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Former Sen. Olympia Snowe At Chats With Champions July 29

Skidompha Library's Chats with Champions series and The Maine Coast Book Shop invite the public to hear former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe on Monday afternoon, July 29, at 4 p.m.

By special arrangement the venue for this program is the Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta. Please allow sufficient time to find parking.

The political world was stunned in 2012 when Sen. Snowe announced she would not seek a fourth term, citing the excessive partisanship of the Senate in Washington, D.C.

Dispirited by gridlock and polarization, she explained that Washington wasn't solving the big problems anymore.

Known for her ability to work across party lines to forge compromises for the good of the nation, Sen. Snowe offers a candid appraisal of the broken political system and what can, and must, be done to fix it in her new book, "Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress."

She also pulls back the curtain on the highlights - and low-lights - of her career, her evolution as a legislator, and her remarkable life.

"What motivated me to dedicate myself to public service for nearly two-thirds of my life was the chance to produce results for those people who entrusted me to be their voice and their champion," she writes.

"I found it exceedingly frustrating that an atmosphere of polarization and my-way-or-the-highway ideologies had become pervasive in our governing institutions, compromising our ability to solve problems at what was a time of monumental challenge for our nation."

Snowe's story is filled with trials and setbacks but also perseverance and success, which molded her into the dedicated lawmaker and advocate she is today.

Born in Augusta to a Greek immigrant father and first generation American mother - both of whom were restaurant workers - Sen. Snowe was orphaned at the age of nine.

She attended a school in New York run by the Greek Orthodox Church for children in need where she had her first taste of independence, often navigating trains solo between the school, New York City, and her aunt and uncle's home in Maine.

She graduated from the University of Maine, where she studied political science. After her husband, a state legislator, was killed in an automobile accident when she was 26, she ran for his seat, and thus began her remarkable political career serving in both the Maine House and Senate and in the U.S. House and U.S Senate, where she acquired a reputation for being hard-working and committed to seeking bipartisan solutions to even the most politically volatile issues.

Senator Snowe has been at the center of some of the most important political moments of the times. In "Fighting For Common Ground" she offers an insider's perspective on health care reform, the debt ceiling crisis, the Bush tax cuts, 9/11, women's rights, the Clinton impeachment, and the financial crisis of 2008, among other hot-button issues.

She also offers a number of real solutions to America's political gridlock, including steps that should be undertaken to change Senate rules and congressional procedures, and those that should be taken to enact campaign finance and political reform.

Today she leads a political action committee, Olympia's List (OlympiasList.org), to further the goal of a truly bipartisan, productive Congress.

Despite having seen the worst that Congress has to offer, Senator Snowe hasn't lost hope that it can rise to once again be the greatest deliberative body in the world.

By holding Congress and the White House accountable, by tackling real campaign finance reform, by building grassroots movements to reward consensus-building, and by actively engaging young people in the legislative system, Snowe believes that the American people can once again put their faith in the government officials they elect.

Don't miss this opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Following the presentation, Sen. Snowe will sign copies of "Fighting For Common Ground" at Maine Coast Book Shop.

Attendees who pre-purchase copies of the book at Maine Coast Book Shop will receive a 20 percent discount and reserved seating for the event.

The Chats series is sponsored by The First, 223 Main St., Damariscotta, a community bank that has grown to serve customers at sixteen branches along Maine's coast.

Chats with Champions is a free community offering from the national award winning Skidompha Public Library. For more information call 563-5513.



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