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  • Collins opposes White House cyber czar

    11/04/2009 8:06:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | 11/02/2009 | Ben Bain
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the top-ranking Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today argued against establishing a new cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House. Rather than have a new White House “cyber czar” oversee cybersecurity efforts, the Homeland Security Department should be given greater resources and authority to secure civilian networks, Collins said during a speech in Washington. She called for establishing a cybersecurity center at DHS with a “strong and empowered leader” who would also serve as principal cybersecurity adviser to the president. Under the government's overall computer security strategy, DHS is responsible for protecting...
  • ME 2014/NY-23 2009: Collins stumps for GOP hopeful [caption DIABLO with RINO Collins] [barf alert]

    10/26/2009 2:09:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,145+ views
    HOUSE RACE: Maine senator attends rally to support Scozzafava. BY MARTHA ELLEN CANTON — More than 50 supporters of Republican Dierdre K. Scozzafava's campaign for the 23rd Congressional District turned out Saturday at Phoebe's Restaurant to hear U.S. Sen. Susan K. Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla., tell them she was the best candidate.
  • NY-23 2009: Scozzafava hits trail with GOP women [RINO Susan Collins]

    10/24/2009 3:59:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,447+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-10-24 | Jordan Fabian
    Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-N.Y.) brought two female GOP lawmakers with her on the campaign trail today after a week in which several national Republicans endorsed Conservative Party challenger Doug Hoffman. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) joined Scozzafava today at a campaign event. Ex-Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), arguably the Republican Party's most visible woman, endorsed Hoffman this week. Most conservatives have shied away from Scozzafava or endorsed Hoffman, arguing that she holds too many liberal positions.
  • Sen. Susan Collins Indicates Support For Health Care Reform (I'm getting sick of these Maine RINOs)

    10/14/2009 5:08:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 793+ views
    wmtw ^ | 10/14/2009 | staff
    Maine's junior Republican senator said Wednesday she's open to voting for a sweeping health care overhaul this year. Sen. Susan Collins said the status quo is unacceptable, but she has serious concerns about the version that cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday with support from Maine's senior Republican senator, Olympia Snowe. Collins said she fears the coverage will not be affordable for many families and small businesses, and the proposed Medicare cuts are too deep. Snowe said she opposes a government-run health insurance option, unless private insurers fail to do their part.
  • Another GOP Senator open to health care overhaul? (Susan Collins!)

    10/14/2009 8:25:12 AM PDT · by Shethink13 · 16 replies · 1,196+ views
    AP ^ | October 14, 2009 | Ricardo Alonso-Zalvidar
    A second Republican senator signaled Wednesday she's open to voting for sweeping health care legislation this year, putting President Barack Obama closer to a historic achievement that has eluded generations of Democratic leaders.
  • Another GOP senator open to health care overhaul

    10/14/2009 8:09:08 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 136 replies · 7,813+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct 14, 2009 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON – A second Republican senator signaled Wednesday she's open to voting for sweeping health care legislation this year, putting President Barack Obama closer to a historic achievement that has eluded generations of Democratic leaders. But Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told The Associated Press that the bill approved Tuesday by the Finance Committee needs substantial improvements to make coverage more affordable, contain costs, and protect Medicare. Nevertheless, she joined her Maine GOP colleague Sen. Olympia Snowe in endorsing the goal of far-reaching changes.
  • Forget the people - ram healthcare bill through

    10/14/2009 5:34:49 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 13 replies · 528+ views
    One News Now ^ | 10/14/2009 | Jim Brown
    A healthcare reform expert says Democratic leaders in Congress who are seeking to pass healthcare legislation before Thanksgiving are "deceiving themselves into thinking they know what's best for the American people." The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote today on a healthcare reform bill authored by Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) that would create new taxes and regulations to pay for a massive expansion of the Medicaid entitlement program. Although the Baucus proposal has been billed as the most "moderate and reasonable" of five committee healthcare bills, a new study prepared by Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates that by 2019 the...
  • Taking Health Care Courtship Up Another Notch

