AUG. 24-31, 1998
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A new breed of GOP legislator has emerged to advocate for high-tech causes, from immigration liberalization to securities litigation reform. These younger politicos, including California Representative Tom Campbell, are comfortable with technology and politically savvy.
On Capitol Hill, they're called the ''Blue Dogs.'' These pro-business centrists, among them Representative Ellen Tauscher of California, believe in limited government and are willing to work across party lines to seek consensus on cutting-edge economic issues.
Farm-state Republicans such as Montana Senator Conrad Burns are becoming a key source of support on trade and commerce. While socially conservative, they resist pressure from the Religious Right to tie trade liberalization to abortion and religious persecution.
NEW ECONOMY DEMOCRATS
In the old political model, they were liberal Democrats. But with labor-management issues waning in importance, lawmakers such as Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett find themselves allied with business interests on many trade and technology issues.
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