ONE FOR NANCY REA­GAN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

In the typ­i­cal whirl­wind of leg­is­la­tion comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was in­tro­duced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can sim­ply pro­poses that Grav­elly Point Park — lo­cated on the Po­tomac River at the foot of the main run­way at Ron­ald Rea­gan Washington Na­tional Air­port — be re­named Nancy Rea­gan Memo­rial Park. It is a pe­tite, scenic and unique park. Air­craft thun­der di­rectly over­head, fam­i­lies pic­nic, and the grand mar­ble mon­u­ments gleam across the river.

“Like her hus­band, Mrs. Rea­gan in­vested in peo­ple and worked dili­gently to strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties and ad­vance the Amer­i­can dream for our cit­i­zens. She cham­pi­oned veter­ans, es­pe­cially our he­roes who were re­turn­ing home af­ter wartime, and spear­headed the Just Say No cam­paign to com­bat the use of recre­ational drugs,” notes Mr. Hice. “Mrs. Rea­gan was the em­bod­i­ment of grace, el­e­gance, and tenac­ity and put duty, honor, and coun­try above all.”

The leg­is­la­tion has an out­spo­ken cham­pion. Grover Norquist, pres­i­dent of Amer­i­cans for Tax Re­form, is a par­tic­u­lar fan of the idea, and no won­der. He also founded the Ron­ald Rea­gan Legacy Project in 1997, an ef­fort which en­cour­ages the nam­ing of build­ings, roads, land­marks, and schools af­ter the late pres­i­dent. Mr. Norquist has sent a for­mal let­ter of sup­port to Mr. Hice for the bill, and fired up a pub­lic pe­ti­tion at StandUnited. org

“Mrs. Rea­gan led a life ded­i­cated to ser­vice and char­ity. Known for her pas­sion for fight­ing al­co­hol and drug abuse, she has touched many lives, and her legacy will con­tinue to in­spire gen­er­a­tions to come,” the pe­ti­tion states, not­ing that a num­ber of pub­lic places have been named for first ladies. In­deed, Lady Bird John­son Park is just up the park­way from Grav­elly Point, and is now a part of the Na­tional Park Sys­tem. It’s a per­sonal thing as well. “It is time to honor Nancy Rea­gan by re­nam­ing Grav­elly Point, the park right next to Rea­gan air­port. Nancy and Ron­ald Rea­gan will be side by side for­ever, here in the East as they are al­ready in Cal­i­for­nia,” Mr. Norquist tells In­side the Belt­way.

“Only 18 per­cent of Clin­ton’s cov­er­age was spent dis­cussing sim­i­lar con­tro­ver­sies, as net­work re­porters paid scant at­ten­tion to sto­ries that would have gar­nered far more air­time had Trump been in­volved,” Mr. Noyes stated. en­joys “the best-staffed, most wide-reach­ing, and most data-driven ground game” in his­tory. A record-break­ing num­ber of Repub­li­can vot­ers have also turned out for the pri­maries in re­cent months.

“We’ve had a 148-week head start on Hil­lary Clin­ton and the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, who are only now as­sem­bling a gen­eral elec­tion ground game. With nearly 500 paid staffers in the field, thou­sands of heav­ily-trained or­ga­niz­ers ready to share our Repub­li­can mes­sage, we’ve never been bet­ter pre­pared to en­gage vot­ers and boost turnout in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year,” Mr. Priebus adds.

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