Fighting for Common Ground by Olympia Snowe audiobook

Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress

By Olympia Snowe
Read by Pam Ward

Blackstone Publishing 9781602862173
10.14 Hours Unabridged
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An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washingtonin February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term andoffered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock andpolarization. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federallevels for forty years, including eighteen years in the US Senate, sheexplained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore. In this timely call to action, she explores the roots ofher belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leadingmoderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, Senator Snowe proposessolutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably througha citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable. Senator Snowe recounts how the tragedies and triumphs ofher personal story helped shape her political approach. Born in Augusta, Maine,Senator Snowe was orphaned at nine and raised by an aunt and uncle. When shewas twenty-six, her husband, a Maine state representative, was killed in a caraccident. Already dedicated to public service, she ran for and won herhusband’s seat. Fighting for CommonGround includes anecdotes from throughout Snowe’s career and addresses herworking relationships with Presidents Reagan through Obama, Senator TedKennedy, Majority Leader Bob Dole, and many others. As a senior member of thepowerful Senate Finance Committee, the high-profile Commerce and IntelligenceCommittees, and the Small Business Committee, Senator Snowe has beendirectly involved with the most talked-about legislative challenges of recentdecades: the country’s response to 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, theAffordable Care Act, the debt ceiling debacle, and much more. Drawing on the lessons she’s learned as a policymaker and thefrustration she shares with the American people about the government’sdwindling productivity, Senator Snowe passionately argues that the governmenthas now lost its way, shows how this happened, and proposes ways for the world’sgreatest deliberative body to once again fulfill its mission.

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Summary

Summary

An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washingtonin February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term andoffered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock andpolarization. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federallevels for forty years, including eighteen years in the US Senate, sheexplained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore.

In this timely call to action, she explores the roots ofher belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leadingmoderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, Senator Snowe proposessolutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably througha citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable.

Senator Snowe recounts how the tragedies and triumphs ofher personal story helped shape her political approach. Born in Augusta, Maine,Senator Snowe was orphaned at nine and raised by an aunt and uncle. When shewas twenty-six, her husband, a Maine state representative, was killed in a caraccident. Already dedicated to public service, she ran for and won herhusband’s seat.

Fighting for CommonGround includes anecdotes from throughout Snowe’s career and addresses herworking relationships with Presidents Reagan through Obama, Senator TedKennedy, Majority Leader Bob Dole, and many others. As a senior member of thepowerful Senate Finance Committee, the high-profile Commerce and IntelligenceCommittees, and the Small Business Committee, Senator Snowe has beendirectly involved with the most talked-about legislative challenges of recentdecades: the country’s response to 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, theAffordable Care Act, the debt ceiling debacle, and much more.

Drawing on the lessons she’s learned as a policymaker and thefrustration she shares with the American people about the government’sdwindling productivity, Senator Snowe passionately argues that the governmenthas now lost its way, shows how this happened, and proposes ways for the world’sgreatest deliberative body to once again fulfill its mission.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Known for working across party lines in her eighteen years in the US Senate, Republican Snowe, from Maine, felt driven from the legislative body by acrimonious partisanship and declined to run for reelection in 2012…In this heartfelt call to action, she details the cost to the American public of a Congress so polarized that it passes record low numbers of laws and can’t agree on a budget…Snowe offers a passionate plea to Americans to insist on changes in the Senate, including filibuster reform, biennial budgeting, and a five-day workweek for Congress.” Booklist
“Olympia Snowe has left the Senate, but thank goodness, she hasn’t left the fight. After decades of leadership as a force for moderation and common sense in Washington, she now raises a banner as a private citizen in this well-argued, compelling account of what’s gone wrong in politics—and what can be done. It is especially refreshing to hear the perspective of an admired, moderate Republican who has always put country first.” David Gergen, director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership
“Part autobiography and part political call to arms, this is a compelling encapsulation of a long life dedicated to public service… Ward’s perfect pacing keeps the narrative flowing whether dealing with the high dudgeon of the early days of women in Congress or detailing vital but sometimes stultifying discussions of budgets, committee meetings, and cloakroom battles. Ward’s vocal power also highlights what we can infer from Snowe’s chronicle of a government lost in the desert.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Olympia Snowe

Author Bio: Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe was born in Augusta, Maine, in 1947 and earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine in 1969. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in American history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first to also serve in both houses of a state legislature. When first elected to Congress in 1978 at the age of thirty-one, Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than any other person since World War II and is now the third-longest serving female in the history of Congress. Snowe is married to former Maine governor John R. McKernan, Jr., and lives in Falmouth, Maine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 10.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English