JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN’S STATUE in Brunswick is decorated with balloons and a sign thanking Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, for his opposition to the recent GOP tax bill. Local opponents to the bill gathered at the Joshua Chamberlain statue on Maine Street, hoping to greet King, a Brunswick resident, when he returned from Washington, D.C. But with the Senate voting late on a budget resolution, King didn’t make the flight in time for the surprise thank you party. King’s wife, Mary J. Herman, came to the event and received an oversized card, red, white and blue flowers. “Senator King makes us proud,” said Sarah Laurence, of Brunswick. “We know the tax bill is bad for Maine, all the information out there confirms that, but he’s doing a great job standing up for our state. We really need his voice in the Senate.”

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