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Former Sen. Olympia Snowe at Bar Harbor library on June 27

Posted June 26, 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
MelRice | BDN
MelRice | BDN
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — Olympia Snowe – Maine’s longtime U.S. senator, former Congressman and former first lady – left office in January, but she’s back before the public with her book “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.”

She’ll be at the Jesup Memorial Library to discuss the book on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. Sherman’s Books, which is co-sponsor of the event, will be on hand with copies for sale and part of the proceeds from all books bought that day go to the Jesup.

An outspoken centrist, the Republican Snowe surprised constituents and colleagues alike when she announced she would not seek a fourth Senate term and went on to rebuke the Senate for dispiriting gridlock and polarization. In her book, she outlines her solution for those problems; they include biennial budgets, campaign finance and filibuster reform; and withholding senators’ salaries if they fail to pass a budget.

After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40 years, including 18 years in the Senate, she says Washington isn’t solving the big problems anymore. In “Fighting for Common Ground” she explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise.

Like all events at the Jesup, this one is free and open to all. For more information, call Melinda Rice at 207-801-8331 or e-mail mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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