July 26, 2013

LePage still riled over military recruiter-access bill

The governor says will reintroduce a bill to allow uniformed military recruiters access to schools, which opponents say is already allowed.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage continues to blast Democrats for rejecting legislation that would force schools to allow uniformed military recruiters the same access granted to other career recruiters.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage

LePage's remarks came Thursday after the Republican governor signed a proclamation making Saturday Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day.

LePage says the Vietnam War was probably the U.S.'s "most embarrassing war" in terms of its treatment of veterans. He says he hoped to "never see that again until recently it showed its ugly face" in Maine's Legislature.

Opponents say there's no evidence uniformed military recruiters are restricted in Maine schools.

The LePage administration has said recruiters have told them that Yarmouth, Portland and Sanford schools have limited access or not allowed them to appear in military uniforms.

School officials in all three districts have denied it.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick, who supported the bill, said in a statement that "it's a shame" LePage "continues to drag our men and women in military into this unnecessary political fight."

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