Political Moderates Form Caucus 

Moderates seem to be a dying breed in politics. But centrist Republicans and Democrats in Maine are joining forces to make their voices heard and to bridge the gap on partisan issues in the state house.The moderate caucus, with at least 45 members, formed following the Republicans’ November takeover of the house, senate, and governor’s office. But the G.O.P. doesn’t have enough of a majority to guarantee a win on every issue.A moderate caucus organizer, Republican Representative Les Fossel, says the group is not out to take a stand on every issue, and will use its power carefully.