    09/26/2009 12:40:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 453+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 26, 2009
    Taking Health Care Courtship Up Another Notch By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG Published: September 26, 2009 WASHINGTON — With its swanky wine bar and jazz pianist, the 701 Restaurant is one of those downtown spots where lobbyists woo clients and couples pursue romance. But it was a political courtship — President Obama’s quest for a health care overhaul — that brought the White House budget director, Peter R. Orszag, and Senator Susan Collins of Maine together for a recent dinner there. Ms. Collins is one of a handful of moderate Republicans who might provide the president a pivotal vote, but she...
  • Czar Wars

    09/25/2009 5:13:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 698+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: In yet another vote against transparency, the Senate killed an amendment imposing legislative oversight on unconfirmed White House officials. Shouldn't we know who they are and what they're doing? Green czar Van Jones is gone, forced to leave the administration after Fox News and the conservative blogosphere revealed his past as a self-avowed communist. Jones had issues that some argue should have been discussed in confirmation hearings that never occurred before he assumed his position. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, would have liked to have learned of Jones' communist links and more before this man, who believes that white America...
  • Sen. Susan Collins Says Flatly that She Won't Support a "Public Option" or a "Trigger" - Video

    09/14/2009 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies · 828+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of GOP Sen. Susan Collins saying she will NOT support a Health Care Bill with a "Public Option," or a "Trigger" for a "Public Option." She made the statement to CNN's John King. Collins is one Republican Democrats have thought they could convince to support ObamaCare, but she said flatly in this video she will not support the "Public Option." Collins rightly said that a "trigger" only delays implementation of a "Public Option." To vote for a "trigger" when it is the Government who will decide if the "trigger" needs to be used, is to guarantee an...
  • (Sen. Susan) Collins does not support public option 'trigger'

    09/13/2009 9:11:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies · 931+ views
    The Hill ^ | 09/13/09 | Tony Romm
    A key swing vote on healthcare reform said Sunday she would not support a public option "trigger" -- a series of benchmarks that, if not met by a certain time, would authorize the creation of a government insurance program.
  • U.S. government nervous about stimulus fraud, scams (Susan Collins NOW Worried About Porkulus Fraud)

    09/11/2009 5:55:29 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2009 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - As billions of dollars from the economic stimulus plan pour through the U.S. economy, members of Congress, the administration and regulatory agencies are increasingly worried about the risks of fraud. Earl Devaney told Congress on Thursday the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board he chairs is investigating those who may have misappropriated stimulus money.
  • Man Calls for Resignation of Maine Senators Snowe and Collins - Video

    09/07/2009 1:17:00 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 12 replies · 1,533+ views
    http://www.freedomslighthouse.com/2009/09/man-calls-for-resignation-of-maine.html Here is video of a citizen of Maine calling for the resignations of Maine GOP Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, and Rep. Michaud because they voted for President Obama's Stimulus Bill. He made the statement at a Town Hall Meeting with a lot of people - but with no Senators or legislators present. Instead, participants had put chairs at the front with pictures of their legislators in the chairs! The man talked to the pictures in calling for their resignations! That's what it has come to. The people are so fed up with what is happening they will...
  • Hundreds vent frustrations at political event in Brewer

    08/26/2009 6:04:53 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 16 replies · 1,073+ views
    Bangor (Maine) Daily News ^ | 26 August, 2009 | Dawn Gagnon
    BREWER, Maine — An estimated 450 people from throughout Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and beyond gathered in Brewer Tuesday night to give their elected representatives a piece of their minds. The problem was U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud were no shows. Instead the dozens of people who traveled from such places as Washington County, Casco, Saco, East Millinocket, Orrington, the St. John Valley, Bangor, and York County, had to make due by addressing blown up photographs of the three propped up against three empty chairs that had been reserved for them at the...
  • McCain says Congress backs expanding Libya ties-Jana [McLame reported praising Gaddafi]

