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THE PROGRESSIVE PLATFORM OF NEBRASKA DEMOCRACY
' We, the democrats of Nebraska iri state convention assembled,
send greetings to the democrats of the nation and congratulate
them upon the good results at the Baltimore convention in the nom
ination of Woodrow Wilson for president and Thomas R. Marshall
for vice-president, and in the adoption of a good thoroughly pro
We hereby express our unqualified approval of the nominees
and of the platform.
We point with pride to the leadership Nebraska's democracy
has taken during the past eighteen years under the guidance of
William J. Bryan.
,We congratulate the democrats of the nation that they had in
Nebraska's distinguished citizen a man who dared defy the ele
ments that had wrecked the republican party and that sought at
Baltimore the destruction -of the democratic party; that with su
perb courage he challenged the right of those elements to dominate
in democratic convention and stood for what he believed to be the
interest of "the folks at home;" that through his leadership the
convention "at Baltimore was transformed from what at one time
seemed to be a reactionary gathering into a real democratic conven
tion with real democratic candidates standing upon a genuine dem
ocratic platform. We cordially approve Mr. Bryan's course at Bal
timore and we heartily commend him for the course he adopted,
and we congratulate him upon the magnificent victory.
We approve the work of the democratic house of representa
tives, and we heartily Commend the Nebraska democratic delegation
in either, branch of congress for' their faithfnl efforts to represent
in the votes they have cast the democratic sentiment in Nebraska.
We invite attention to the fact that there are important prob
lems of state government, and we pledge the best efforts of demo
cratic members of the legislature and other democratic officials to
the solution of these problems by the way of constructive legislation.
We favor the adoption of the proposed constitutional amend
ments providing for the initiative and referendum.
We favor the adoption of the proposed constitutional amend
ment giving to eities of more than 5,000 population the privilege of
framing their own charters consistent with the constitution and
laws of the state.
We favor the adopt oin of the proposed constitutional amend
ment providing for a board of control for the government of state
institutions, and we promise that the democratic governor will ap
point as members of the state board men upon whose integrity and
capability the people may rely for economical and businesslike con
duct of all the affairs of the state institutions.
We favor zealous guardianship of the right of the state to reg
ulate common carriers with relation to interstate commerce.
We favor the passage of a law having for its purpose the abo
lition of vote trading, commonly called "log rolling" in the legis
lature. We favor a law requiring the governor to make public the
names of all persons who petition him, either verbally or in writ
ing, to approve or veto an5' measure.
We commend the last democratic legislature for the passage of
the Ollis stock yards bill, and we promise such further regulation
of stock yards as the public welfare may require.
We promise the faithful enforcement of the anti-lobby law to
the end that such a law shall no longer be a dead letter upon the
We favor the enactment of a law creating a state highway com
mission in order to help systematize road construction and thereby
further the good roads movement.
We favor the eight-hour day for all toilers, especially in the
case of state and municipal work..
Our state is rich in natural resources not yet developed, a con
dition due to the lack of public knowledge of such wealth.
"We therefore favor a liberal appropriation by the legislature
for the purpose of giving publicity to the state's resources.
We favor the enactment of a law directing and empowering
the state, and to limit the earning power of such corporations to
accounts of all public service corporations doing business within
the state, and to limit the earnig power of such corporations to
reasonable proportion of the capital invested.
We recognize in the merger of the telephone companies of the
state an effort to establish a complete telephone monopoly. We
promise that our member of the railway commission will do every
thing in his power to see that the telephone business is properly
regulated and that rates charged for telephone service are reason
able. We further promise such additional legislation as may be
necessary to protect the interests of the users of telephones in Ne
braska.l We deplore the needless delay in the disposition of controver
sies throughout the courts of the state, and especially that of the
supreme court, and pledge our candidates to the legislature, if
elected, to support such measures and endeavor to crystalize into
law an act of the legislature which will result in. the speedier dis
position of cases in the higher courts of the state, and at the same
time safely guard the rights of litigants.
Nebraska's awkward and inequitable taxation system should
be replaced by a twentieth century method. We favor, therefore,
taxation reform by separation of the sources of the state and local
revenues, thus giving to counties and towns the privilege of enjoying-
the taxes from purely local valuations. Land held for purely
speculative purposes and without improvements ought to carry a
larger share of taxation than it now bears.
To this end we promise to submit to the vote of the people a
proposed constitutional amendment enlarging the powers of the
legislature with respect to the enactment of the taxation system,
and then provide for the selection of a commission whose business it
will be to investigate and report for the consideration of the legis
lature its idea of the taxation system best suited to Nebraska's pe
We favor insurance reforms for "old line" as well as fraternal
We favor automatic benefit in ease of lapse of policy after three
annual premiums have been paid.
