- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2001

Harris poll
We're told that Ben McKay and Dan Berger, chief political strategists for Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who is weighing a run for Congress in 2002, have paid a visit to the National Republican Congressional Committee on Capitol Hill, where they have interviewed prospective campaign staff, consultants and vendors.
Mrs. Harris made history certifying President Bush's narrow margin of victory in Florida, but not before surviving a wild and crazy ride in the national spotlight.

Party worker
Former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairwoman Ida Castro is teaming up with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. She will become director of the DNC's new Women's Vote Center.
The women's center is the Democrats' much-touted initiative to engage and mobilize women voters across the nation. And apart from being one, Miss Castro certainly knows women's issues.
Prior to joining the EEOC, she headed the women's bureau at the Labor Department under President Clinton. And as a labor lawyer prior to her appointment in the Clinton administration, she lobbied Congress for abortion rights.

Stewards of justice
The environment is expanding beyond the great outdoors under the watch of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman.
Mrs. Whitman has issued a memo to her staff calling attention to "environmental justice," which she wants integrated into all of the EPA's programs, policies and activities.
"The agency defines environmental justice to mean the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and policies, and their meaningful involvement in the decision-making processes of the government," says the EPA chief.

Enough is enough
Lord John Taylor, Lord Taylor of Warwick in Britain's House of Lords, tells Inside the Beltway that, politically speaking, Rep. Gary A. Condit wouldn't have survived this long were he serving in the British House.
Mr. Taylor opined that a British lawmaker in the same position as the embattled California Democrat, who is linked to missing former intern Chandra Levy, would certainly have resigned by now. If not, he says, he would be forced out by fellow members, "if for no other reason because he would not be able to fully perform his duties given the turmoil and publicity."
Mr. Taylor is Britain's first black conservative member of the House of Lords, and spent the past week vacationing in Washington. He picked a good month to visit, as Capitol Hill's politicians are on vacation themselves.

Still flying
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta yesterday said he was pleased to help celebrate the Air Line Pilots Association's 70th anniversary, noting he too was born in 1931 and was celebrating his 70th anniversary.

Had their fill
The moral of this story is you can't take your pie to the sky.
The Washington-based Foundation Watch, a tracker of philanthropy, is mightily impressed that the nation's two premier pizza guys, Herman Cain and Thomas Monaghan, are giving away large chunks of their pie — devoting substantial sums of their wealth to a variety of educational, religious and professional causes.
Mr. Cain, who is black and has endured racial discrimination growing up in the South, later would become the owner, president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Now out of the pie business, he prefers giving his money to charity, motivational speaking and recording gospel songs.
Thomas Monaghan purchased Dominick's pizza shop in Michigan for less than $1,000 in 1960. Forty years later, he sold Domino's Pizza for nearly $1 billion.
Notes Foundation Watch: "Now virtually a billionaire, Monaghan's new dream is to die broke — by giving away much of his wealth to an array of charitable causes."

Badge for humor
A scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America wrote to us yesterday after he had read our limerick about civil rights advocacy groups' persistent pursuit of Scouts to suppress their squareness and soften their laws — to the extent of awarding badges of merit for AIDS awareness.
"Thanks for the limerick," says Peter Kuck. "As a scoutmaster, we need more humor in the current situation. We need to show the ridiculousness of those attacking us."

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