The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1954 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 19, 1954
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iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiM "What the Than Anything - > • , * Is More Maine Elections Above Statement Made By A NORTH DAKOTA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER There is thinking going on everywhere, in all sections of tfce corn belt, and in the wheat belt, and in the State of Maine, too -i . . *~cmd the morr people think the more they wonder just what the Republican party is doing and means* f£ do to agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson doesn't mince words — he speaks right up and tells you just what he thinks is good for the farmer — and furthermore he takes credit for seeing that things are done just the way he wants them done. "; ; .«•'''. > Speaking in Kossuth county and during his press interview, Secretary Benson made some amazing-statements: The pledge of 1952 now doesn't mean what it said then — it means something else: the farmer will be better off getting less money for his crops: the less money he gets the more freedom he is going to have: the spread between what the farmer gets and what he has to buy is about the same as always, says Mr Benson. Where in the clouds is Mr Benson living? There is only one way that the farmers and the business men and laboring men who depend on the buying power of farmers, can call a halt to the present direction of lowered farm supports and lowered farm income. They will be able to call that halt when they vote November 2. ' • Vote DEMOCRATIC On Nov. 2 This Message Prepared and Paid For By the GILLETTE - HERRING - WILCOX of Kossuth County, Iowa WHAT DID HAPPEN IN , > - *' • • J ''•""" (As. reported In Newsweek magazine In issue of Sept. 27, 1954)- .. Rock-ribbed Republican' Maine surprised the nation by electing a Democratic, governor* . . ; • " There are dozens of rea? sons why : ;, woMH? governorship, and dozens of reasons why the Demo- » cratic candidates JOIN the state legislature and foiv Congress piled up such a big vote. ,, -. ; Over the years the .Republican party had fal%n ! into the habit, of taking; '] Maine for granted. It had grown remote from the people; even worse, the Republican leadership had lost touch with the Repybli-. » can rank and file. Voter's with grievances, e-ven Republican party workers, met an increasingly chilly reception in the state capital. The attitude there, was: " ' September, they/11 vote Republican anyway,"' . The only surprising thing abo f yt.'what happened, on. election day was the force of the explosion. Not only did (Edmund S.) Muskie become the first Democrat to win tKe governorship in/twenty years — The Democrats also made striking ga,jn§ jn tnt'ecU^ ture. .They picked up foyr seats in the state senate and ten in the state house pf representatives . '.. . the Democrats did better this^ year fhan in, any electipn in the past two decades. .-•;•' , ;In- campaigning the. Democrats had the aid pt many dissident Republicans. Neil Bishop, who ran against Cross for the Republican nomination for governor in \ 952, ca me but for Muskie. "Farmers for Muskie^ actually was organized by a Republican — Obed Millett, chairman of the town Republican committee of Palmyra. The Republicans paid little attention to the issues that were bothering people, but attempted to ride back into office on President Eis,- enhower's coattails. Vice President Richard Nixon came into the state to campaign for the Republicans, and that was his appeal, too. There is one thing on which both parties agree. Maine proved that Republican candidates cannot hope to win office on President Eisenhower's popularity alone,

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