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And Tulsa global, August 2, 1939. - 1 forty six- - 147- forty two [bid. BORN SO BER LIBERALITY STIFLED : period OF REFERENDA initiated concept, despite the fact that, contained a provision earmarking profit for faculties or old-age advantages, Phillips vowed to not post it. "I do not believe repeal is the answer to the state's . . . problems," acknowledged the chief of financially hard-pressed Okla­ homa; the tax perspective was once "not the right kind method to procedure the liquor query. "49 To wets who had guaranteed themselves of Phillips' energetic help in their plan due to its profit gains, his statement got here as an excruciating jolt. however, drys weren't pleased with the Gover­ nor's assertion. They most well-liked no election in any respect, and his willingness to publish the expected referendum on the pri­ mary justifiably revived outdated fears. 50 What aggravated the professional­ hibitionists was once that Phillips allegedly broke a pre-election promise to put any liquor query at the common election poll. even if he made any such pledge or no longer is tough to figure out. the true distinction among the Governor and his dry pals, who had so lately showered him with ego-satis­ fying compliment, used to be one that revolved upon the perception of the executive's legitimate duty-of no matter if the governor may still recognize a legally perfected petition or arbitrarily deny voters the rig t to have it made up our minds on the so much handy time. Drys . mamtamed that regardless of the government did, his motion may still show an curiosity within the welfare of the nation, which intended, in fact, putting repeal up for a vote whilst wets will be at an obstacle. Phillips did achieve a few help for his stand. The dry Frederick chief hailed the Governor's choice as reasonable and democratic. Phillips' own convictions, stated the chief, didn't hinder him from honoring the purpose of the initiative and referendum sections of the structure. An election at any time, the paper guaranteed its readers, might "set the [liq- uor] advocates again on their haunches for an additional decade. " The Altus occasions Democrat reviewed the Governor's accom­ plishments and joined in his safeguard ; the castigation of Phil­ lips was once uncalled for and unfair. To refuse wets an opportunity on the poll field will be autocratic, exclaimed the Anadarko information. fifty one Drys, despite the fact that, ate up with the will to maintain a coverage they thought of morally defensible and socially cred­ itable, didn't reckon with what their very own response could were had they exchanged locations with their hated oppo­ nents. In January, 1 940, Phillips deferred the election until eventually No­ vember. Wets grieved, drys had fun. The Governor gave as his cause the truth that the repeal team then circulating pe­ titions, the Oklahoma fee for Liquor keep an eye on, do not need an offer prepared for the July fundamental. additional, he denied that he had ever intimated any purpose of putting the difficulty at the poll yet, it appears, Phillips suffered from short-term amnesia, for certainly he had as soon as steered that to newshounds. fifty two until wets mustered sufficient names for a sound petition, earlier squabbling over the election may stay simply educational.

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