LOUISIANA: Last of the Red-Hot Poppas

Into Louisiana's house of representatives one day last week stormed a bulky, rumpled man, his collar tabs curling up over the lapels of his loose-hanging suit, his paunch bulging over his low belt line, his Western-style straw hat in hand. Governor Earl Kemp Long strode straight to the rostrum. "Double-cross!" he bellowed, in his gravel baritone. "I had 69 votes!" The bill before the house was one of the governor's favorites, and it had just gone down to defeat. Even as Earl bellowed, his floor leaders took their cue; member after member rushed to...

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