Former senator seeks “activist middle”

BAR HARBOR — Partisan gridlock in Congress drove one veteran moderate senator, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to seek a new way to change the culture of Washington D.C. – from the outside.

Sen. Snowe, whose career in public service spans 40 years, from serving in the Maine Legislature to the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually senate, announced her departure from public office to a stunned state last fall. She left office in January, becoming a senior fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center and launching Olympia’s List, an organization dedicated to supporting candidates willing “to put the country ahead of politics.”

Through her work with the Bipartisan Center, Sen. Snowe is criss-crossing the country urging citizens to become activists to support and elect politicians that will put the nation’s business first.

Learn more about Sen. Snowe’s efforts at

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Earl Brechlin

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Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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