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In the interest'
of a square deal
for the farmers
VOL. 7, NO. 12
The farmers and city workers of another state
have stuck and won. This time it is Idaho. They
had made all but two of their nominations on th8
Democratic ticket because it was the strongest
party in the state, and in the primaries on Sep
tember 3 they set up such a barrage fire of votes"
that the old gang could not get within sight of a
state or national office. The vote on the state
legislators is not yet in but the showing, on that
would probably be even better than that for the
important state offices.
Here is what the Idaho voters have done for
fundamental democracy in their/ state:
Governor... .H. F. Samuels
Lieutenant governor O. G. Zuck
Secretary of state...., William A. Fife
State auditor....... ...W. P. Rice
Attorney general. B. A. Cummings
Mine inspector William J. J. Smith
Senator—Short term J. F. Nugent
Congressman—North district ... .L. I. Purcell
'Congressman—South district.. .C. R. Jeppesen
In addition to this showing Senator Borah, in
dorsed for renomination by the League, was un
opposed, and by electing most of the precinct com
mitteemen in the various counties, the League and
labor has control of the Democratic party, which
for years has been carried ^around in the vest
pockets of the water
power and lumber trust ^......
A a an
dates conceded their de
feat and the victory of
the. League men on the
Wednesday following the
election, and the delayed
rural returns are ex
pected only to widen the
gap. .The only two of
fices for which there bad
been any misgivings
were those of attorney
general and secretory of
state, but these were ap
parently lost to the state
house ring by Wednes
day night.
The two candidates for
congress, were safely put
on the ticket, and the?
League's big fight for.
United States Senator
John Nugent put him?,
over.by a vote of 15,199j'{
to 7,563, according to the|
latest tabulations fox^
that office. Against him
was James H. Hawley£f®:
the choice of the power
trust for the office.
... .jtefcvi-
The *1!
Official Magazine of the National Nonpartisan League
Clean Sweep of the Primary Election on the Democratic Ticket—State Officers,
the Two Congressmen and Two Senators Nominated by Farmers and Workers
John Eagleson for state treasurer and Miss Ethel
Redfield for state superintendent of public instruc
tion, were also nominated without a fight.
For the legislature, the League had apparently
swept nearly* every county. Its victory in Ada
county, where the League candidates received an
average of 1,245 against an average of 1,011 for
their opponents, was one of the big surprises of
the election, and indicated that the people of the
cities are anxious to free themselves from the
yoke of the old-line politicians, just as well as
are the farmers.
Ada county, the most populous county in the
state, home of the state capitol and citadel of the
statehouse ring, went to Samuels and nearly all
the rest of the ticket. It was at Boise, the big
city of this county, that the now defunct and no
torious Ada County Council of Defense played
every possible card against the Nonpartisan league.
A week prior to the primaries occurred the vicious
but unsuccessful attempt to mob Mr. Townley to
prevent his- addressing an audience. A day later
occurred the attempt to implicate recruiting of
ficers in an attack on the League and the bombastic
speech against the League by the bogus marine
corps, man, coached in his acting by the Boise Com
mercial club. Sheriff Pfost, who prevented the
The nomination of/
.United States Senator
/^William E. Borah, the
l&vj-League candidate, OEL
""-the Republican ticket,'/
was assured from then
6tart, as Borah had no^V.'
opposition, his record be- What happened in Idaho on September 3 Is well shown here Jy Cartoonist Bicknese. Theanti-farmer
ing above attack by even-t: gangs have teen trampling on democracy in the state for years and they were so cocksure that they
his political foes. OtherV if ailed to note the dynamite which the League had put under the old-gang stand. As in North Dakota,
^League candidates onK this Idfaho gang hasnt enough left to make a decent appearance at the fall elections. The noise of the
^the Republican ticket^Vexplosion was heard in Washington, D, C* and special interests are wailing for another. "lost* state.
PAGE 'ruffi
in Idado
attack on Mr. Townley by swearing in several hun
dred deputies, carried Ada county by a flattering
majority. The latest count was 1,963 to 750 for
his opponent.
Twin Falls, another urban county, made a simi
lar showing. Seventeen precincts (including the
city of Twin Falls) out of 26 precincts in the
county, gave Samuels 242 votes over the combined
vote of his two opponents. Nugent received 1,418
to 563 for the special-interest candidate. The in
dications are that the other League candidates
haye carried Twin Falls county by three to ope.
The hopes of Martin and Van Sicklin, the two
men running against Samuels, that he would fall
below 40 per cent of the total Democratic primary
vote and thus give them a chance to count the
second choice votes and beat him were shattered.
On the face of the available returns it appeared
that Samuels would have from 55 to 60 per cent
of the total first choice votes, the remainder being
divided up among his two opponents.
Out of the 22,568 early votes counted Samuels
had 10,768, Martin 6,289 and Van Sicklin" 5,511,
and this included the larger towns of the state,
wjiere League support was the least likely. It
omitted the rural vote and especially the strong
League counties, naturally slow in reporting.
The old-line Repub
lican leaders who are as
much under the domina
tion ,of the waterpower
and lumber trust inter
ests as the Democratic
bosses, made a big effort
to throw their strength
in the Democratic pri
maries against Samuels,
but their efforts were of
no avail. The biparti
san harmony of the anti
farmer gang was ex
pected and more than
discounted by the wide
awake voters. They are
Republicans or Demo
crats only so long as
they have friends on both
party tickets. Thgre
will be another clear
line-up of the gang in
the fall elections with
the same results. Strip
ped of their partisan
camouflage the Idaho
gang can not win.
Burlington, Col.
E it N on pa is an
I need not tell you"
how Colorado is coming,
bat it is safe to say that
most of the farmers here
are joining the League.
I am glad to say that-I
am a member. We also
have a local Grange. The
farmers have to stick to
gether or Big- Biz will
have our scalps together.
The Nonpartisan league
idea is in almost every
farmer's home and -1
think it will grow.

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