    08/14/2009 9:41:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 889+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-08-14 | Ali Shuaib
    TRIPOLI, Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain praised Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi for his peacemaking role in Africa and said Congress would support expanding ties, Libyan state news agency Jana said on Friday. U.S.-Libyan relations have dramatically improved since Tripoli's decision in December 2003 to give up its weapons of mass destruction programmes, with diplomatic ties resuming in June 2004 after a break of more than two decades. "McCain and the delegation accompanying him confirmed the importance of expanding further the relations between Libya and the United States. The Congress would back the measures to be taken...
  • Here it comes: ENDA introduced in the US Senate by Republicans and Democrats

    08/05/2009 1:15:53 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 15 replies · 992+ views
    America's Independent Party ^ | August 5, 2009 | Staff
    A new drive for special "rights" for those who commit homosexual acts. Email from the well-financed and powerful radical homosexual lobby today: Employment Non-Discrimination Act introduced in U.S. Senate Task Force: ENDA ‘reflects core U.S. value of fairness’ “People recognize that our nation as a whole benefits when everyone is allowed to contribute their talents and skills, free from discrimination, which is all ENDA seeks to do.” — Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds today’s Senate introduction of the Employment...
  • Susan Collins says she supports Sonia Sotomayor [RINO puke alert]

    07/21/2009 10:18:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 870+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-07-21 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday that she would become the fourth Senate Republican to support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court. The support from the Maine centrist is the latest sign that Sotomayor will be confirmed by a comfortable majority before the Senate adjourns for its summer recess on Aug. 7. "Judge Sotomayor has impressive legal experience, has excelled throughout her life and is a tremendously accomplished person," Collins said. "And based on my review of her record, my assessment of her character and my analysis of her adherence to precedent, Judge Sotomayor warrants confirmation to the high court."
  • McCain, Graham, Collins, and Snowe

    07/07/2009 1:09:39 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 22 replies · 1,537+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | July 7, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    McCain, Graham, Collins, and Snowe. No, it's not a singing group like Crosby, Seals, and Nash. If they were, they would be immediately branded as 'anti-music.' These Republicans are most likely to vote in favor of Cap and Trade. But the good news is that a dozen Democrats have expressed doubts about voting for the bill due to the enormous costs to citizens and our economy.
  • twitter susan collins?

    05/23/2009 8:10:03 PM PDT · by mirkwood · 2 replies · 270+ views
    mirkwood ^ | 5/23/09 | mirkwood
    Cheeze whiz.. can this actually work http://twitter.com/senatorcollins
  • Snowe, Collins warn the party it must wake up

    04/28/2009 5:43:17 PM PDT · by pissant · 90 replies · 5,559+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/28/0 | Taylor Rushing
    Both Republican senators from Maine said Tuesday that the GOP must change its ways following Sen. Arlen Specter’s (Pa.) decision to switch parties. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe told reporters that they were surprised at Specter’s decision and that they largely feel at home in the Republican Conference. Both senators often cross the aisle to support Democratic bills, including the $787 billion stimulus law. Collins called Specter’s decision “unfortunate for our party and our country,” and acknowledged that Democratic leaders have long been trying to persuade her to change parties. “When you’re a moderate Republican, every year there’s someone...
  • [Susan] Collins expounds on bipartisanship

    04/06/2009 8:38:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,460+ views
    WATERVILLE -- The meaning of bipartisanship too often depends on whether one's party is in the majority or the minority, Sen. Susan Collins said during an address Sunday night at Colby College. Collins, a moderate Republican, cast a key vote for President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic recovery bill passed in Congress in February. Currently, she is once again a key negotiator as the Senate and the House of Representatives try to find common ground on a $3.6 trillion budget. "Bipartisanship is a principle and principles do not change according to circumstance," Collins said. "Just as we cannot claim the...
  • Only Conserva-tarians Can Save the GOP

