Breaking... Olympia Snowe is stepping down from the U.S. Senate

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Naran
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Roger - if you're referring

Roger - if you're referring to the recent GOP caucuses, I do not recall any selection of US senators, nor congresscritters. All the straw poll at our caucuses addressed was the GOP presidential nominees.

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Roger, our Caucus did not

Roger, our Caucus did not have any votes for a Senator...I assume yours did? Was it a preference poll, aka the Presidential vote?

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The last couple days with

The last couple days with this senate seat is like watching a ham bone thrown into a yard full of hyenas.

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Snowe's open Senate seat is attracting national interest.

The New York Post reported that Georgette Mosbacher, a businesswoman, GOP fundraiser and former wife of Robert Mosbacher, secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush, is thinking about buying a house in Maine and running for Senate as a Republican.

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/news/Michaud-says-hes-not-running-for-Senate....

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgette_Mosbacher]Georgette Mosbacher, NY resident and finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee.[/url]

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Maine ambition New York

Maine ambition

New York Post

Last Updated: 11:55 PM, February 29, 2012

Republican fund-raiser Georgette Mosbacher is considering running for the Senate seat.... Sources close to Mosbacher, who is also CEO of cosmetics company Borghese....seeking counsel from several high- ranking GOP members. “Georgette has been approached by several high-ranking Republicans arguing that she could put $10 million or more together quickly and make a race out of it,”

[url=http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/maine_ambition_82HfqC1ZG5FqPbvyW1buzL#ix...

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Last time I looked, Maine was not for sale.

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I know that outsiders think

I know that outsiders think they can have their way with us the minute they set foot in Maine- but this is a first for thinking Mainers will rush to vote for a New Yorker if she would only purchase a house here to make it legit.

What arrogance and egotism! I Does she believe that Mainers are people who do not have a voice in the matter?

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Naran, that's hilarious. My

Naran, that's hilarious. My wife and I have been feeling the same way. We thought it downright knee-slapping party fun to see Pingree, Michaud and Baldacci all pushing each other out of the way to grab the petition papers in Augusta, oh some 14 minutes or so after Snowe's announcement.

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Wow - what does she think

Wow - what does she think this is? New York?

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NO, she thinks we are

NO, she thinks we are Democrats lol.....(King, Pingree, Andrews, Sussman, Dill, Cain..........all from away, and don't forget Cutler....)

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Dear _______, Chellie has

Dear _______,

Chellie has been honored by the outpouring of support from all across Maine, and the country, encouraging her to run for the U.S. Senate. As she carefully considers running for the U.S. Senate, we need to get to work.

We have just thirteen days until March 15 to collect 2,000 signatures from Maine Democrats to get Chellie on the primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

Can you help? Sign up here, and we'll email you all the details.

http://action.chelliepingree.com/page/s/chellie-for-senate-sigs

We have events and volunteers throughout the state, and we'll connect you with Chellie volunteers near you.

Chellie knows we need to continue to fight to protect health care for women, create clean energy jobs here in Maine and create an economy that works for the middle class.

Chellie would be honored to have your help to qualify to run for U.S. Senate. Please sign up today.

All my best,

Kate

PS - Your volunteer support is critical. We can't thank you enough for all your support for Chellie.

C H E L L I E P I N G R E E for C O N G R E S S P.O. Box 17613 Portland Maine 04112

PAID FOR BY PINGREE FOR CONGRESS

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The Kennebec Journal
2:24 PM
Maine Democrats in 'holding pattern' for November races

PORTLAND — Maine Democrats are in a "holding pattern" as far as new candidates for either the U.S. House or U.S. Senate races, the party's chairman said.

Ben Grant said many of the party's politicians are now waiting to see if Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, who represents the state's 1st District, will run for the Senate. Pingree has taken out nominating papers for the seat, but has said she will decide whether to run over the weekend.

http://www.kjonline.com/news/Maine-Democrats-in-holding-pattern.html

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Pingree, Baldacci mulling Maine US Senate seat
CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press

Pingree said she's confident voters will return a Democrat to the Senate....

