Robert Novak

Patton Boggs, which has had experience in representing other unions trying to shed criminal influences, is headed by super-lobbyist Tommy Boggs. Both of his parents were powerful Democrats in Congress. Robert D. Luskin, who is the Patton Boggs expert lawyer on white-collar crime and union corruption, will handle the Teamsters' account.


Two Republican senators who are former governors -- Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and George Voinovich of Ohio -- have broken with the GOP line against state taxation of sales on the Internet.

They are blocking passage of a Republican-sponsored bill that would extend the moratorium on Internet taxation. The National Governors Association (NGA) is sponsoring a bill to coordinate state tax plans on the Web. Alexander and Voinovich are both former NGA presidents and remain close to the organization.

A footnote: Ohio's Republican Gov. Bob Taft, under conservative fire for his high tax policies, is pushing hard against extension of the moratorium.


Former Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, the ex-chairman of the House Republican Conference registering for the first time as a Washington lobbyist, has not started out with the Fortune 500 as his early clients.

His client list contains less than household words in American business: Robinson Aviation, Xyant Technologies, Luther Speight & Co. and Syntroleum Corp. Watts also is representing the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, the Golden Hill Pauggussett Tribe and Langston University.

A footnote: Watts has been urged to run for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Republican Sen. Don Nickles, an opening in serious danger of being filled by the Democrats. However, Watts has made clear he has no interest in returning to politics at this time.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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