The Tobacco Deal: Suddenly, The Corpse Is Stirring

A pall hung over the National Governors' Assn. winter meeting in late February--and with good reason. The guvs thought they had come to pronounce last rites over the $365 billion national tobacco settlement and say goodbye to the fat cuts their states would get from the deal. Indeed, with Hill Republicans and Dems bitterly divided, Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad declared the 1997 accord between state attorneys general and Big Tobacco "dead."

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