A private commission to study election reform headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker meets in Washington today for the first of two public hearings. Other members include: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel, former Reps. Lee Hamilton and Susan Molinari. Our favorite election expert, Doug Chapin, is the research director. A final report is due in September.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich headlines a New Hampshire Republican State Committee fundraiser in Bedford, NH.
The National Rifle Association's 76-member board of directors is scheduled to elect Susan Froman, currently the NRA's first vice president, its new president.
The AFL-CIO's building trades kick off their annual convention in Washington. Among the speakers today: Sens. Harry Reid and Joe Biden. DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks on Wednesday.
The Radio Television News Directors Association convention begins in Las Vegas, NV. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks there on Wednesday.
And tonight, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani hosts a fundraiser for South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster on Hilton Head Island. We wonder what the status of that tsunami money is . . .
On Tuesday, President delivers remarks at the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln President Library in Springfield, IL. The RNC's Mehlman is in Florida for a finance event and a "conversation with the community"; he'll deliver remarks to Miami-area Hispanic and Catholic leaders.
On Wednesday, President Bush will sign the bankruptcy bill (S. 256) in the EEOB. Stanford University and the Economist co-sponsor a conference on legislation values, with Sen. Joe Lieberman as a speaker.
The President will celebrate Earth Day on Friday in Tennessee by participating in a service event and making remarks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Townsend, TN. Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove speaks at the 21st Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner at Ashland University in Ohio.
Also Thursday, EMILY's List, which announces today that Ellen Moran will be its new executive director, begins its Majority Conference in Washington, D.C. And the FEC holds an open meeting.
President Bush is at the ranch in Crawford from Friday evening until Tuesday. (He meets with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Monday April 25.) Also Friday, the Republican National Lawyers Convention meets in Washington, DC, Sen. Joseph Biden keynotes the South Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Columbia; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is the special guest at the Republican Party of New Mexico's Annual Lincoln Day dinner in Albuquerque. Social conservative activists gather in Atlanta, GA for the annual Restore America rally.
A well-placed source says that, as early as today, CNN will announce that John "the King of Pebble Beach" King, will be leaving the helm of the cable net's White House unit to become an "Ubercorrespondent" for the network, a roaming linebacker who can run to whatever hot spot he's needed. As has been reported elsewhere, King doesn't like his slimmed-down butt in an anchor chair for too long. That means that the CNN White House Unit on-air line-up of Suzanne Malveaux, Dana Bash, and Elaine Quijano will become what some media historians see as the first all-women White House correspondent team in the history of television.