Susan McDougal's Father: Starr 'Lower Than A Worm'
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, Sep. 8) -- Relatives of Susan McDougal gathered in front of the federal courthouse here Saturday, urging her release from a contempt citation in the Whitewater affair. "Kenneth Starr is lower than a worm, and he'll never get any higher," said James Henley, Susan McDougal's father. McDougal and her ex-husband were partners with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the failed Whitewater land development. Susan McDougal still faces a two-year sentence on her Whitewater convictions, as well as embezzlement charges in Los Angeles.
Arizona Worries About Its Reputation
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AllPolitics, Sep. 8) -- In the wake of Gov. Fife Symington's conviction last week on real estate fraud charges, some Arizona residents wonder what scandal will hit next and the impact of the state's reputation for political corruption. In the past decade, another governor, Evan Mecham, was impeached and removed from office, and in the "AzScam" sting, seven state legislators were indicted after accepting cash from an operative posing as a crooked lobbyist. All together, it's left some Arizonans deeply embarrassed. "What we need is an honest governor in this state," said Fred Ortiz of Tucson, who watched last week's Symington verdict on live TV. "Enough is enough. There's too much corruption." Tom Volgy, a political science professor at the University of Arizona, said the verdicts are discouraging. "It's caused a sense of sadness, anguish and frustration," he said.
Whitman Runs Afoul Of Auto Insurance Issue
TRENTON, N.J. (AllPolitics, Sep. 8) -- A little-known Democratic challenger has succeeded in putting Gov. Christine Todd Whitman on the defensive on the pocketbook issue of automobile insurance in the governor's race. State Sen. James E. McGreevey is making inroads against the popular Whitman by tapping voter anger about paying the highest auto insurance premiums in the nation. McGreevey has offered a plan to cut premiums by 10 percent, and Whitman has revived a failed plan that she says could cut rates by about 25 percent.
Hillary Clinton Will Go To Calcutta
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 8) -- First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will lead the official U.S. delegation to Saturday's state funeral in Calcutta for Mother Teresa, White House sources tell CNN. Neither President Bill Clinton nor Vice President Al Gore will attend. It not known yet who else will go with Mrs. Clinton, who attended Pri