Stories about Olympia Snowe

Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, unveils a report by the chamber and the Maine Development Foundation in November 2013.

Be proud of this Maine tax credit

By Dana Connors on June 22, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
Fortunately for Maine, in 2011 a bipartisan group of legislators recognized the success of the federal New Markets Investment incentive and committed to replicating that success here in our state. Legislative leaders understood that encouraging more private investment in distressed communities was critical to lifting people out of poverty. They …
Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen to join growing field of Republicans seeking Maine congressional seat

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 29, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The list of Republicans running for Maine’s 2nd District U.S. House seat grew Thursday when former state Sen. Richard Rosen told the Bangor Daily News he intends to seek the seat. Rosen joins another high-profile former Senate Republican, Kevin Raye of Perry, who told the Bangor Daily …
A woman with a vivid vest arrives at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on Tuesday as a Paul LePage re-election fundraising event, featuring keynote speaker Jeb Bush, got underway

LePage confirms he will run for re-election during fundraiser featuring Jeb Bush

By Seth Koenig on July 02, 2013, at 9:01 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT | Gov. Paul LePage received the support of former Florida governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday evening in Kennebunkport, where notable Maine Republicans from around the state filed into the Nonantum Resort for one of the highest profile fundraisers yet in the still-young 2014 …
Former Maine Gov. John McKernan applauds his wife, Olympia Snowe, at a press conference in Portland last year.

Judge allows lawsuit against for-profit college firm linked to ex-Gov. McKernan to continue

By Christopher Cousins on May 31, 2013, at 7:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A federal judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a bid to dismiss a lawsuit against Education Management Corp., a for-profit college corporation with 14-year ties to former Maine Gov. John McKernan. U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry on Friday concurred with a previous court decision to let a lawsuit …
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye at the end of a press conference in Portland in March 2012.

Olympia’s List makes its first campaign donation — to Maine Sen. Susan Collins

By Scott Thistle on May 10, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced on Facebook on Friday her political action committee, Olympia’s List, would be donating to the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. In the post Snowe writes the contribution is the Olympia’s List’s first “major gift of the 2014 …
Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, looks over the boxes of files packed for storage and moving in her offices in Washington, D.C. after she gave her farewell address to the Senate and the nation. Snowe retired after 34 years in Congress.

Snowe voices support of same-sex marriage

on April 05, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
As part of what she calls a “sea change,” a former Maine senator who once supported the Defense of Marriage Act now sides with advocates of same-sex marriage. In a Friday interview with CNN, former Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe for the first time expressed her support for Maine’s same-sex …
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye at the end of a press conference in Portland in March 2012.

Snowe one of many members of Senate old guard leaving office

By Chris Cillizza, Washington Post on Jan. 14, 2013, at 5:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate is losing its lions. Jay Rockefeller’s retirement from the Senate, which the West Virginia Democrat announced Friday morning, is the latest in a series of departures — by death, defeat or choice — that has rapidly sapped the world’s greatest deliberative body of many of the …
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye at the end of a press conference in Portland in March 2012.

Stepping down, Olympia Snowe hopes to match ‘insider’s voice … with outsider’s frustration’

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 01, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe has built a reputation as a powerful force for moderation in Washington over the course of more than three decades in Congress. She has been a voice for and organizer of the chamber’s centrist members. Her votes on key issues have often broken with the Republican …
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe speaks with reporters at the Capitol after she delivered her farewell address. At left is Christopher Averill, Snowe's communications director, and behind her to the right is Scott Ogden, her deputy press secretary.

Maine’s political surprises of 2012

By Robert Long on Dec. 21, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | ’Tis the season to consider surprises. So instead of focusing on who keeps delivering those odd Secret Santa gifts, let’s shift into reflection mode to consider the political surprises of 2012. The biggest surprise is no surprise. When U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced in late February …
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, looks over the boxes of files packed for storage and moving in her offices in Washington, D.C. after she gave her farewell address to the Senate and the nation. Snowe is retiring after 34 years in Congress.

Iconic career in Congress comes to an end for Olympia Snowe

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 16, 2012, at 7:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Her decision to wear purple was not by design. She wasn’t trying to make a political fashion statement. It just worked out that way, she says. “No, you’re talking about being a purple state or something,” U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said on the day of her farewell …
Retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, accompanied by her husband, former Maine Gov. John "Jock" McKernan, Jr., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, after giving her farewell speech in the Senate chamber. Snowe said she remains hopeful that the Senate can overcome "excessive political polarization" to work together to reach consensus on important issues facing the nation.

