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November 6, 2012

Republicans lose a seat: Olympia Snowe replaced with independent

  • then Earlier this year, in a shock decision, Republican Olympia Snowe announced her retirement from the Senate, citing gridlock and the desire to help encourage moderates. “But as I enter a new chapter in my life,” she said at the time, “I see a critical need to engender public support for the political center, for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us.”
  • now Snowe’s replacement in the Senate will be none other than former Maine Gov. Angus King, who will become the Senate’s second independent. King, like Snowe, is a moderate, but he hasn’t said who he is more likely to caucus with, though both parties expect him to caucus with Democrats. Hopefully he doesn’t repeatedly get sucked into the gridlock like Snowe did. source
20:59 // 1 year ago
May 14, 2012
If, during the last month of the campaign I discover I have no realistic chance of winning, I will ask my supporters to vote their conscience or their second choice so the issue of spoiler can be dropped once and for all.
Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer • Pledging that, if he were to be in a losing battle for the presidency as the likely Americans Elect third-party candidate, he would drop out and ask his supporters to vote for someone else. Which is kind of a nice thing for him to do, considering the chances he’d screw up Obama’s re-election campaign are high — a Democrat-turned-Republican, Roemer’s just moderate enough that he might appeal to folks outside of the traditional Democrat-Republican prism. Like, for example, high-profile law-educator Lawrence Lessig, who suggests that even if he doesn’t spoil the election, “What he could spoil  is the conspiracy of silence that now reigns about the corruption of this system. That’s the kind of spoiling this nation needs.” source (viafollow)
11:08 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2012
10:17 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012
I do find it frustrating…that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.
Sen. Olympia Snowe • Discussing why she’s not seeking re-election in 2012. Snowe, a fairly popular figure in her home state of Maine, was considered a shoo-in to win, but now the seat is more likely to go to a Democrat. She found herself in the middle of the polarization wars more than a few times, as a moderate Republican who once voted in favor of Obama’s health care bill while it was still in committee (though she voted against the final bill). We’re not saying her decision isn’t bad for her party (especially since it comes roughly two weeks before the filing deadline in Maine, putting her party in a bad spot) … but we understand why she’s dropping out. Snowe joins fellow moderates Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the retirement column.
20:14 // 2 years ago
December 12, 2010

Akon: No Labels

(from No Labels)

When you have Akon on your side, you can do anything. But in all seriousness, it appears that our friends at No Labels are ready to break out a jam for the moderates. And who better to do it than a reformed ex-con who made good?

0:29 // 3 years ago