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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    You hope.


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    I don't hope. I'm just being realistic.
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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

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    I don't hope. I'm just being realistic.

    Well, the realistic analysis of Snowe's situation is that she is under fire from a TEA party challanger that she knows she can't beat...But good luck with that fantasy you have going on there, I really don't care. Any state that would keep a self described socialist in office term after term deserves what they get.

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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Well, the realistic analysis of Snowe's situation is that she is under fire from a TEA party challanger that she knows she can't beat...But good luck with that fantasy you have going on there, I really don't care. Any state that would keep a self described socialist in office term after term deserves what they get.

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    Well, we'll see. I've seen nothing to suggest Snowe would have lost to Scott D'amboise. I've also seen nothing to suggest D'amboise would win a statewide election against either of the popular Democratic representatives that are planning to run for her seat now that she's retiring. Maybe you're right, but I don't think it's likely.
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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

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    Well, we'll see. I've seen nothing to suggest Snowe would have lost to Scott D'amboise. I've also seen nothing to suggest D'amboise would win a statewide election against either of the popular Democratic representatives that are planning to run for her seat now that she's retiring. Maybe you're right, but I don't think it's likely.
    Well, if we lose Vermont, we'll just have to focus on the other some 23 plus Senate, and Congressional demo seats up for vote. One seat is not Armageddon.


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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

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    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP - The Washington Post

    Well, this is an interesting turn of events. She says it is because of increased partisan divide in the Senate, but it will put a wrench in the GOP's attempt to try and gain a majority in the Senate since Maine is a solidly blue state. However, it is safe to say this news came as a surprise.
    Good. She was not a Republican anyway.
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    Good. She was not a Republican anyway.
    One might argue that she is one of the last Republicans. But, I am not here to argue that. I am glad you are delighted, as are most Democrats. Its nice that we could find bi-partisan agreement.
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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    Is a For-Profit College Scandal The Real Reason Olympia Snowe Decided Not To Run? | Crooks and Liars

    Her husband is embroiled in a scandal about loans and for profit schools. Might have something to do with her retirement.

    Last August, while Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was in the midst of an intensive round of fundraising for her 2012 reelection bid, a four-year-old civil lawsuit alleging fraud by an education company in which she and her husband are heavily invested became public.

    Nationally, most of the coverage of Snowe's decision to drop her reelection bid has focused on the centrist Republican's frustration with the polarized politics on Capitol Hill. But in Maine, a few newspapers have speculated that her husband's legal entanglements had a role in Snowe's sudden and surprising decision, which left her with more than $3 million in her campaign coffers and her party without a Senate candidate less than three weeks before the filing deadline for Maine's June 12 primary.

    According to the senator's most recent financial disclosure form, she and her husband, former Maine Gov. John McKernan Jr., have investments worth between $2 million and $10 million in Education Management Corp., a Pittsburgh-based company that operates for-profit higher education institutions. McKernan is chairman of the board of directors of the company, now embroiled in a lawsuit in which the federal goverment, 11 states and the District of Columbia are seeking to recover a portion of the $11 billion in federal student aid that the education firm has received since July 2003.

    Originally filed in April 2007 by a pair of whistleblowers, the lawsuit alleges that the company violated a federal law that prohibits schools from paying admissions officers based on the number of students they recruit and enroll. [Note: This is one of the illegal practices I saw where I worked. I found out after that my company was previously cited for this and was operating under a federal compliance order. Didn't matter, they did what they wanted.] Those numbers can affect a school's revenues because more students mean a school is potentially eligible for more federal aid dollars. The whistleblowers alleged, and provided documents indicating, that they were paid bounties for the number of students they enrolled.

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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

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    And one more Democrat.
    Well, nevermind. It looks like Maine could have an independent.

    King, Pingree top candidates in Maine - Public Policy Polling
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