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Last-minute push by Dole to win GOP support for UN disability treaty fails

Elizabeth Dole was in Washington on Tuesday with her husband, Bob Dole, who was trying to convince GOP senators to adopt a treaty that promotes the rights of people who are disabled.

Dole's effort had no effect. The measure ended up short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a foreign treaty.

Doles open Watergate home for McCrory fundraiser

Former U.S. Sens. Bob and Elizabeth Dole hosted a fundraiser at their home last night for Republican Pat McCrory, reports Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer.

The Doles hosted the former Charlotte mayor at their condo in the Watergate in D.C., allowing McCrory to tap into some Washington donors.

McCrory is an unannounced candidate for governor, hoping for a rematch of his 2008 race against Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.

The cost of Tuesday's reception: $4,000 a couple or $2,500 per individual.

"A lot (of people) have been invited, I'm just looking forward to seeing a lot of good friends," said Elizabeth Dole. "Pat is ... a very articulate guy with a good message."
 

Burr won't hold up Walker nomination

While Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan says she is unsure whether she'll hold up the confirmation of a new U.S. attorney for North Carolina's eastern district, Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has no plans to hold up the process.

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Charlotte lawyer Thomas Walker to replace U.S. Attorney George Holding.

Burr plans to sign the "blue slip" form on Walker for the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to move ahead with the process, said his spokesman, David Ward.

Walker is a lawyer for the Charlotte office of Alston & Bird, the same firm that in Washington employs former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, the husband of former Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina.

Holding is in the midst of investigations into two prominent North Carolina Democrats, former Gov. Mike Easley and two-time presidential hopeful John Edwards.

Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, recommended Walker to the White House, but she also wants Holding to be able to finish his investigations.

She said this week she had not considered whether to delay returning her blue slip, which would have the effect of holding up Walker's confirmation.

U.S. Attorney will look for new charges

CHARGE ON: U.S. Attorney George Holding, saying he believes it is "outrageous" that the state overlooked laws requiring it to release 20 violent offenders with life sentences, said he will look for federal charges that could keep the inmates behind bars. (N&O)

NOT BORED: A year after losing re-election, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole spends her days working through her foundation and caring for her ailing husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. (N&O)

AFFAIR TO REMEMBER? The head of the highway patrol, who is charged with ending a string of sexual misconduct cases involving troopers, had an extra-marital affair in 1987. Commander Randy Glover says he has paid his dues and corrected his 20-year-old mistakes. (N&O)

Dole: I'm not retired yet

Elizabeth Dole isn't slowing down.

North Carolina's former Republican senator was in Charlotte this morning for a fundraiser for two groups associated with Mike Huckabee, the former and possibly future GOP presidential candidate, Jim Morrill reports.

Dole said she sandwiched the appearance between a morning stop at Charlotte's Loaves & Fishes food bank and afternoon visits to the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Thompson's Children's Home. She said she supports them all through the Elizabeth Dole Charitable Foundation.

On her way out, Dole, who turns 73 next month, was asked if she's enjoying retirement.

"Not retirement, no," she bristled. "Catching up on my life."

More after the jump.

Quick Hits

* A Facebook group backing Cal Cunningham for Senate now has more members than one for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

* Former Republican Congressional candidate Will Breazeale says he's ready for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who beat him 68-32 percent.

* Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole joins husband Bob and other VIPs at 65th anniversary of D-Day event in France.

* U.S. Sen. Richard Burr criticizes CNN for report on flavored "smokeless products," receives criticism from liberal blogger. 

No deal for Doles on diet plan

Pepsi and Viagra: Yes. NutriSystem: No.

Former Sen. Bob Dole may have endorsed a soft drink and a prescription drug, but he and his wife Elizabeth are not hawking a diet plan.

Mrs. Dole, a former North Carolina senator, mentioned at a lecture Sunday that the couple was going on the NutriSystem diet plan, which has had former NFL coach Don Shula and Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle as celebrity spokespeople.

But a representative of NutriSystem said the Doles are not getting paid.

"NutriSystem doesn't have any plans to sign them up as spokespeople, but we're thrilled that they're going on the program," spokeswoman Regan Preston told Dome.

E. Dole remembers Jack Kemp

Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole remembered Jack Kemp Sunday.

Speaking with her husband Bob at a lecture at the University of Kansas, Dole told a crowd of between 500 and 1,000 students that the former Congressman was full of energy and enthusiasm when he helped her campaign in North Carolina.

"Jack believed in what he was doing with all his heart," she said, according to the Topeka Capital Journal. "He will be truly missed."

Kemp, a former Congressman who was Bob Dole's vice presidential pick, died of cancer Saturday. In October, he campaigned on a bus tour for Elizabeth Dole's re-election with Sen. Richard Burr in five mountain counties.

She also said she was disappointed with Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to switch parties and with the recent tone in Washington.

"In recent years, it's become much more raucous," she said, according to KTKA TV. "You feel like it's almost combat now. I do think we have to work hard at getting that civility back."

Dole added that she and her husband also plan to go on the NutriSystem diet plan.

Dome Memo: Good news, bad news

HEALTHY CHOICE? The State Health Plan will stay afloat. After much deliberation, the state House and Senate agreed to fixes that will keep the health insurance plan for state workers and teachers in the black. No one was really happy about the final plan, but both chambers agreed it was only a short-term solution.

BLEAKER NEWS: Former Gov. Mike Easley revealed a new defense in the case of his son's SUV. In filings with the State Board of Elections, Easley's lawyer argued that the SUV was a campaign vehicle in 2003. Meantime, it was revealed that the Robert Bleecker's car dealership paid taxes on the car during that time.

VERN MALONE: Four-term Democratic state Sen. Vern Malone died last weekend. A school board member and county commissioner, he had played a key role in merging the Wake County and Raleigh school systems. A funeral was held Thursday, by which time jockeying had already begun to fill his seat in the state Senate.

IN OTHER NEWS: Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski gave President Obama leadership advice, but admitted he was right about the NCAA championship. ... Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will join her husband Bob for a speech in Kansas. ... U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband, meantime, is suing the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority. ... Forget about offshore drilling. The new talk in energy circles is offshore wind farms, and North Carolina could see some under new federal rules.

Doles to speak in Kansas

Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and her husband Bob will speak in Kansas.

The two former senators will give a rare joint interview on May 3 as part of an annual lecture at the University of Kansas.

"These two individuals have had independently extraordinary careers dedicated to public service," said Bill Lacy, director of the university's Dole Institute of Politics in a statement. "Yet together, the Doles’ successes are even more remarkable."

The title of the lecture is "Unlimited Partners," also the name of a book written by the two during Bob's presidential run in 1996.

Bob Dole has given one of the lectures before, but the institute has been trying to get both of them to appear together. The lecture series commemorate his recovery from wounds suffered in World War II.

The event is free and open to the public.

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