Unrest growing in South Portland as political divide widens
Some frustrated residents say the City Council is unrelenting in its pursuit of costly progressive goals at a time when cash-strapped taxpayers fear they may have to leave the city.
The council is raising hackles with two proposals in particular: one is a tree protection ordinance that would be the most restrictive in Maine and require the city to hire additional staff to enforce it; the other is a $4.5 million bond issue on the November ballot that would be used to buy open space. Critics note that South Portland already has plenty of trees, here in the most forested state, and it already owns or manages 375 acres of parkland, far exceeding the national average of 245 acres among cities its size, according to the National Recreation and Park Association.
Pride said councilors support the proposed tree ordinance and the $4.5 million open space bond referendum because preserving trees and open space has been identified as a community goal to fight climate change.
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"Pennsylvania Disgusts Me The Most"
Seven minute interview with trend spotting data analyst who points out that Pennsylvania had an incredibly reliable predictor that Trump, who won the state in 2016, would win in 2020. That predictor is that between 2016 and 2020, Republican to Democrat new voter registrations ran 21 to 1 in Pennsylvania.
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2020 REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF STATE
236,888 Republican versus 10,466 Democrat changed voter registrations since 2016 (when Trump won the state of Pennsylvania) says it all.