Labor Day is an important time mark in any referendum cycle. It is about 2 months out from Election Day. Summer is winding down as we enter beautiful September and voters start to really focus on the issues before them. There will be a number of 'forums' in September, and probably several more in October. Letters to the editor action will be intense. Lewiston will hold their public hearing in September. The ballot language has been set, and in neither city will the voters see the word "merger" on the ballot. Strange, but this is how the political elite like to run their show in Lewiston and Auburn.
Here, at COLAC, we think the issues are clear. The cost savings, totally out of control of the Joint Charter Commission because a yet-to-be-elected City Council and Mayor will have final say, are way overblown. Transition costs are way under-stated. There will be no economic boon due to the merger. And we will have the same number of state senators and state reps driving up to Augusta in 2020 as we have in 2017 most likely.
This campaign will probably be the most lopsided money-wise in local history. COLAC barely has enough to buy signs, and we'd like to deploy more, the demand of the signs is soaring, but we are a grassroots campaign of the local citizenry, and we are in need of whatever people can donate. Give what you can, it won't be wasted.