BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 18, 2000 ISSUE
NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Centers of Influence


THE GOVERNORS
These eight exexecutives will take cues from Democrat Zell Miller of Georgia and GOPer George Voinovich of Ohio. With an eye to federalism, they could broker deals on education spending, welfare reform, and protecting the surplus.

THE MAVERICKS
No. 1 maverick John McCain will be the star of this unpredictable but populist-leaning bunch. He likely will hook up with Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) and others on campaign-finance reform, pork-barrel spending, and corporate welfare.

THE TECH TEAM
Freshman Democrat Maria Cantwell just barely eked out a win in Washington State, but she will have instant credibility with this coalition, thanks to her experience as a dot-com exec. Among GOPers, McCain and Robert Bennett of Utah will be influential. This troop will be active on intellectual property issues and trade.

THE CENTRISTS
Southern Democrat John Breaux (D-La.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) already have a longstanding foundation from which to work. This coalition will counter any extremists on fiscal matters.

THE LADIES' LEAGUE
Snowe and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) are the deans of this baker's dozen. The women will meet monthly and could change the tenor of debate on health care, education, and social security.

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