In most of Maine, voters might be surprised to discover the Green Independent Party still exists. After all, the Greens haven't run any credible candidates for major office recently, making them nearly as irrelevant as the Democrats. But in BRUNSWICK, liberalism is thriving, and the Greens and the Dems are engaged in a fierce battle to determine which party is most out of step with the rest of the state. This is a place where the chairman of the town's Republican committee (motto: If You Have An Empty Refrigerator Crate, We Could Use It For Our Meetings) had a sign supporting a Green House candidate on his lawn. This is a municipality where leftists threatened to boycott a bookstore for displaying a Democratic House hopeful's sign. This is a town that's earned the plaque for being "Almost As Entertaining As Portland, Even Without Any Drag Queens On The Ballot."
Speaking of signs, if one suddenly turns up in front of your house expressing views that are contrary to your own, be careful how you react. In Manchester, a business owner discovered posters opposing same-sex marriage stuck on her property. She took them down, because she had a policy of not taking sides in political races. Big mistake. State DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION spokesman Ted Talbot told the Morning Sentinel the only people authorized to remove such signs are the campaign that put them up and the property owner, and "if it is within the state right of way, the property owner is the DOT." If that's so, the department should be receptive to its Gaggie Award, which is the bill for property taxes and insurance on all the land it says it owns.
That's all we have time for this year, but we'll be sending Hayes Gahagan his usual honorarium for any damage done to his coiffure: a case of Rogaine.
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: Talking Politics
, Hayes Gahagan, Republican State Committee