World — With a pivotal Senate race in November, conservatives are increasingly energized in what has for decades been one of the most liberal states in the nation.
Mary Adams’ political involvement in Maine began way back in 1973 when she left a school budget meeting bewildered over a new statewide property tax for education. Convinced that this should be a local issue, Adams, then a mother of two young children, launched a petition drive that after a lengthy fight led to the repeal of the tax.
“My daughter who was 5 when I started this had her ninth birthday the year the referendum passed,” Adams says. “That’s how long those things take. I was the person who picked up a stick and it ended up being the tail of a dragon.”
Adams is now helping lead a growing conservative and Tea Party presence in a state where many outsiders think conservatives are extinct. And as with her property tax activism 39 years ago, her efforts today are bearing fruit: Maine no longer reliably elects liberals and may send a conservative to the U.S. Senate in November.Continue Reading on www.worldmag.com