NEW YORK: How to Pass Laws

Governor Thomas Edmund Dewey, something less than a success as a national campaigner, last week showed that he still knew a thing or two about the practical politics of handling a legislature.

Tom Dewey desperately wanted a rent-control law that would operate whether or not federal controls were extended. Such a bill would also be a fine vote getter for Dewey—and so all the Democrats, under orders from State Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick, refused to vote for a rent bill Dewey could take credit for. Three of his own Republicans in the senate...

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