This was the headline on this morning's press release from Maine's Majority (the 61% people):
Maine's Majority members to deliver 7̶4̶ 73 pocket calculators to LePage and legislative Republicans
Turns out they were trying to be clever about the fact that Republican Senator Tom Saviello has sponsored a bill to raise taxes on wealthy Mainers, so he (the joke goes) doesn't need a pocket calculator.
As funeral music for the East-West Highway (see "Nails in the Coffin: Why the East-West Highway Will Never Be Built," by Lance Tapley), the Phoenix suggests that
opponents adopt as their anthem Maine's
most famous country-western song by the state's most famous country-western
singer, the immortal Dick Curless's "A Tombstone Every Mile."
Listen, everyone. We'll have more on the budget moving forward, I'm sure. I'm heading up to Augusta on Wednesday to attend the Maine People's Alliances lobby day and learn more about what various organizations are most concerned (and others are most pleased) about. There have been protests and rallies of various sizes several times over the past few days, with more to come.
Based on the platform approved over the weekend at the state's Republican convention, believers in the national GOP principles - including many of those espoused by the Tea Party - are thick on the ground here in Maine. Which is weird, because Maine has always been a state where Republicans have been less beholden to the national diatribe dialogue and more able to think for themselves.
Thanks to Mike Tipping over at Maine Politics for posting some audio of the gov's press conference about the budget (click to listen), and for name-checking Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley for asking interesting questions. (Some of the questions were along the lines of "Hey Guv: Stop Slashing!" from the January 2 issue.