N.C. is key state for GOP

April 9, 2002 

If you think President Bush has been in North Carolina a lot recently, you are right. The president has visited Fort Bragg, Charlotte and Winston-Salem during the past six weeks.

Tracking the president's public appearances this year, The New York Times found that Bush had visited North Carolina as much as any state. Bush also made three trips to Pennsylvania and to Florida, where his brother Jeb is governor.

The White House considers North Carolina a key state in its efforts to regain control of the U.S. Senate. The White House helped recruit Republican Elizabeth Dole into the race to replace Sen. Jesse Helms.

Breaux to visit Raleigh

The Democrats may no longer occupy the White House, but that doesn't mean they don't have some big guns in Washington. Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana will be the headliner at the Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner next month in Raleigh.

Breaux, a moderate Democrat, is regarded as one of the most influential members of Congress and is a top lieutenant of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

The $100-per-plate dinner will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 at the North Raleigh Hilton. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The combined cost of the reception and dinner is $250 per person.

Speaking at the breakfast, sponsored by the Democratic Women of Wake County, will be Ann Lewis, former counsel to President Clinton. For more information call 821-2777.

Girl Scouts and Dole

Elizabeth Dole was honored this month in Washington by the Girl Scouts of the USA as one of 10 "National Women of Distinction" and for serving as a role models to girls.

The Republican Senate candidate was active in Girl Scouts when she was growing up in Salisbury.

Democrats and Perdue

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue has been honored as national Democrat of the week by the Democratic Leadership Council, a group that has pushed the party to become more centrist. Perdue was recognized for her work on education, worker retraining and prescription drugs for the elderly.

John Locke and Coble

Former Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble and former U.S. Attorney Tom Ashcraft will be honored for their public service tonight by the John Locke Foundation dinner at the North Raleigh Hilton.

Coble will receive the James Knox Polk Award for Leadership in Public Office for his working in reducing taxes, protecting private property rights and promoting efficiency in government.

The speaker at the dinner will be Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, a Washington-based publication, and a frequent television commentator. For more information call 828-3876.

By staff writer Rob Christensen, who can be reached at 829-4532 or robc@newsobserver.com.

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