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Tomorrow: Former Senator Olympia Snowe and BPC President Jason Grumet to Talk Political Reform at Harvard Law School as Midterm Elections Near

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 30, former Senator Olympia Snowe, co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform and BPC president Jason Grumet, author of a new book City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy will participate in a Harvard Law School discussion on how to get government working more effectively and engage more Americans in the political process.

With just days until voters head to the polls in the closely-watched midterm elections, public approval of Congress remains at an all-time low and the frustration among voters over the partisan polarization in Congress is mounting. These dynamic leaders will discuss the causes of today’s political dysfunction and the commission’s bipartisan solutions to get government working more effectively.

The commission, comprised of 29 civic leaders and former elected officials, recently released 65 electoral, congressional and public service reforms in a report titled Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy. The commission’s recommendations include:

  • Implementing a single national primary date
  • Utilizing bipartisan redistricting commissions
  • Instituting five-day congressional work weeks
  • Committing to one year of public service

Media wishing to attend the event or request an interview should contact Jordan LaPier at [email protected] or (309) 838-2392.


Former Senator Olympia Snowe, BPC Senior Fellow; Co-chair, BPC Commission on Political Reform
Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center


Discussion on Political Reform at Harvard Law School


Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 – 6:00 PM ET


Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA