Nation: Wild Cards on the Ballots

Referendums on taxes, gay rights and smoking

Disc Jockey Dave Willlford suggested on radio station WBSM in New Bedford, Mass., that his listeners should march on city hall to protest recent increases in property taxes that in some cases amounted to 100%. Last week about 4,000 angry taxpayers mobbed the city's downtown for four hours, scrambling up scaffolding at the city hall, clambering on top of the mayor's limousine and waving signs reading DON'T PAY TAXES! Despite two arrests, the demonstrators refused to disperse until Mayor John Markey appeared at a second-floor window and...

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