Securities in which insurance reserves are invested should be
deposited with the state for the protection of the policy holder, and
the initiative arid referendum should be given to fraternal organiza
tions for the protection of the rank and file. ,
Recognizing the growing demand for scientifically trained
teachers to the end that the best results may be realized from the
vast sums of money annually expended for the maintenance of our
public schools, we favor liberal appropriations for our four state
normal schools and for normal training in the high schools. We
point with pride and approval to the fact that the last two' demo
cratic legislatures appropriated more money for ' the permanent
equipment of normal schools than had been before expended for
like purpose during the entire history of the state. We pledge our
selves anew to the support of these institutions commensurate with
their growth and demands.
We point with pride to our state university and agricultural'
college and favor liberal appropriation for institutions.
We denounce the usurpation of power on the part of the .fed
eral judiciary, as shown by the decision of Judge Daniel Thew
Wright of the District of Columbia, wherein he sentences to impris
onment sueh champions of the wage earners of the nation as Samuel
Gompers and John Mitchell for daring to exercise the perogatives
of free speech. And we-call upon Nebraska's representatives in
congress to investigate the record of this procedure with a view to
the judge's impeachment.
We favor a just working man's compensatory law and pledge
the passage of such a measure by a democratic legislature.
We favor the enactment of a law prohibiting any person or
firm engaged in the sale or manufacture of intoxicating liquors
from contributing money or valuable things to any person or or
ganization, or to any contest where the question of liquor is in
volved. The penalty for a violation of this law shall -be forfeiture
of license and fine.
We pledge the best efforts of democratic members of the leg
islature and all other democratic officials to the following described
policies with respect to state government: .
Reservation for the people of control over the water power pro
vided by Nebraska rivers arid the leasing of rights with supervision
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,A "blue sky" law patterned after the Kansas law and re
quiring investment schemes to undergo examination by the state
board. ' ,
Prison reform with the abolition of the prison contract, the es
tablishment of a binding twine factory, for the more desperate men,
anu me purcnase 01 a large iarm ior tne training in agriculture,
horticulture and manual training of those prisoners who are willing
to be helped to an improved view of life. '
" The dependent wives and children of the inmates of the state
prison should not be derived entirely of a father's or husband's
earning power, but a certain portion of the regular hire, as well as
overtime earnings of the prisoner having a mother, wife or child
dependent upon his labor, should be devoted to the support of those
JOHN H. MOREHEAD.
John II. Morehead, democratic candidate for governor, was
born in Iowa, upon a farm. He attended district school and worked
as a farm hand until he was old
enough and far enough advanced
to enter a business college. He
worked his way through the busi
ness college, then came to Ne
braska. About al he had when
he crossed the Misonri river to
the sundown side was health,
strength and a determination to
succeed honestly and fairly. He
found work as a farm hand, theu
secured a certificate and taught
country school for a year or two,
and having saved up a little
money engaged in the general
merchandise business at Barada,
Richardson county. In business
he was successful, and he invest
ed his money in land and en
gaged in fanning and stock rais
ing. Although now classed as a
banker, Mr. Morehead gives more
attention to his farm and live
' live stock enterprises than to
banking. While engaged in business at Barada he was nominated
for county treasurer by the democrats,' and to everybody's surprise
but his own was elected the first democrat elected to office in that
county. Two years later he was re-elected by, a greatly increased
majority.' In 1910 he was nominated for state senator, and he
again broke a record, being the first democrat ever elected to the
state senate from that district. He was made president pro tern
of that body and served with credit. Mr. Morehead served two
terms as mayor of Falls City, and in 1908 was a delegate to the
democratic national convention. He has always .given his hearty
support to Mr. Bryan ( in every campaign, and advocated the re
form' policies which have made Nebraska democracy famous
throughout the nation. Last spring he was nominated for governor
by the democracy of the state. -
Mr. Morehead makes no pretense of being an orator. He is a
level-headed business man who believes that it is the duty of the
state's chief .executive to conduct the state's affairs on strict busi
ness lines insisting upon a dollar's worth of service for every dol
lar paid, and select public servants because of their ability to per
form their duties instead of because of purely partisan service. He
is thoroughly committed to the political reforms outlined in the
democratic state platform. He was fighting for reform when some
who are now so loudly protesting their progressiveness were well
known sa corporation tools. With other progressive men he labored
successfully to give the state a workable initiative and referendum
law, a board of control for the state institutions, a non-partisan ju
diciary which measure was vetoed by his opponent for the office
of governor and other reforms. If Nebraska wants a chief execu
tive who will be a Chautauqua attraction instead of a business over
seer, Mr. Morehead is not the man. If Nebraska wants a level
headed, successful business man to manage the state's business af
fairs, Mr. Morehad is the man for the position. He will be on the
job all the time, giving it his best attention.
The Shelton Clipper is a republican paper that was once edited
by a gentleman who would scorn to misstate facts, and who was
above willful misrepresentation of any man. That there has been
a change is readily observed by those who have had occasion to
note the Shelton Slipper of late. In a recent issue the Clipper said :
"Mr. Morehead 's political record is enough to satisfy and pro
gressive in the country as to his brand of democracy and progres
sion. In every vital instance when a vote in the body of which
he was a member he east his lot, not with the people for a better
ment of civic governmental conditions, but with the special interests."
