September 21, 2012 |
It's an election year and many senators are out campaigning their hearts out, but not every U.S. senator is up for reelection this year. Those who aren't on the campaign trail have plenty of time to do things like film cameos on "Parks and Recreation. " In the NBC comedy's fifth season premiere on Thursday night, Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope traveled from small town Pawnee, Ind., to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and met some real-life politicians. California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe and Arizona Sen. John McCain all made brief appearances on the comedy, with McCain reiterating the comedic chops he practiced during his guest spot on "Saturday Night Live" back in 2008.
August 23, 2012 |
RANGELEY, Maine - The man who may tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate next year was being introduced to the runner-up champion moose caller. This being Maine, the two had met before. Angus King has off-the-charts name recognition in the state, largely positive, from two terms as governor to which he was elected during the economically robust 1990s. Now, in the race to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, that familiarity has made him the front-runner.
March 8, 2012 |
MassachusettsSen. Scott Brownhas picked up the endorsement of outgoingSen. Olympia Snowe, the Republican senator from Maine who last week scolded the chamber for becoming a “parrallel universe” of extreme partisanship. The endorsement from Snowe, known as one of the Senate's last moderates, could help Brown in his effort to win reelection nearly three years after he swept into office on the tea party wave. Anticipating a challenge from consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, Brown has been campaigning as “an independent voice.” In her endorsement statement, Snowe echoed the slogan, praising Brown for his “independent spirit and bipartisan outlook.” “Like me, he approaches each issue with an open mind and is always willing to reach across the aisle to build bridges and find common ground,” Snowe said in a statement posted to Brown's campaign website.
February 28, 2012 |
Olympia Snowe, one of the Senate's few remaining moderate Republicans, announced Tuesday that she will not seek a fourth term in 2012. The 65-year-old, who had also served in the House for eight terms, said she came to the decision in part after reflecting on the increasingly rancorous climate in Washington. "I am a fighter at heart, and I am well prepared for the electoral battle," she said in a statement. "Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term.
November 13, 2011 |
In her solo show "The Night Watcher," Charlayne Woodard talks for nearly two hours, sharing stories about her heartfelt relationships with other people's children. In "Vigil," Morris Panych's 1995 dark comedy, Olympia Dukakis utters but 12 lines during her nearly two hours onstage as an elderly recluse visited by a loquacious loser. Dukakis, a supporting actress Oscar winner for "Moonstruck," and Woodard, a Tony nominee for "Ain't Misbehavin'," sat down with The Times in a downtown rehearsal room recently to discuss their plays, both of which are being presented by the Center Theatre Group.
July 13, 2010 |
Two key senators' support Monday for the sweeping overhaul of financial regulations gave Democratic leaders the votes they need for final approval this week, paving the way for President Obama to sign the landmark legislation into law. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, among a handful of Republicans who voted for the Senate's version of the legislation, said they would vote for the bill. They had balked last month at revisions made by a joint House-Senate conference committee to fund the bill's $19-billion cost over the next 10 years.