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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 25, 1910)
VOLUME 10, NUMBER 4f
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb,
Alabama 1909, August; 10 by voluntary
Arkansas 1901, April ,'25; by voluntary
"California 1908, April 10; directly through
Colorado 1901, April 1.
Connecticut (See table B.)
Florida Directly (law of 1901).
j Georgia By voluntary party regulations.
Idaho 1901, February 21; directly through
Illinois 1903, April 9; directly (law of
Indiana 1908, March -19; directly.
Iowa 1907, March 12; directly (law of
Kansas 1909, March. 1; directly (law of
Kentucky 1902, February 10; voluntary
party regulation used in 1907,
Louisiana 1907, November 25; directly (law
Maine (See Table B.)
Maryland Directly by voluntary party reg
ulations. - '
'"J Massachusetts (See Table B.)
Michigan 1908, March 11; directly,
Minnesota 1901, February 9.
Mississippi Directly (law of 1902).
Missouri 1907, March 6; directly (law of
Montana 1907, February 21; directly (law
Nebraska 1903, March 25; directly (law of
Nevada 1903; directly.
New Hampshire (See Table B.)
New Jersey 1907, May 28 'r directly (law 'of
New York (See Table B.)
North Carolina 1907, March 11.
North Dakota Directly (law of 1907).
Ohio Directly advise. (See Table B.)
Oklahoma 1908, January 9; directly (law
Oregon 1908, March 12; directly (law of
Pennsylvania 1901, February 6.
Rhode Island (See Table B.)
South Carolina By voluntary party regula
tions. South Dakota 1908, March 18; directly (law
Tennessee 1905, March 14; act of 1908 for
direct nomination was later held invalid.
Texas 1901, April 17; directly (law of
Utah 1903, March 12.
" Vermont 1903, March 7; (See Table B)
Virginia By voluntary party regulations.
Washington 1903, March 7; directly (law
Wisconsin 1908, March. 11; directly (law of
Wyoming 1895, February 16.
States That Have Not Yet Passed Resolutions
and Applications, But Showing tho Real
Endorsement of Popular Sentiment
Connecticut Democratic platform of 1910
demands popular election of senators.
Florida People directly nominate senators
under law of 1901.
Georgia People by party regulation, through
primary, instruct their legislature.
'Maine Democratic platform of 1910 demands
popular election of senators.
Maryland People directly nominate by vol
untary party regulation.
Massachusetts On May 11, 1910, the lower
branch of the legislature passed a resolution
favoring election of United States senators by
direct vote of the people, but this was defeated
by tho state senate. Democratic platform of
1910 demands populaT election of senators.
Mississippi People directly nominate under
law of 1902.
New Hampshire Democratic platform of
1910 demands popular election of senators.
New York Democratic platform of 1910 de-j
mands popular election of senators.
North Dakota People directly nominate un
der law of 1907.
Ohio People directly advise as to United
States senators. The state permits under the
law of 1908 direct nomination of senators by
primary. Democratic platform of 1910 demands
popular election of senators.
Rhode Island Democratic platform-of 1910
demands popular election of senators. , ,' ,
South Carolina People nominate by volun
tary party regulations. , " ' ',
Vermont Democratic platform of 1910 de
mands popular election of senators.
Virginia People nominate by voluntary
States That Seem to Have Disqualified Through
Some Failure in Detail in Their Reso-
lntions or Their Applications
"Alabama Application was made specifically
to the Sixty-first congress. As this congress
expires on March 4, 1911, there will probably
be no time for it to act, so their application will
be thrown, out. It is further said that nothing
on the subject from this legislature Is on the
flies of .congress.
Arkansas Did not send its application to
congress, but to the president to be presented
by him to the congress.
California Did not make application to con
gress, but its joint resolution read "that our
senators be instructed and our representatives
be requested to vote for the submission of an
Kansas Did not send its application to con
gress, but to the vice president of the United
States and to the speaker.
Kentucky Though its application seems
properly made out to be sent to the president
of the senate and to the speaker, it is said that
the application is not on the files of congress.
As this resolution was passed in 1902, over
eight years ago, the application, If Buch were
made, is probably lost.
Missouri The joint 'resolution of the state
legislature did not mention any application to
congress in any form whatever.
Montana Did not present its resolution and
application to congress, but to the president of
the United States, to the speaker of tho houso
and to its representatives in congress.
Nevada In sending its resolution and appli
cation ignored the senate and applied to the
president of the United States, the speaker and
the stato representatives in the congress.
North Carolina Did not send its applica
tion to ttie president of the senate, but to the
vice president of the United States (a technical
'error which the senate would not overlook), to
the speaker and to the state's representatives
Oklahoma Resolution and application does
not state directly and specifically that its legis
lature desires a constitutional amendment on
popular election of United States senators, but
it "wishes to join with other states for a con
stitutional convention, and that at such con
vention Oklahoma will propose among other
amendments the one on direct election, etc."
Whether this technicality will pass the senate
Is, at least it seems, doubtful. It makes its
application to both houses, not to the president
of the senate and to the speaker of the houso
Pennsylvania While the application seems
addressed in proper form, it is said that no
application is on file in congress. Perhaps as
this was made nine years ago, it has been lost
Tennessee Like Nevada, ignored the senate
and sent its application to tho president of the
United States, the speaker and to its represent
atives in congress.
Texas Seems to have its resolution and ap
plication in proper form,Jnit it is said that no
application is on file in congress. After a lapse
of nine years it is probably lost.
Utah Ignored the senate and sent its ap
plication to the president of the United States
and to the speaker of the house.
Washington Failed, lik'e Missouri, to make
any provision in "its resolution to br.ipg it before
congress, but merely urged other state legisla
tures to pass a similar resolution.
Wyoming Did not apply 40 either senate or
house in any form, but merely to its senators
and representatives to bring it to the1 attention
of congress. .
LAFOLLETTE'S WARNING .
Senator Robert M. LaFollette gives
his views of the significance of the elec-
tion results and incidentally provides
the democrats with a warning in this
-"The result of the 'fall electidn is -a
declaration in plain terms that the peo-
pie of this country will -have no more
senate and house committees in the
American congress dictated in Morgan's
private office, and no more bills drawn
by his attorneys in New York, Philadel-
phia and Boston. It serves notice that
laws shall be enacted and government
administered in the public interest, or
the men and the party responsible will
be driven out of power.
"It was not a democratic victory in
the states where democracy won. It
- was a republican defeat. It condemns
the Taft administration Ballinger,
Wickersham, Hitchcock and their like.
It is a repudiation of Aldrichism in the
senate and Cannonism in the house. It
is a stern warning to the republican
party to renounce, in executive and legis-
lative departments of government the
leadership of administrative officers,
senators and representatives who are,
in fact, the petty servants of the Mor-
"The election was otherwise deeply
significant. Where insurgency was
strong, where there was real pro-
gressive leadership, loyal and un-
faltering, it won loyal and unfaltering
support. No progressive leader, how-
ever popular, was able to make the pro-
gressive ,vote subservient to any party.
Wherever attempted, thousands of pro-
gressives withheld their votes in disgust
or cast them for democrats as a rebuke
and a warning against any attempts to
compromise the progressive cause for a
party advantage. t
"In the final analysis, the real signifi-
cance of the November election is that
the American people did their best to
express their approval of progress and
their disapproval of reaction and com-
A live, energetic young democratic attorney
desires to locate in a new, growing town in the
southwest, Oklahoma preferred. .Kindly send
information as to desirable opening to Departr
ment L, Commoner, Lincoln, Neb.
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