"I feel confident this is a seat I can win, that the Democrats will put a lot of attention and focus on given the national interest in this seat and the way it may affect the balance of the United States Senate," she said. "I feel very confident about the outcome of this race, ...whoever runs it will be a Democratic Senate seat."

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Pingree-Baldacci-debating-Maine-US...

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Charlie Summers, Bruce
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Olympia Snowe Retirement:

Olympia Snowe Retirement: Maine Senator Leaving Amid Frustration With Gridlock
By ANDREW TAYLOR 03/ 2/12

"There's a rank-and-file rebellion brewing here," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "Most people who come to the Senate work hard to get here and have done things in their lives of accomplishment. And I think a lot of us are getting tired of sitting around looking at each other."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/olympia-snowe-retirement-senate...

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Snowe: No plans for future

Snowe: No plans for future elected office, no job offers on the table
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff
Posted March 02, 2012, at 10:28 a.m.

Snowe...was unapologetic about dropping out of the race less than three weeks before the state deadline to submit the 2,000 signatures necessary to qualify for the primary ballot.

[Snowe] said her decision to drop out of the race aims to “send a message” that she hopes candidates clamoring for her seat take to heart.

“At some point, you have to bridge that divide” between Democrats and Republicans, she said. “That’s not what’s happening.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/02/politics/olympia-snowe-plans-future/

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I just can't see where the

I just can't see where the gridlock that Snowe talks about is affecting her continual leftist agenda, she has forced and with her Blunt vote continues to vote to force Americans to abide by Obamacare. She continues to believe that she can promise "free" healthcare like the vote to require insurance companies to provide "free" contraceptives as if there is no consequences in forcing so-called free services.

Her decision to not run for reelection has nothing to do with her statements, she is just covering for her own decision either personal or political.

The media and those that do not follow her votes and actions eat this misdirection that she offers up. Yes it is all about gridlock, even though both house and senate continue to borrow more money for "free" services and continual wars and also overwhelmingly pass more laws to restrict our liberties. 347

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I do not believe we have

I do not believe we have heard the last of Olympia Snowe or witnessed her last stand for office.

Is there any plausible candidate, Republican or independent, potential or announced, who stands for both civil and economic liberty?

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Take her support of the

Take her support of the requirement to force insurance companies to provide contraception Free to all women. Presently, a women has many choices of what contraception she might choose if any.

If you get your choice made free by edict, many will choose the most expensive choice, after all it's free.

So instead of leaving it up to the man or less costly options, many will say give me the best birth control pill you have available, many non-sexually active women will even take the pill to keep their complexion clear etc. Not even a copay or a percentage, no it's free.

Why do men have to consider their role in contraception when the women gets anything she wants for free. What societal norms are affected by free contraception, I mean this is just the typical non-thinking feel good laws that have continually been offered by DC and not many consider the unintended consequences.

And these are supposedly our great minds sitting in the Beltway, they already have for all intents turned the votes that they give as robovotes. This is a women's issue, vote yes chellie susan, olympia. It's for the troops vote yes, it's for security, vote yes. robo votes over and over again, don't read the bills, just vote, don't think, vote.

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Her statements infer that it

Her statements infer that it doesn't matter who we send, because the only figure of merit is 'getting things done.'

It doesn't matter what, just 'git 'er done.

How inane can you get?

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"And so it becomes more

"And so it becomes more divisive and I think ultimately has manifested itself in the Senate and an overall process that lends itself to dysfunction and political paralysis that doesn't allow problems to be solved." Snowe quote

Problems being solved? The problem is DC continues to create problems under the guise of solving them, that is the problem.

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MarkD12345 assumes: "Roger,

MarkD12345 assumes:
"Roger, our Caucus did not have any votes for a Senator...I assume yours did? Was it a preference poll, aka the Presidential vote?"

