicate that at least two veteran GOP senators are highly vulnerable to challenges on their right flank — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe – and there are rumblings about potential GOP bids against Nevada Sen. John Ensign, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar as well. On the whole, the 2012 map looks extremely promising for the GOP. After posting a six-seat gain in 2010, Republicans are in...
  • 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 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...
  • Tea Party Wants to Ambush More GOP Senators in 2012

    10/07/2010 2:11:59 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2010 | Janet Hook
    Tea-party activists, keen to build on their success toppling GOP incumbents in primaries this year, are already targeting more Republican veterans in the 2012 election. GOP senators like Bob Corker, above, have drawn criticism from tea-party activists for some of the positions they have taken over the years. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress, already has a conservative GOP primary opponent. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Indiana) have all drawn fire from the right wing of their party. Tea-party activists have put these...
  • Public Policy Poller on the O'Donnell Effect: Snowe and Collins Must Move to the Right

    10/06/2010 10:38:38 PM PDT · by Reeser · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 1, 2010 | Colin Woodard
    “I think it’s virtually impossible anymore to be a moderate in the Republican Party and survive politically,” says Tom Jensen, of Raleigh, N.C.–based Public Policy Polling, which conducted a poll last month finding that Maine Republicans would favor an unnamed conservative challenger to Snowe by a 63–29 margin. “If Snowe and Collins are committed to being elected as Republicans, it is in their interests to move to the right.”
  • 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....
  • I’m Weeping For Our Rhinos

    10/02/2010 11:29:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Mail & Guardian ^ | Saturday, September 25th, 2010 | Sarah Britten
    Twenty. That’s how many rhino are being lost to South Africa every month through poaching. A creature that first emerged during the Eocene and lumbered through the aeons to walk the Earth today is being shot and hacked in numbers that are truly terrifying. The horn that makes it among the most distinctive creatures on the planet — the one we knew instantly back when the icing on Iced Zoo biscuits was applied with greater finesse — is also the mark that sentences it to death. It’s not as easy to get emotional about rhino as it is about elephants...
  • Maine's Snowe Courts Tea Party Early for 2012 Re-election(Zero chance of Tea Party support, Sen.)

    09/29/2010 2:04:50 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 66 replies
    newsmax ^ | 9/29/10 | dan weil
    After seeing what tea-party-backed candidates did to moderate Republicans in primary elections, moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is taking no chances. The Maine senator is talking up the tea party movement, even though she’s not up for re-election until 2012, Roll Call reports. “I’ve been a Republican for all of my political life, since I was registered to vote,” she told the paper. “I’ve been at the forefront of a number of anti-spending initiatives [and] fiscal issues. I agree with tea-party types when they say that the Republican Party lost its way. I agree. I was arguing that case for...
  • Dana Bash: Snowe sounds off (RINO praises Castle, attacks Tea Partiers, conservatives)

    09/18/2010 9:31:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 151 replies · 1+ views
    (snip) Visibly sad, Snowe called Castle "an outstanding public servant who was committed to the common good of his state and country." The longer Snowe talked about the state of the GOP and the Tea Party movement, the more riled up she got. "Understand, there are a lot of issues that, for example, in the Tea Party that they raise that are legitimate issues. Did we abandon our basic principles of fiscal responsibility? Absolutely. I was arguing those points during the Bush administration," Snowe said emphatically, "I made those very arguments." "Congress isn't working right and it's not working well,...
  • Snowe sounds off

    09/17/2010 11:40:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/17/10 | dana bash
    4:50 p.m. - Few Republican lawmakers were as stung by Rep. Mike Castle's surprising loss to his conservative GOP opponent as Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. In a hallway just off the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, she sounded off about her place as a moderate in the GOP, and voter anger she says she understands. Visibly sad, Snowe called Castle "an outstanding public servant who was committed to the common good of his state and country." The longer Snowe talked about the state of the GOP and the Tea Party movement, the more riled up she got. "Understand, there are...
  • 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...
  • List of Repub RINOs who voted for Obama's Stimulus

    List of Republicans who voted for the Stimulus House of Representatives No Republicans voted for the bill Senate Collins (R-ME) Snowe (R-ME) Specter (R-PA) *
  • Senate passes bill to save teacher, police jobs(Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine again)

    08/10/2010 11:25:31 AM PDT · by goldendays · 58 replies · 2+ views
    .google.com/hostednews/ap/ ^ | 08/06/10 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Senate passes bill to save teacher, police jobs – WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to provide billions to save the jobs of teachers and other public workers is on track to pass the Senate, helped along by the votes of a couple of GOP moderates. Democrats cracked a GOP filibuster on Wednesday, and the House was being called back from its summer break for an expected final vote next week to help cash-strapped states and school districts. The $26 billion measure would help states ease their severe budget problems and, advocates said, stop the layoffs of perhaps 300,000 teachers, firefighters, police...
  • Kagan's Snowe job on gun rights - Obama nominee is a threat to the Second Amendment

    07/29/2010 10:47:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 28, 2010 | Masthead Editorial
    The more it looks like the Senate will confirm Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, the more gun owners should worry. Yesterday, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine became the fourth Republican to stand behind President Obama's nominee on the phony basis that Ms. Kagan supports gun rights. Mrs. Snowe explained in a press release that, "as a longtime, ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, it was critical that [Solicitor] General Kagan stated during her testimony that the precedents set by the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases - which upheld a personal right to possess a firearm...