    03/23/2009 10:30:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 203 replies · 2,137+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2009-03-19
    Limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, greater economic opportunity, and respect for this nation and its heritage. BY JERRY A. KANE At what point does complacency end and panic set in for the members and leaders of the Republican Party? When will they notice the empty hour glass and recognize wickedness for what it is? The hordes of satiated simpletons shouting in rhythmic cadence, “Oh we love, the O-One … Oh we love, the O-One” is not the Winkie chant of guards entering a castle in a scene from a classic fantasy film. The ill winds of the 2006 and...
  • Collins Doesn't Support Obama Budget

    03/22/2009 1:34:17 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 45 replies · 1,882+ views
    http://www.thehopeforamerica.com/play.php?id=630 ^ | March 27, 08 | thehopeforamerica
    Collins Doesn't Support Obama Budget Senator Susan Colllins finally discovers fiscal responsibility http://www.thehopeforamerica.com/play.php?id=630 Date Added: 3/22/09 This video has been viewed 174 times.
  • U.S. senators want $400 million spent on wind energy [Snowe/Collins + Democrats]

    03/13/2009 5:45:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,276+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-03-13
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators from two Northeast states urged U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to commit $400 million from the economic stimulus package to support an advanced wind energy program, especially for offshore wind projects. The lawmakers want money budgeted for the department's energy efficiency and renewable energy activities set aside for developing domestic wind energy technologies so the United States can be compete with foreign wind companies. . . . . . The letter was sent by Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman.
  • Snowe, Collins: Ado over Limbaugh reflects struggles of party

    03/09/2009 8:41:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 1,567+ views
    The Kennebec Journal, Kennebec, Me. ^ | 2009-03-09 | Dieter Bradbury
    Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is casting a shadow over the Republican Party's efforts to redefine itself after two losing election cycles. For moderate U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who defied the party's national trend by easily winning re-election in Maine in 2006 and 2008, respectively, it's almost too much to bear. "You'd think they might take a page out of our book rather than trying to fight it," Snowe said of the national GOP last week. "They don't want to acknowledge where they've gone wrong."
  • Caption Susan Collins, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham at Obama's speech

    02/25/2009 7:47:18 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,843+ views
  • Climate bill needed to 'save our planet,' says Obama [McCain, Graham, Martinez, Snowe/Collins]

    02/25/2009 6:28:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 956+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-02-25 | Darren Samuelson
    President Obama lent his voice last night to the push for a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions, using his first speech to a joint session of Congress to lobby for controversial legislation sure to spark a heated debate during tight economic times. Obama campaigned for president last year with climate change and energy issues atop his agenda. And he returned to those themes yesterday, saying that a cap-and-trade bill would help spark economic recovery by giving U.S. companies greater incentive to start producing more wind turbines, solar panels, biofuels and battery-powered automobiles. "To truly transform our economy, to protect...
  • Sen. Collins Says Stimulus Vote Was Necessary [says it's just the beginning] [RINO alert]

    02/18/2009 3:32:49 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,072+ views
    WCSH NBC 6 Portland, Maine | 2009-02-18
    Link only, per FR copyright and excerpt policy
  • How Maine's GOP Senators Are Key to Obama's Agenda(courtship)

    02/16/2009 10:23:44 AM PST · by shielagolden · 42 replies · 2,790+ views
    time.com/ ^ | Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 | Karen Tumulty and Jay Newton-
    How Maine's GOP Senators Are Key to Obama's Agenda Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe Collins: The courtship of Senator Olympia Snowe started in December with a phone call from Joe Biden. The Vice President-elect made sure Snowe had his home telephone number in Delaware so she would know how to reach him on weekends. In the weeks that followed, the two traded memos back and forth about how an economic stimulus package should work. "I had an infinite number of ideas, because they had been stored up," says Snowe, a Maine Republican who never got that kind of treatment when...
  • Edible weeds

