Mendros Struggles to Get Signatures
From the PPH:
The organizer is an anti-tax activist who doesn't even have the support of his own political party. No special-interest groups have lent a hand, and funds are in short supply.
Yet former state Rep. Stavros Mendros, a Republican from Lewiston, says at least 40,000 people have signed his petition to repeal part of the state budget.
What's resonating with many supporters - though it's only part of the proposal - is the chance to jettison Maine's new cigarette tax of $1 per pack. Signatures are being gathered at hundreds of convenience stores that sell tobacco products. [...]
The shoestring campaign still faces an uphill battle.
Organizers must submit 50,519 valid signatures by Sept. 16, just as the tax increase is due to take effect. But Mendros expects that many of the signatures will not be valid, so he hopes to gather at least 70,000.
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