Before Retirement, Olympia Snowe’s Husband Dealing With For-Profit Education Corruption Lawsuit

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 11:34 am

We’re hearing all the paeans to Olympia Snowe today, that brave bipartisan moderate who was shamefully thrust out of Congress by extremists. The fact that Snowe had no credible challenger with two weeks before the deadline for filing doesn’t play into this, nor does the fact that she didn’t actually show the courage claimed in [...]

Senators Stake Out Positions for Blunt Amendment Vote Tomorrow

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 2:16 pm

Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse insurance mandates on virtually any medical service simply by stating a moral objection to the practice, for tomorrow. Reid actually introduced the amendment himself when the Republicans wouldn’t: “We’re having our usual productive time in the Senate. Monday, no [...]

On Olympia Snowe’s Retirement, Americans Elect and Bipartisan Fetishism

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 11:54 am

Olympia Snowe’s surprise announcement that she wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate in Maine was so unexpected (she didn’t even tell her own staff), that it left every political figure in the state scrambling. You need a minimum of 2,000 certified signatures to get on the primary ballot, and the deadline is in just two [...]

Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Re-Election in Maine

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 2:32 pm

In a highly unexpected announcement, Olympia Snowe, the Senator from Maine, will not seek re-election, putting another seat on the table for the Democrats in the Senate and possibly shifting what was seen as a likely Republican takeover into more of a tossup. Here’s the statement from Snowe, who didn’t really face much resistance for [...]

Snowe, Collins Support Compromise on Birth Control Access

By: Monday February 13, 2012 10:15 am

We know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the new compromise policy on birth control access, and that the Republican leadership agrees with them. But does that mean they have a chance to shift policy legislatively? The chances of that took a severe blow today, when Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and [...]

Snowe: No Cuts to Social Security and Medicare in Debt Limit Deal

By: Monday July 11, 2011 4:06 pm

Here’s how out of control the debt limit debate has gotten on Capitol Hill. The Democrat in the White House is trying to increase the eligibility age for Medicare or effect a Social Security benefit cut, and the Republican from Maine is trying to stop him. “There are solvency problems with both programs,” Sen. Olympia [...]

Republicans On the Anti-Tax Ledge

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 9:30 am

Here’s just another reason why I’m not buying this about-face from Republicans on $1 trillion in tax increases, which would be needed to secure the “going big” deal hoped for by Barack Obama. If you open your Wall Street Journal editorial page, as I’m sure you do every day, you will see an op-ed by [...]

Merkley: “Real Concerns” About AG Settlement, Wants Warren at CFPB ASAP

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 1:22 pm

About a year ago, I appeared at Netroots Nation with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Professor Elizabeth Warren on a panel called “The Forgotten Foreclosure Crisis.” Speaking with Merkley today, I remarked that we could hold the same panel again this year, without changing a word of it, and not [...]

Obama Energy Security Plan Launches Like Lead Balloon

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 1:54 pm

Let’s just say that the President’s energy security speech didn’t go over so well among the communities of interest. The President acknowledged the problem of dependence on oil, but the relatively puny target – reducing foreign oil imports by 1/3 over the next decade and a half – and the emphasis on “finding and producing [...]

Republicans Taking Other Hostages, Threaten to Shoot START if DADT Repealed

By: Friday December 17, 2010 12:24 pm

Bob Corker, speaking softly to Olivier Knox, casually says that the START treaty won’t pass if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or the DREAM Act get a vote tomorrow. Corker voted against bringing up START in the first place. Nevertheless, you can’t totally dismiss this threat. Even though Corker voted against the treaty on the motion [...]

Votes in Place for Senate to Pass DADT Repeal, But Outcome Still Unclear

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 6:10 am

The House passage of the standalone bill that would effect a legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell leads to the worst words in the English language: “The bill now moves to the Senate.” But there’s some reason for optimism. First of all, check out the roll call of the 250-175 House vote. Supporters actually [...]

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