It is true that Mr. Morehead 's senatorial record, as well as
his record as a private citizen, marks him as progressive enough to
satisfy any. honest, and thoughtful progressive who really studies
the records of men. It is not true that Mr. Morehead cast his lot
with the "special interests" to the abandonment of the interests
of the people. The record proves the contrary. Mr. Morehead ad
vocated and voted for the initiative and referendum. He voted for
the constitutional amendment providing for a board of control of
the state institutions. He voted, against the attempted grab of
Governor Aldrich, who sought an illegal appropriation to pay the
grocery bills of the executive mansion. He voted for liberal appro
priations for agricultural extension and other educational purposes.
He voted for the bills safeguarding the life and limb of men and
women- working for wages in mills and factories and upon public
buildings. When the present editor of the Shelton Clipper was be
ing pinned up instead of buttoned up, John H. Morehead was fight
ing for progressive principles. He was advocating and fighting for
many of the things that so-called republican progressives have just
discovered long before the present editor of the Clipper was out of
short pants, and long before" Theodore Roosevelt had discovered
the Ten Commandments or repealed that one of the ten which for
bids the bearing of false witness.
The Clipper says "Mr. Morehead is a nice old gentleman who
has accumulated a fortune in the banking business." Mr. More
head is a comparatively young man, his fortune is not large, and he
made most of what he has out of farming and stock raising. Other
wise the Clipper comes near to the truth in its quoted statement.
The Clipper further says that "Mr. Morehead was picked up by
the interests a year ago to be the democratic nominee for governor,
and although he spent a small fortune on his own primary cam
paign, the interests went him one better in their support arid left
not a stone unturned." It is the easiest thing in the world to make
false statements; much easier than to investigate and tell the
truth ; and the Shelton Clipper, under its present management,
chooses the easier way. Will Maupin's Weekly first mentioned Mr.
Morehead 's name in connection with the governorship. This news
paper advocated his nomination because its editor has known John
II. Morehead for more than a quarter of a century! He knows Mr.
Morehead to be a clean,, progressive arid enterprising citizen; a
man of unquestioned integrity, a successful business man who
never wronged man, woman or child; who is as free from corpora
tion control as any business ' man in Nebraska ; who worked his
own way up from the bottom without ever having had a dollar
given him, and without ever having taken a dollar wrongfully. Mr.
Morehead filed a sworn statement of his primary expenses, and if
what the Clipper says is not true, then the Clipper is subject to
prosecution for libel. It might be well to make an example of some
newspapers that are so free in charging public men wjth violation
of the 'law. . ' ,
ANDREW. M. MORRISSEY.
A native of New York, Andrew M. Morrissey came to Nebraska
before he was a voter and pioneered in the extreme Northwestern
part of the state. He studied law while working at anything he
could find to do to earn an hosent livelihood, and was admitted to
the bar. He practiced in northwestern Nebrsaka for a number
of years, and his reputation for ability soon extended beyond the
bounds of the state. Handling important eases involving large in
terests, he found himself pitted against the foremost -attorneys of
Nebraska and adjoining states, and he always gave a satisfactory
account of himself. About two years ago he removed from Valen
tine, where he had had practiced for a number of years, and located
in Lincoln.' Last spring his friends in the northwest insisted upon
his filing for the demorcatic nomination for "attorney general, and
he yielded. His standing as an attorney and as a citizen among
the people of the northwest, where he had lived, man and boy, for
years, was attested by the handsome vote given him, and he was
nominated by a handsome majority over an unusually strong op
ponent. , .. 7
Mr. Morrissey is unusually well equipped to discharge the du
ties of attorney general. He is thoroughly informed as to the liti
gation in which the state must engage, has familiarized himself
with pending suits, .is full of energy and ambitious only to serve
the people with credit to himself and to their satisfaction. His
standing at the bar is evidenced by the respect in which he is held
by his fellow practitioners, and he is thoroughly devoted to the re
form measures that the people are demanding. , i ,
The Tamora Lyre says that Mr. Morehead in his address to the
Grand Island convention "either forgot or failed to say anything
about the Baltimore platform," or even say that "he would stand
upon and holler his head off for the contents of the democratic
state platform." The Lyre, either intentionally or unintentionally,
is. Mr. Morehead did endorse the Baltimore platform.' He did not
mention the state platform specifically ior Ihe simple retson that
it had not been presented to the convention at the time Mr. More
head made his address. But he did express confidence that 'the
platform to be presented would be a good one, and asserted his
wil'lingness to stand by the will of the majority. Instead of
"growing chesty because he had amassed a few dollars," as the
Lyre asserts, Mr. Morehead contented himself with pointing to his
record as a business man as an evidence of his ability to administer
the business of the state in a businesslike manner.
How about that seed corn?
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