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    Blue Dog, Brewer Differ on Clinton Scandal

    By Ryan Thornburg
    Washingtonpost.com Staff
    Monday, August 24, 1998

    Retiring Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.) hasn't been in Washington since last summer, but the veteran congressman said he would return to his job against doctors' orders if the House began impeachment proceedings.


    "There is a growing sense here that Hawaii has become a little like the old Soviet Union or North Korea with its centralized, absolute power."
    – University of Hawaii law school professor Randy Roth, on the state's Democratic dominance. (N.Y. Times, Aug. 24)

    In his first lengthy interview since he was hospitalized last July, the 82-year-old Blue Dog Democrat, who called for the impeachment of both presidents Reagan and Bush, said he supports President Clinton.
    Gonzalez Defends Clinton and Pledges His Support (San Antonio Express-News, Aug. 23)

    The Coors brewing family of Colorado gave $403,500 to groups backing legal battles against President Clinton, including the Western Journalism Center, the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation and the Landmark Legal Foundation. Coors chairman Bill Coors said the tax-exempt Castle Rock Foundation had no political agenda and was named to avoid association with the brewing company.
    Coors Funds Take on Clinton (Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Aug. 23)



    N.Y. Gubernatorial Candidates Prepare for Final Stretch
    Republican New York Gov. George Pataki and his Democratic challengers stepped up the intensity of their campaigns this weekend. Democratic hopeful Paul Vallone launched the first statewide television ads in the Democratic primary while his opponent, Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross, announced her healthcare plan.
    Vallone Is First Among Democratic Rivals to Begin a Major TV Ad Campaign (The New York Times, Aug. 24, registration required)
    Health Insurance Reforms Proposed (The Times-Union, Aug. 21)

    At two picnics outside New York City, Pataki handed out ski and state fair ticket packages worth $92 to each of 2,000 New Yorkers who volunteered their time during winter storms.
    Political Jousts Start With Rallies, Ad Blitz (The Times-Union, Albany, N.Y., Aug. 22)



    Hatch, Jackson Put Aside Politics During Personal Tragedy
    The wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) delivered a premature baby in Utah on Saturday. The baby died later that night. Home for the August recess, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) found out about the tragedy from Rev. Jesse Jackson. The senator picked up Jackson Sr.'s family from the airport and drove them to the hospital.
    Hatch Picks Up Jackson at S.L. Airport After Daughter-in-Law's Baby Dies (The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 24)



    What 83 Years of Voting Can Get You
    Voter turnout has declined steadily over the last century, but it isn't William Brown's fault. The 104-year-old Las Vegas resident cast an early vote Sunday in the Nevada primary, preserving a voting streak that goes back to the 1916 presidential election. Miss Teen Nevada was on hand to celebrate the event, which included special gifts and proclamations from President Clinton and the Clark County Commission.
    Voter Casts Ballot on 104th Birthday (Las Vegas Journal-Review, Aug. 24)



    Okla. Investigates Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports
    The Oklahoma Ethics Commission is investigating whether candidates should again be forced to file campaign finance reforms electronically. Last session, the state legislature repealed a commission mandate that required electronic filing. Proponents of computer filing says it improves access to public records. Opponents say the process is too difficult.
    State to Survey Electronic Filers (The Oklahoman, Aug. 22)



    Illinois Democrats Backing GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
    Conservative Democratic Glenn Poshard is losing the support of his party's likely voters in the Illinois gubernatorial race, according to a new poll. Blacks and women especially are bolting to support Republican nominee George Ryan.
    Poshard losing votes to GOP (The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 24)
    Key Race: Illinois Governor (washingtonpost.com)



    Nevada Gubernatorial Candidates Battle on Television
    Republican candidates for Nevada governor launched a fusillade of television advertisements to carry them through the last two weeks of the campaign.
    Squaring Off on the Small Screen (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aug. 24)



    Polls Indicate Hawaii May Get Its First Republican Governor
    The Asian financial crisis has hit Hawaii especially hard, and it may cost Gov. Benjamin Cayetan (D) his office. Recent polls show that Republican Maui Mayor Linda Lingle could end the unbroken string of Democratic governors since Hawaii became a state in 1959.
    Sea Change in Hawaii (The New York Times, Aug. 24, registration required)

    Ryan Thornburg can be reached at ryan.thornburg@washingtonpost.com

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