LA horse Racing Commission SIGNED Earl K Long & Martin

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State of Louisiana Executive Department

Appointing Irwin F. Poche, Sr. to the LA State racing commission 1954

SIGNED by Earl K. Long (in the first year of his last term) & Wade O. Martin Jr . !!

Great condition two minor tears (see pic) Comes framed (as in pic)

The Louisiana Racing Commission reviews, regulates, governs and supervises all forms of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering in the State of Louisiana. Created by legislative act in 1940. The Commission is composed of thirteen members, one representing each Congressional district plus 2 at-large and 4 representing each of the parishes w live racing is held. All are appointed by the Governor, subject to State Senate confirmation.

Earl K. Long "Uncle Earl" , August 26, 1895 - September 5, 1960 three-time Democratic governor of Louisiana, the "last of the red hot poppas" of politics, referring to his stump-speaking skills. He served from 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960. He was also lieutenant governor, having served from 1936-1939, but he failed in three other bids to be elected lieutenant governor. In 1932, he lost to state House Speaker John B. Fournet of Jennings in Jefferson Davis Parish; in 1944, he was defeated in a runoff by J. Emile Verret of Iberia Parish, and in 1959, the position went to the conservative Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock of Franklin in St. Mary Parish. In that first defeat, Earl's brother, Huey Pierce Long, Jr., endorsed Fournet, but the rest of the Long family stood with Earl. The outraged Earl, at thirty-six, called Huey "the yellowest physical coward that God had ever let live." Huey Long said of Earl: "Earl is my brother but he's crooked. If you live long enough he'll double cross you. He'd double cross Jesus Christ if He was down on earth." In 1944 Long blamed his failure to become lieutenant governor on Secretary of State Wade O. Martin, Jr ., a former ally with whom he quarreled for many years tafter. Long was well known for eccentric behavior, leading some to suspect that he suffered from bipolar disorder. In his last term in office his wife, Blanche Revere Long(1902-1998), and others attempted to remove him on the grounds of mental instability. For a time, Long was confined to the Southeastern Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville, but his legal advisor, Joseph A. Sims, was said to have "rescued" Long from the institution. Long was never formally diagnosed with any mental illness, and a large part of the motivation for this effort may have been political; his wife's involvement may have been related to his affair with stripper Blaze Starr . Paul Newman played Earl in the 1989 film; BLAZE

Wade O. Martin, Jr. April 18, 1911 - August 6, 1990) was the Democratic secretary of state in Louisiana under five governors, having served from 1944 to 1976. Though originally part of the Long faction, Martin quarreled with Governor Earl Kemp Long during Long's third term in office, and Long relieved Martin of nearly all of his powers as secretary of state. In 1944 Martin, Sr., and Jr., coaxed Gremillion to withdraw from the race, in which Gremillion had run second to Wade, Jr. Gremillion's exit hence made Wade, Jr., the official Democratic nominee, equivalent at the time to election in overwhelmingly Democratic Louisiana. William J. "Bill" Dodd, a state legislator at the time of the 1944 election, wrote in his memoirs, Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics , "That a deal was made seemed evident -- when Gremillion wound up with a big job in Wade Jr.'s office." After his 1954 inauguration, Long convinced the legislature, the majority of the members being Long allies at the time, to move against Martin, who was himself considered a "Longite" by unofficial affiliation. Martin's office was stripped of four essential duties: (1) a separate commissioner of insurance (Martin was insurance commissioner AND secretary of state from 1944-1956.) would be established, (2) a separate position of "custodian of voting machines," later called "elections commi...