    02/14/2009 10:03:07 AM PST · by djf · 246 replies · 10,331+ views
    ongoing
    I have decided to start a thread focusing on edible weeds. Many of the common plants we see everyday are edible, and while most are not hugely palatable or nutritious, a few are truly very good. If you would like to post a recipe, please post recipes related to these plants only. As always, an extreme amount of caution is advised. It's probably true that 90 percent or so of plants are actually edible, there is a small percentage that if you eat them, you WON'T have to worry about eating again! Oleander comes to mind, it would take less...
  • Stimulus Sellout: 3 Gop Senators Slashed Billions in Tax Cuts; Specter Got $6.5 Billion [cancer]

    02/12/2009 8:36:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies · 1,783+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Feb 12, 2009 | By: David A. Patten
    The “gang of three” — liberal Republican Sens. Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins — who handed President Obama the stimulus bill he so desperately needed, apparently sacrificed billions in tax cuts during final negotiations over the measure in order to reduce its cost. The compromise bill — which may be ready for President Obama’s signature as early as Monday — also stripped America’s ailing businesses of tax benefits and other incentives. “From auto dealers to the home-building industry, big business appears to be the biggest loser in the final economic stimulus plan . . .” The Wall Street...
  • How Maine's GOP Senators Are Key to Obama's Agenda

    02/12/2009 8:27:30 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies · 1,393+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 02/12/09 | YahooNews
    The courtship of Senator Olympia Snowe started in December with a phone call from Joe Biden. The Vice President-elect made sure Snowe had his home telephone number in Delaware so she would know how to reach him on weekends. In the weeks that followed, the two traded memos back and forth about how an economic stimulus package should work. "I had an infinite number of ideas, because they had been stored up," says Snowe, a Maine Republican who never got that kind of treatment when her party controlled the White House. "Now somebody was listening." (See who's who in Obama's...
  • Collins Says Time Is Short For Stimulous Bill (RINO Justifies Sellout)

    02/11/2009 12:35:41 PM PST · by jessduntno · 56 replies · 1,813+ views
    ap ^ | Today
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maine's Susan Collins says time is getting short as House and Senate negotiators reach for a final deal with the White House on economic stimulus legislation. Conferees from the two chambers today agreed to pare the measure to below $800 billion. The $838 billion Senate bill that cleared earlier this week had the backing of only three of 41 Republicans -- but that was enough to give it the 60 votes it needed. Collins and fellow Mainer Olympia Snowe were among those who broke ranks with most Republicans. Collins told reporters today that she hopes other GOP...
  • Maine's GOP senators thrust into stimulus debate [Maine SSR]

    02/09/2009 4:28:47 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 916+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-09
    BY JERRY HARKAVY PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) — Thousands of lost jobs and a deep streak of independence have thrust Maine into the middle of the debate over President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. Of the three Republican senators who were the first to break ranks and support the legislation, two are from Maine: moderate Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. That comes as no surprise to many people in this state, where independents make up the largest voting bloc and pragmatism comes with the turf. "I grew up in Maine. We're all independents — that's the way we are," Snowe...
  • Three Republican Senators Bring Socialism

    02/09/2009 6:53:23 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 64 replies · 2,897+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 2/9/2009 | Connie Hair
    America’s future in freedom hangs in the balance as three RINO senators on Friday announced they will join Democrats in their scheme to move this country irretrievably down the path to socialism. Senators Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) have indicated they will vote for the $1.3 trillion “stimulus” spending bill that purposes none other than precisely that outcome. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office ruled that less than 20 percent of the bill could in any way be considered stimulative. The vote for cloture in the Senate is scheduled for 5:30 pm today. If cloture is...
  • Sen. Susan Collins Defends Her Decision to Vote For Obama Stimulus Plan - Video 2/7/09

    02/07/2009 8:21:47 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 939+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 7, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Sen. Susan Collins is one of three Republicans who have decided to jump ship and vote with the Democrats on the Obama Stimulus (Porkulus) Bill. Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe are the other two. Here is video of Collins today defending her decision to vote with the Democrats. Essentially, she says the revised bill will put money in the pockets of Americans through tax cuts, and they cut out $110 Billion. Pressure should be put on Collins and the other two renegade Republicans who say they will vote with the Democrats. Thanks to Gateway Pundit, here are the phone numbers...
  • Pared-down stimulus deal reached in Senate (Liberal Republicans completely take over party)