Sen. Olympia Snowe urges return to Founding Fathers’ blueprint in farewell speech

By Robert Long on Dec. 13, 2012, at 11:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Describing herself as “thankful and blessed,“ Sen. Olympia Snowe reflected on four decades in elective office and shared her hope that the U.S. Senate will rediscover “the art of legislating” during a farewell address Thursday afternoon from the floor of the chamber where she served for the past …
Sen. Olympia Snowe R-Maine lays a holiday wreath over the grave of Lieutenant Edmund Sixtus Muskie at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington in December 2011, during Wreaths Across America Day.

Maine’s Worcester Wreaths set out for Arlington National Cemetery

The Associated Press on Dec. 09, 2012, at 8:41 a.m.
Thousands of Maine-made wreaths are beginning their journey to Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington and hundreds of other locations across the country and abroad. A convoy of trucks was departing Sunday morning from Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington with holiday greenery that will honor veterans at cemeteries and other locations. …
Sen. Olympia Snowe R-Maine lays a holiday wreath over the grave of Lieutenant Edmund Sixtus Muskie at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington in Dec 2011, during Wreaths Across America Day.

Worcester Wreaths convoy heading to Arlington cemetery

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on Dec. 08, 2012, at 12:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | What started with a Maine wreath maker’s simple gesture of shipping excess wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery two decades ago continues to grow with wreaths being shipped to more than 800 locations to honor the military’s fallen men and women this holiday season. A convoy of trucks …
Independent Senator-elect Angus King speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Freeport, Maine.

Collins, King to meet Tuesday to plan how they will work together in U.S. Senate

By Robert Long on Nov. 11, 2012, at 6:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, plans to meet Tuesday morning with independent Sen.-elect Angus King to discuss committee assignments and how they will collaborate to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate, according to Kevin Kelley, a spokesman for Collins. King won a six-person contest Tuesday to replace Sen. …
Election 2012 quick view
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora, in Aurora, Colo., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

More updates as Election Day nears for Mainers

By Matthew Stone and Robert Long on Nov. 05, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.
Poll reversal Although Gallup polling data since Oct. 1 show Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pulling ahead of President Barack Obama among likely voters nationally, at least two recent Gallup surveys offer good news for the incumbent Democratic president. A 10-point favorability measure released Thursday rated Obama at 62 percent …
The first trip of the Amtrak Downeaster's new passenger train service from Boston to Freeport and Brunswick arrives at Brunswick's Maine Street Station on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Hundreds of people were on-hand to see the train arrive.

Freeport, Brunswick welcome long-awaited passenger rail service to Boston

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 01, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.
Passenger train service that links Brunswick and Freeport with Boston and beyond commenced Thursday after decades of development and years of doubt from some who thought they would never see Amtrak north of Portland. Restrictions on the Amtrak Downeaster’s speed, track maintenance concerns, the construction of stations …
Maine Aero Services aviation technician Ben Doughty (left) explains his job to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (right) and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (center) on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at the Bangor International Airport. Snowe joined Raye on Monday as he campaigned for Mike Michaud's U.S. Congressional seat.

Olympia Snowe campaigns for Kevin Raye in Bangor, Lewiston

By Sun Journal on Oct. 22, 2012, at 7:12 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe is campaigning in Maine for her former longtime aide, Kevin Raye, in his bid for Congress. Raye is running as the Republican candidate against five-term incumbent Democrat Mike Michaud for the state’s 2nd Congressional District. “He is a consensus builder,” Snowe said of …
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe

State Chamber of Commerce honors Sen. Snowe for public service

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 05, 2012, at 8:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine State Chamber of Commerce honored U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe on Friday evening at its 2012 annual dinner for her years of public service. Sen. Snowe was presented with the Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes the contributions of an individual who …
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye at the end of a press conference in Portland in March 2012.

Retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe plans to release book in 2013

By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press on Sept. 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Sen. Olympia Snowe plans a few words about politics even after leaving office. The Maine Republican, who has cited Washington’s partisan atmosphere as the reason she is stepping down this year, has a deal with Weinstein Books for a publication due out in the spring. Weinstein is …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

Mike Michaud bill seeks permanent restoration of heating assistance funds

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 22, 2012, at 12:38 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud says he’s hoping Congress will approve a bill during the lame duck session after November’s election that would prevent low-income heating assistance funds in states like Maine from dropping below 2010 levels. Michaud said Friday he has introduced legislation to change the funding formula for the …