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The power of a recycled Revolutionary War rallying cry reaches beyond the District. On May 19, in a commencement address at Connecticut’s Trinity College, a chagrined Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland told graduates how his own mother, incensed about his proposed 61-cents-per-pack cigarette-tax hike, had accused him of “taxation without representation.” Cerie Rowland, a chain-smoker who refers to cigarette users as an “oppressed minority,” used D.C.’s pet slogan to galvanize her bridge club to campaign publicly against the tax, landing herself on CNN in the process. Reached by phone, the elder Rowland says the borrowing was inadvertent. Wasn’t it also inaccurate? What’s to stop her from voting for a smoke-friendly governor? “I’m not going to vote my son out of office over a 61-cent tax,” she says. “Maybe we should get license plates like yours.” —Felix Gillette