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LePage vs. Big Bird

This week at Down East, I discussed the changing tone of the audiences at LePage's town hall meetings. What once were supportive crowds are now turning a bit more hostile to the governor and his policies.

I neglected to mention my favorite quote from LePage's most recent town hall, via the BDN:

“I absolutely believe the federal government should put people ahead of eagles,” LePage said. “We have gotten to a point in our society where humans don’t count and I think that’s unfortunate. I’m a big believer that people pay taxes and eagles don’t.”

61%ers Organize Against LePage

Today at Down East I take a look at the creators of and strategy behind the 61% movement, which is quickly gaining ground on Facebook.

The name of the group is a reference to a low-ball estimate of the percentage of voters who cast a ballot for a candidate other than Governor Paul LePage in the last election.

In addition to what I mention about him in the post, it's interesting to note that 61% co-founder Chris Korzen has also written a book about Catholicism in politics and has had the honor of being singled out for attack by none other than Ann Coulter.