    02/06/2009 6:51:28 PM PST · by tobyhill · 98 replies · 2,813+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/6/2009 | msnbc
    With job losses soaring nationwide, Senate Democrats reached agreement with key Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's plan for reviving the economy. "The American people want us to work together. They don't want to see us dividing along partisan lines on the most serious crisis confronting our country," said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, one of two GOP senators who signaled support for the bill on the Senate floor. There appeared to be some confusion among senators about the final price tag. Some Democratic officials put the cost at $780 billion...
  • Senators Reach Accord on Stimulus Plan as Jobs Vanish (Collins, Snowe, Specter)

    02/07/2009 3:58:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 1,243+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2009 | Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats reached an agreement with Republican moderates on Friday to pare a huge economic recovery measure, clearing the way for approval of [the package]. ... The fine print was not immediately available, and the numbers were shifting. But in essence, the Democratic leadership and two centrist Republicans announced they had struck a deal on about $110 billion in cuts to the roughly $900 billion legislation — a deal expected to provide at least the 60 votes needed to send the bill out of the Senate and into negotiations with the House, which has passed its own version....
  • Boycott the State produced products of the RINO Maine Senators

    02/06/2009 9:21:49 PM PST · by Jeff Gordon · 47 replies · 2,175+ views
    2/6/2--9
    The two RINO Republican Senators from Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow, are about to betray the Republican Party and the United States. Their choosing to vote with the Democrats on the Obama Trillion Dollar National Rape bill has to be the most traitorous act since Benedict Arnold. The only recourse we have is to strike out at the people who voted for these two into office. That would be to boycott the products of the State of Maine. A good list of the products of Maine can be found with a Google Search. There is still time for the...
  • Maine stands to gain from bill, but the question is how much

    02/06/2009 5:31:25 PM PST · by george76 · 96 replies · 2,717+ views
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | February 6, 2009 | MATT WICKENHEISER
    Maine stands to receive more than $1 billion in economic stimulus money from Washington, but trying to nail down exactly how much is proving nearly impossible for the state officials planning how to spend it. Nicole Witherbee, federal budget analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy, sees roughly $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion for Maine in the House bill, and possibly a bit more in the Senate version. As a result of Snowe's provision, Maine would receive up to $420 million in additional federal Medicaid assistance. "With states looking at combined budget 'gaps' of $350 billion over the next...
  • EMAIL SUSAN COLLINS AND OLYMPIA SNOWE (VANITY)

    CALL/EMAIL PLEASE http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.Email http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email its not the final bill quite yet
  • CNN BREAKING- Tenative Deal Reached For $780B PORKULUS-Susan Collins folded!!!

    02/06/2009 2:45:31 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 566 replies · 27,282+ views
    2-6-09 | TCRLAF
    more as it becomes available...
  • No More Nice Guy: Obama Strikes Back On Stimulus.Reid added, "I think we have the two votes

    02/05/2009 10:47:21 AM PST · by shielagolden · 88 replies · 4,525+ views
    npr.org/ ^ | February 5, 2009 | Liz Halloran
    No More Nice Guy: Obama Strikes Back On Stimulus No More Nice Guy: Obama Strikes Back On Stimulus President Obama is turning the screws. Two weeks out from his historic inauguration and promises of a new, less partisan Washington, but with his stimulus plan taking a very public beating at the hands of minority Republicans on Capitol Hill, the president has been forced to transform. The Great Diffuser of inclusion and charm first shifted to the Great Salesman of Stimulus. Over the past 24 hours, he has been forced to become the much more stern Man With the Mandate. Obama...
  • Republican senators meet to weigh stimulus alternative [RINO alert] [McCain's Gang of 10]

