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• K STREET. Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has registered two new clients: TracFone Wireless and the American Association for Justice. Waxman has been lobbying the administration but took on the new clients as his ban on lobbying Congress expired last month. For TracFone, disclosure forms say that Waxman and his firm, Waxman Strategies, are working to protect the Lifeline program, which provides government subsidies for low-income individuals to obtain affordable cellphone service. The American Association for Justice is currently trying to fight against forced arbitration agreements and other efforts that prevent class-action lawsuits. Waxman chaired both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while in Congress.

• TECHNOLOGY. Dish Network has added another lobbying firm as it battles against mergers in the tech space, including the proposed deal between Time Warner Cable and Charter. Heather Podesta + Partners will help the company — which itself was once a potential merger partner with T-Mobile — with advocacy on merger issues and on retransmission consent reform and video marketplace competition, according to lobbying disclosure forms. The company also has law and lobby firm Steptoe & Johnson, Emmer Consulting and Dunkel Government Relations on retainer. 

• LAW ENFORCEMENT. The White House last year announced that it would scale back the program that allows the Pentagon to pass certain surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies. The National Sheriffs’ Association has now hired Ervin Hill Strategy to work on issues related to “Appropriations and [the Department of Defense],” forms submitted to the Senate say. The Ervin Hill lobbyist working on the account, John Blount, had represented the association at his last employer, Tauzin Consultants, before switching over last month. The association has one other lobby firm on retainer.