The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 2, 1966 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 2, 1966
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Bfcthtvffle (Ark) Courtor Km - Mm** May t UN- Fife Thr«e Jim Raney: He Switched To Fight Tower Polities' By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Young Jim Raney's disenchantment with the Democratic Party began almost as soon as he took his seat in the Arkansas Senate in 1963. Power politics was the root of his dissatisfaction. "I quickly found out that I was fighting a losing battle inside the party," he said. So he became the first elected state official to switch parties, taking his name off the Democratic ballot for re-election and re-filing as a Republican. "I'd been thinking about becoming a Republican before I filed as a Democrat," he said. "I filed because there were rumors that I was retiring and I wanted to stop them." The rumors, he said, circulated in Ashley County which was placed in his district by reapportionment. Democrats quickly charged that Raney switched parties because he could not defeat Sen. George Pugh of Portland, who wound up in the same district, and that he was gambling that Republican support could turn the tide for him. Raney said he switched be- eause he believes that a two- party system is the only salvation for Arkansas politics. The 31-year-old Raney was elected in 1962 in the 16th District in an open race for a seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Oliver Williams of Sheridan, The district included Dallas County (where he was born in the Cooler Neck community) and Bradley County (where he lived at Warren). Raney was second to Dub Wells of Calhoun County in the first primary which eliminated Burgess Williams of Warren. He won the runoff. Raney resigned a job as a coach at McGehee High School to make the" race. He later went into the insurance business at Warren. Raney did not attract much attention in the 1963 Senate. He sponsored a bill to tax trading stamps but it did not get anywhere because of opposition from housewives. Then he emerged in 1965 as a leading opponent of Gov. Orval Faubus' tax programs. "It was quite obvious that we had enough votes to defeat the tax programs," Raney said. "But he (Faubus) sent U. (William) J. Smith in there, twisted a few arms and it was over." The 1965 legislture raised taxes on cigarettes and gasoline and boosted automobile land truck license fees. Raney said he even voted against a bill to refer » $150 million highway bond issue to a popular vote. "I did so because the sentiment in my district was so strong against it and there was no concrete (road construction) Today In History program offered," Raney said. "It was just a grab for more funds. "The people soundly defeated this money grab and this to me was a mandate from the people to go against any tax increase." Raney was graduated in 1952 from Fordyce High School where he was an all-district football player. He went into the Air Force two weeks after comencement. He came home on leave in December, 1952, and married Norma Jean Williams, lis high school sweetheart. His wife's parents, originally r rom Warren, movet 1 back there while Raney was in service and the young couple settled there when he was discharged in 1956. Raney worked at KWRF, a radio station owned by Lee Reaves, now director of the state Educational Television Commission, and attended Arkansas ASM College. .He interrupted his education to work a year as a machinst in Arlington, Tex., but returned to get a degree in 1961. He then embarked on his short- lived coaching career. Raney said that the Senate, during the two sessions he By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Monday, May 2, the 122nd day of 1966. There are 243 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company was chartered with a territory nearly as large as all of Europe. On tliis date In 1893, Gen. Stonewall Jack«on — one of the most brilliant leaders of the Confederate armies — was mistaken for a Union scout and shot by his own men during the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. He died 10 days later. in 1890, Oklahoma was organized as a territory. In 1912, the House of Representatives voted for the establishment of an experimental parcel post system. In 1923, Lts. Oakley Kelly and j John Macready took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, on the first nonstop transcontinental plane flight. In 1945, Moscow announced the fall of Berlin. Ten years ago—The Communist part of the United States announced a new shift of the party line to conform with the "new look" espoused by the Kremlin. Five years ago—The Canadian government announced it had negotiated an agreement to sell six million tons of wheat, barley and flour to Communist China. One year ago — President Johnson went on television to charge that Communist letters had taken over the uprising in the Dominican Republic. 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