    02/03/2009 11:13:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,222+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Ten Republican senators met in Sen. Mel Martinez's office Tuesday morning to discuss a broader stimulus measure than their leadership is proposing — but a narrower one than Democrats are considering. CNN was the only news organization outside the meeting. Afterwards, Martinez told CNN the details are still being debated and finalized, but they are looking at a ballpark figure of $500 billion, including the cost of tax cuts, infrastructure and military spending, and provisions to address the housing crisis. Martinez and Sen. Lindsey Graham said they plan to present their ideas to fellow Republicans at their...
  • Obama seeks assessment on gays in military [McKennedy alert]

    01/31/2009 11:38:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,106+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2009-02-01
    No rush to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' BY BRYAN BENDER WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is telling the Pentagon and gay-rights advocates that it will have to study the implications for national security and enlist more support in Congress before trying to overturn the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law and allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to people involved in the discussions. They said Obama, who pledged during the campaign to overturn the law, does not want to ask lawmakers to do so until the military has completed a comprehensive assessment of the impact that...
  • Dems RINO Hunting in the Senate

    01/30/2009 7:53:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 1,106+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2009-01-30 | Connie Hair
    The Democrat-led Senate Finance Committee is going through the pretense of a markup on their version of the $1.1 trillion sham stimulus bill passed by the House on Wednesday evening. Props to every single House Republican who -- to the last man and woman -- stood against socialism in voting against the mother of all spending bills. Now the bill’s fate rests in the hands of the RINO-infested Senate, where hopes of Republican unity in defense of the country from this socialist onslaught is a lot less likely. The usual suspects include Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the RINO...
  • Congress must work with our new president to secure nation's economic future [RINO] [triple barf]

    01/29/2009 8:23:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 668+ views
    Sanford News, Sanford, Maine ^ | 2009-01-29 | U.S. Senator Susan Collins
    America recently reaffirmed its proud history as we inaugurated our 44th president. A huge crowd withstood bitter cold to be part of this landmark ceremony. I was struck by how well the musical performers reflected the diversity that is America's strength. President Obama's inaugural address was at once an uplifting tribute to the American spirit and a sobering reminder of the challenges confronting our nation. These are challenges that we must meet together. No challenge is more urgent than the current economic crisis. I am honored that my Senate colleagues have chosen me to serve on the Appropriations Committee, which...
  • Snowe, Collins primed to take center-stage among D.C. powerful

    01/06/2009 7:51:55 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 869+ views
    The Kennebec Journal, Kennebec, Me. ^ | 2009-01-06 | David B. Offer
    Mainers -- even staunch Democrats -- probably should celebrate the re-election of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Not because Chambliss is a wonderful legislator or has ideas that will solve the nation's problems. Neither is true. I think Chambliss, now starting his second term, is a mediocre senator, at best. But Chambliss' re-election in a runoff in Georgia kept Democrats from gaining a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate and, in the process, made Maine's senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, two of the most powerful people in Washington. The two Mainers -- with moderate to liberal leanings -- will hold...
  • U.S. Senate Democrats will need some Republican help [RINO Hall of Shame]

    01/03/2009 7:55:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,192+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-01-03 | Richard Cowan
    Jan 3 (Reuters) - With a close Minnesota race still undecided, Democrats will hold no more than 59 seats in the new 100-member U.S. Senate that convenes on Jan. 6. That means Democrats will need the help of at least a few Republicans to hit the 60 votes required to clear procedural roadblocks known as filibusters.
  • Moderate Republicans may be in big demand in Senate [Specter/Collins]

    01/01/2009 10:36:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,779+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2009-01-02 | Janet Hook
    Congress has so few moderate Republicans that at least in the Senate they could squeeze into a Volkswagen Beetle. Their ranks have dwindled in recent elections. Those who remain in politics have been marginalized by their own party, which has inexorably veered to the right over the last generation. But this beleaguered minority has an opportunity to wield outsized influence on what President-elect Barack Obama can accomplish in Congress.