Citing Ark. 'Prejudice,' First Lady Stands By Her State
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By Ryan Thornburg
Tuesday, August 11, 1998
The way First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton sees it, her husband's legal foes are motivated by anti-Arkansas bias. "I think a lot of this is prejudice against our state," she said in a telephone interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Monday. "They wouldn't do this if we were from some other state."
"He has no base except as an intellectual gadfly."
Democratic advisor Ted Van Dyke, on a potential Bill Bradley presidential bid. (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., Aug. 10)
When Mrs. Clinton last spoke out about allegations that her husband lied about having sex with a White House intern, she said it was a "vast right-wing conspiracy" that motivated the investigation.
First Lady Holding Up, Blasts Foes (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Aug. 11)
Special Report: Clinton Accused (washingtonpost.com)
New Finance Laws Govern Colorado Primaries
Today's primaries in Colorado mark the first campaign for party nominations regulated by new campaign finance laws that limit individual contributions to $1,000 and prohibit candidates from spending more than $2 million during the election overall. In the gubernatorial race, Democratic voters will choose between Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler and state Sen. Michael Feeley. State Treasurer Bill Owens and Senate president Tom Norton are dueling for the GOP nomination. In the U.S. Senate primary, Democrats will choose between state Rep. Gil Romero and Dottie Lamm.
Candidates Face Primary Showdown (Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Aug. 11)
Primary Election Today (The Daily Camera, Boulder, Aug. 11)
Key Race: Colorado Governor (washingtonpost.com)
Key Race: Colorado Senate (washingtonpost.com)
Clinton Talks Health Care, Ky. Politics at First Stop of 3-Day Tour
President Clinton promoted a Democratic health care bill Monday at a campaign stop for Rep. Scotty Baesler, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. Baesler has focused on health care in his bid against Rep. Jim Bunning (R) for the seat of retiring Sen. Wendell Ford. Clinton helped raise about $400,000 for Baesler before heading to California for more fund-raising.
Democrats' Plan Pushed at Fund-Raiser (Lexington Herald-Leader, Aug. 11)
Luncheon Means $400,000 for Baesler (Lexington Herald-Leader, Aug. 11)
Democrats Set Sights on McConnell (Lexington Herald-Leader, Aug. 11)
Lewinsky Case Polarizes President's Fans, Critics (Lexington Herald-Leader, Aug. 11)
Key Race: Kentucky Senate (washingtonpost.com)
California Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gray Davis will benefit from Clinton's stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Clinton will also announce new laws to inform consumers about regulated substances found in drinking water.
Clinton Announcing Plan On Consumer Water Safety (San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 11)
Florida Democrats Select Third House Leader in Eight Months
Tampa Democrat Les Miller became a symbol of unity among his racially divided state party when Florida Democrats selected him as their third state House leader in eight months. House Democrats opened the rift in January when they ousted black lawmaker Willie Logan as speaker designate and replaced him with white Rep. Anne Mackenzie, who has decided not to seek reelection.
House Democrats Select Tampa's Miller as Leader (St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 11)
Bradley's Friends Say a Presidential Bid Is Likely
After turning down presidential bids in 1988, 1992 and 1996, former senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) is likely to make a run for the White House in 2000, his friends say. Bradley will travel the country this fall on a national tour to promote his new book.
Bradley Pushing His Fate Upcourt (The Star-Ledger, Newark, Aug. 11)
White House 2000: Democrats (washingtonpost.com)
Texas Candidates Are Well Booked
Texas candidates are pushing all sorts of books this year during their campaigns. In addition to the typical political screeds are such diverse titles as "The Mayor's Diet" and the steamy romance, "A Perfect Match." Race car driver and "regulatory victim" Bobby Unser is also peddling a book about "the most egregious examples of the government's unjust persecution of decent, hard-working Americans."
Texas Office-Seekers Bind Words and Ideas Into Varied Publications (The Dallas Morning News, Aug. 11)
Bobby Unser Takes on the Feds (The Star-News, Indianapolis, Aug. 11)
Republicans Narrow 2000 Convention Choices Down to Five
The Republican National Committee has narrowed its choices for the 2000 convention to five sites: Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and San Antonio.
City Among Finalists for GOP Convention (The Star-News, Aug. 11)
Western Governors Make Significant Moves Toward 'Big Sky' Primary
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R) is leading an effort to create a single presidential primary day for western states, which would wrest some political power away from eastern states with earlier primaries. Leaders have discussed the idea for years, but now representatives from at least seven western states are slated to attend a November meeting to discuss logistics of such a compact.
Leavitt Meets Romer on Western Primary (The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 11)
Education Top Issue in Calif. Gubernatorial Race
Several political issues are hot in California this year, but both Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gray Davis and his Republican rival, Dan Lungren, seem to be making education their top priority.
Public Education the Defining Issue for Davis, Lungren (San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 11)
Key Race: California Governor (washingtonpost.com)
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