MAINE: Religious Bus Ride

Most U.S. clergymen jump at an invitation to deliver the invocation or benediction at a major party's state political convention. But last week, in search of a Roman Catholic priest to share religious honors at the Republican convention late this month, Maine's Republican leaders tried seven priests, got seven turndowns. Both church and state knew why: at the legislature's special session in January, the G.O.P. majority in both houses defeated a drive by the Democratic minority to change the state school law, allow local communities the option of providing public-school bus service...

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