Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Group Sets Political Plans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Group Sets Political Plans

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It's an off year in politics, but there's plenty of political

activity on tap in the next few weeks.

It all starts this weekend in Atlanta, where the Christian

Coalition will hold a Road to Victory 97 conference and strategy

briefing. About 3,000 people are expected, including a

contingent of 20 from Jacksonville.

"Basically, we're getting organized for next year," said Max

Karrer, state chairman of the Christian Coalition in Florida and

a Jacksonville resident.

Next year in Florida, voters will elect a governor, six

Cabinet posts and 120 state House seats and 20 state Senate

seats. Also on the ballot will be Florida's 24 congressional

seats and one of its U.S. Senate seats.

In Jacksonville, the ballot will also include numerous

judicial posts and three Duval County School Board seats.

In addition to hearing from Christian Coalition leaders,

Republican congressional leaders and some potential GOP

presidential candidates, attendees will participate in

workshops on such topics as grassroots organizing, high-tech

activism, school choice, pro-life victories and defeating casino

gambling.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and House Budget

Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, are among the

congressional leaders who will address the conference. They'll

be joined by 1996 GOP presidential primary candidates and likely

2000 contenders Steve Forbes, Lamar Alexander, Alan Keyes, and

Jack Kemp, Bob Dole's running mate in 1996.

Also at the conference will be representatives of Americans

United for Separation of Church and State, a multifaith group

that opposes policies advocated by the Christian Coalition.

Rob Boston, the assistant director of communications for

Americans United, says the group will be in Atlanta to hold news

conferences to present another point of view. …

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