Adras LaBorde

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Adras Paul LaBorde, I (December 12, 1912 – March 6, 1993), was a reporter, managing editor, and columnist for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the largest newspaper in central Louisiana. His career stretched from the mid-1940s into the early 1990s. An authority on twentieth century Louisiana government and politics, he wrote some 10,000 columns under the title "The Talk of the Town," a play on the name of the newspaper. LaBorde wrote endlessly about the strengths and the foibles of Louisiana's vast array of determined politicians, each of whom tried to convince voters that "good times" would arrive if only they could hold the elective office in question or secure their election promises.

A columnist's dream: colorful politicians, Louisiana-style

LaBorde witnessed the state's transformation of rivalry between Longism and anti-Longism and the slow rise of serious Republican competition to the traditional Democratic majority. He saw the "good government" types battle the "old guard," and sometimes found little difference between the antagonists. He did not endorse candidates for office on the editorial page—a policy that the newspaper has since changed—but wrote extensively on everyone, including the following in alphabetical order:

Ernest S. Clements, Jimmie Davis, William J. "Bill" Dodd, Allen J. Ellender, Jimmy Fitzmorris, Camille Gravel, Jack P.F. Gremillion, Francis Grevemberg, William J. Guste, J.......
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