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Hagan, Ryback to head Dems Western watchmacallit

The Democrats will gather in Asheville this weekend for their annual Western Gala, formerly known in less politically correct times as the Vance-Aycock Dinner.

Sen. Kay Hagan, who is facing reelection next year, will be the featured speaker at the $75- person dinner at the Grove Park Inn along with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback Jr., who vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

At the Women's Breakfast in the morning, Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is testing the waters for a possible gubernatorial bid, will be the speaker.

The ticket for the VIP reception is $250.

The dinner was started by Gov. Terry Sanford in the 1960 and for most of its history was named after two former governors Zeb Vance and Charles Brantley Aycock. But the name of the dinner was changed in recent years, as Democrats had second thoughts about Aycock's role in the white supremacy campaigns.

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