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  • McDougal Speaks, Say Prosecutors
  • Wash. Governor Candidates Get No Breaks
  • Jenkins Challenging La. Senate Result
  • Top Clinton Civil Rights Official Resigning
  • From Lawmaker To Lobbyist

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    McDougal Speaks, Say Prosecutors

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, Nov. 14) -- Whitewater figure James McDougal is cooperating with the government, prosecutors indicated in papers filed Wednesday that asked for a delay in sentencing the former business Clinton partner on bank fraud charges. The papers added that McDougal had spoken to prosecutors and FBI agents "numerous times, providing them with information pertinent to their on-going investigation." McDougal has said he would never cooperate, but his lawyer, Sam Heuer, said Wednesday, "You've got to represent your client and do what you think is in their best interest."

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    Wash. Governor Candidates Get No Breaks

    SEATTLE (AllPolitics, Nov. 14) -- Washington's gubernatorial candidates are getting litte respite after their campaigns. Defeated GOP hopeful Ellen Craswell has been told a lump on her leg is liposarcoma, an aggressive malignant tumor, her husband said Wednesday. The cancer doesn't seem to have spread, and surgery seems likely to help. Healthwise, things are much better for Democratic Gov.-elect Gary Locke, but he may have to hit the fund-raising trail again. Locke says he'll need about $220,000 for his transition, and it looks like he'll only be able to squeeze $120,000 out of Democrat Mike Lowry, the current governor. Lowry is resisting suggestions that he dip into his $850,000 emergency fund.

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    Jenkins Challenging La. Senate Result

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AllPolitics, Nov. 14) -- Supporters of Republican senatorial candidate Woody Jenkins worked through the night, searching for ballots they hope authorities will discount. "It'll probably be later this morning as we continue to comb through this stuff to see what kind of case we can make of it," Tony Perkins, Jenkins' campaign manager, told The Associated Press early today. "We're actually still getting stuff in from various parishes." The Louisiana secretary of state certified the final count Wednesday showing Democrat Mary Landrieu with 852,945 votes (50.17 percent) and Jenkins with 847,157 votes (49.83 percent) -- a margin of only 5,788 votes.

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    Top Clinton Civil Rights Official Resigning

    WASHINGTON (CNN, Nov. 14) -- The Clinton Administration's top civil rights official announced Thursday he's leaving his post for personal reasons. Deval Patrick, the Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, says he is resigning Jan. 20. "I don't have any firm plans," Patrick told reporters at a Justice Department news briefing. "My main objective is to be closer to, and have more time with, my family." His wife and children live in Boston. Patrick told reporters that heading the administration's efforts to preserve government affirmative action programs was the most difficult challenge of his four-year tenure at Justice.

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    From Lawmaker To Lobbyist


    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Nov. 14) -- Several recently-retired members of Congress are following the career path of other former lawmakers and joining more lucrative lobbying firms. Rep. Sam Gibbons (D-Fla.) and Rep. Bill Brewster (D-Okla.) are the latest to join these ranks, according to The Associated Press. With every election cycle more and more public officials are going through the "revolving door," taking the insider contacts and clout gained on Capitol Hill to benefit the private sector. The fall-out from the 1994 elections resulted in 91 resigned or defeated congressmen registering as lobbyists. As common as the move has become, some in Washington want to slow down the process. Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) hope to try again to pass legislation that failed last year that extends the current one-year waiting period on former congressmen and aides before they can lobby their onetime colleagues. Feingold said of the current trend, "What we are talking about here is a classic case of conflict of interest ... It's one of the worst abuses in Washington."

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