Fineman to Speak at PLANET’s Legislative Day on the Hill Opening Session

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) has announced that Howard Fineman, Newsweek's chief political correspondent and Washington Bureau chief, will be the keynote speaker at its upcoming Legislative Day on the Hill event, July 23–25, 2006, in Washington, D.C. He will kick off the opening session before the issue briefings. The keynote event is sponsored by FMC.

As Newsweek's chief political correspondent, senior editor, and deputy Washington Bureau chief, Fineman leads the magazine's award-winning political coverage. He also is a news analyst for NBC and its cable networks, MSNBC, and CNBC, appearing regularly on Hardball with Chris Matthews and The News with Brian Williams, and reporting for The Today Show and Dateline. He is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning radio show, and his "Living Politics" column appears each week on and

Fineman has interviewed and written about every major presidential candidate since 1984, focusing in recent years on the roots, rise, and presidency of George W. Bush. While he has written dozens of campaign cover stories, his other covers have included the rise of the religious right; the power of talk radio; race and politics; the Pledge of Allegiance controversy; the impact of digital technology on society; and the influence of Hollywood on American politics. He has interviewed many business leaders—among them Bill Gates, Steve Case, Steve Ballmer, Robert Rubin and Ted Turner.

Legislative Day 2006 will provide green-industry professionals with an opportunity to unite as they convey their message and take a stand on Capitol Hill, presenting industry concerns and issues to their congressional representatives. Issues to be discussed range from H-2B and pesticide regulations to health care for associations.

The day before the Hill visits, Legislative Day participants are invited to volunteer their skills and/or equipment for the annual “Renewal & Remembrance” effort at Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Congressional Cemetery. This national community service project enables participants to honor America’s veterans and leaders, and provides positive recognition to their businesses and the industry. A gift to the American people, Renewal & Remembrance is valued at more than $150,000 in services and work.

To make your hotel reservation for these events, contact the Holiday Inn on the Hill at (202) 638-1616. For more information about Legislative Day on the Hill or Renewal & Remembrance, contact Betsy Demoret at (800) 395-2522 or visit the PLANET Web site,

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