8 ways you can help define a political center
Former Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine suggests that citizens engage with established groups that are already working for political common ground. Here are eight that she recommends.
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In her book, â€śFighting for Common Ground,â€ť Olympia Snowe, the former senator from Maine, writes that the â€śfastest wayâ€ť for citizens to push for compromise in Congress is to â€śsupport the efforts of existing national groupsâ€ť that advocate bipartisanship. She recommends the following eight organizations, urging people to â€śbrowse their websites, visit them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.â€ť Several of them invite direct citizen participation.
Bipartisan Policy CenterÂ is a think tank started by four former Republican and Democratic Senate majority leaders to research and advocate bipartisan solutions to national problems.
No Labels is a citizensâ€™ movement of Republicans, Democrats, and independents that promotes â€śthe politics of problem solving.â€ť It has organized a bipartisan group of members of Congress to meet regularly.
Republican Main Street PartnershipÂ is a group of â€śmain streamâ€ť fiscally conservative elected leaders and others promoting â€śpragmaticâ€ť and â€ścommon senseâ€ť solutions in government.
Third WayÂ is a progressive think tank that focuses on the â€śvital center,â€ť compromise, and moderate policy recommendations.Â
National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of ArizonaÂ was established shortly after the 2011 shooting in Tucson. It is a research and advocacy center focused on promoting civil discourse in politics and the media.
The Village SquareÂ is a local, nonpartisan public education forum â€“ not an advocacy group â€“ that promotes fact-based discussion of local, state, and national issues and is based in Tallahassee, Fla.Â
Olympiaâ€™s ListÂ is a committee founded by Ms. Snowe to support candidates who believe in â€śbuilding consensus.â€ťÂ
â€“ The Editors