Ours did. All should have. When given the opportunity to indicate our preference it is a civic duty to do so.

Then Naran imagines:
"Last time I looked, Maine was not for sale."

We in Northern Maine know very well that there is not one single acre of paper company timberland in Maine today. Our Democrat legislature made it impossible to manage the woods efficiently. No board of directors will allow a company to own an asset they cannot manage or profit from.

Then eagleisland delivers more bad news:
"Charlie Summers, Bruce Poliquin and Rick Bennett are in."

Charlie Summers was on the SWAT team that raided our caucus last year. Bruce Poliquin contributed to Handgun Control International. Rick Bennett and Bob Monks are good buddies. All three are safe in stable jobs. Why rock the boat?

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I'm torn here. Bruce Poliquin

I'm torn here. Bruce Poliquin the State Treasurer or Bruce Poliquin the US Senator? He is doing such a fantastic job as treasurer I hate to loose him. But imagine that same veracity and fiscal restraint in the Senate?

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He is great as treasurer. I

He is great as treasurer. I would hate to lose him in that slot, but don't ever let him get near the opportunity to affect the Second Amendment.

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Updated: 5:33 PM Four

Updated: 5:33 PM
Four big-name Republicans enter Maine Senate race

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Four big Republicans have taken out nominating papers to run for the U.S. Senate in hopes of replacing Olympia Snowe.

Maine Attorney General Bill Schneider, Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and ex-Maine Senate President Rick Bennett each took out papers.....

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/news/Three-Republicans-take-out-papers-for-Se...

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With respect, they are all

With respect, they are all fine candidates. Some are stronger than others but only one will win......

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Bill Schneider---law

Bill Schneider---law enforcement statist. I will vote for Chellie Pingree first.
Charlie Summers---from Illinois. Do we want all 3 major candidates to be from Away?
Bruce Poliquin---seems new to politics but taking to it nicely. Can we pin him down?
Rick Bennett---has history already walked past him?

Why don't we see what Dave Emery is up to?

I have a feeling our next US Senator will be Certified Angus.

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When I wrote to Maine

When I wrote to Maine Attorney General Bill Schneide about the constitutionality of the MRRA, I received in return a robo email that bore no relationship to my correspondence and so I would expect more of the same laziness and disregard for the constitution should he be senator and also expect that he will continue to be instrumental in the chain of wealth redistribution to less than constitutional projects of our great Maine overlord society- and now at the federal level to boot!

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You'd vote for Chellie

You'd vote for Chellie Pingree? Well that makes your views all the more useful here.

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Melvin, You prefer the hammer

Melvin,

You prefer the hammer of conviction, while my choice is the fine blade of irony. That makes my comments here at least as useful as yours.

Be careful with your thumbs while you're swinging that hammer.

Yours,

Guizot

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If you would vote for

If you would vote for Penigree you must mean the blade of the sickle but it is a companion to the hammer in the symbolism of communism.

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Guizot, Re: Charlie Summers

Guizot,

Re: Charlie Summers -- with respect, that the guy is From Away isn't reason to oppose his nomination. His reported hometown of Kewanee, IL is pop. 12,000 and closer to Davenport, IA than Chicago and he apparently moved here straight after college. I might share your reservations if it was a guy from Boston or New York who arrived here last year and isn't adapted to our culture, but that isn't Summers.

Kind of like my stance on immigration in general: I don't care who you are or where you come from as long as you don't want to leech off of me or not assimilate.

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Trader 111, I see your point.

Trader 111,

I see your point. Genuine small-town boy beats suburbanites no matter what, but this still seems wrong. It would be more right if Minnesota or Illinois had three candidates born in Maine in 1860 than to see this now. It's sad that Maine has come to this. I am still open to hearing Summers on the issues.

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Roger, in addition to his 2nd

Roger, in addition to his 2nd Ammentment issue, you overlooked that Poloquin's gubernatorial campaign brochure bragged that he had served on the Board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine!

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