Clean Politics, Clean Streams: A Legislative Autobiography by Franklin L. Kury

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By Franklin L. Kury

During this legislative autobiography Franklin L. Kury tells the tale approximately his election to the Pennsylvania condo of Representatives, and later the Senate, opposed to the senior Republican in the home and an entrenched patronage association. the one Democrat elected from his district to serve in the home or Senate because the Roosevelt landslide in 1936, Kury was once instrumental in enacting the environmental modification to the kingdom structure, a entire fresh streams legislations, the gubernatorial incapacity legislation, reform of the Senate’s process for affirmation of gubernatorial appointments, a brand new public software legislation, and flood undeniable and typhoon water administration legislation. the tale informed this is in line with Kury’s reminiscences of his event, supplemented by way of his own records, broad study within the legislative information, and conversations with individuals a professional at the concerns. This booklet is definitely documented with notes and appendices of important records. a number of chapters supply distinct “inside” descriptions of ways campaigns succeeded and the enactment of laws occurred. The passage of the environmental modification, fresh streams legislation, public application code, flood undeniable and hurricane water administration legislation, and the gubernatorial incapacity legislations are stated in a way that unearths what it takes to move such proposals. The e-book concludes with the author’s reflections at the legislature’s ancient legacies, its current operation, and its destiny.

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At the appointed hour only one couple arrived. I felt hugely embarrassed. My self-confidence, which had been growing steadily, crashed. Miss Blatt, however, took it in good stride and told me not be discouraged. In mid-October we ran a series of radio ads to make a preemptive strike on a fundamental tenet of the Lark organization, the straight Republican vote. Lark always preached that the only safe vote was a single “X” in the Republican Party block on the Northumberland County paper ballot. This meant a vote for every Republican candidate.

Two weeks before the election the campaign made a second preemptive strike on the Lark organization and the county commissioners, who were in charge of conducting the election count. Through my friend Dean Fisher, a lawyer in Williamsport, we obtained the services of Thomas C. Raup, a lawyer in Fisher’s office and a part-time assistant district attorney of Lycoming County. We issued a press announcement that Raup had been appointed special counsel to the campaign. Raup personally went to a County Commissioners’ meeting on my behalf and reviewed with them the procedure for tabulating the votes and guarding the ballot boxes.

And he was successful. No one gained a county Republican nomination without his approval. By winning consistently in the county, Lark became one of the Republican county leaders who met to choose their candidate for governor and other state offices. Lark’s leadership produced a classic political “machine” based on patronage, giving government jobs to the party faithful in exchange for voting loyalty and financial contributions from their government paycheck. The County Courthouse row offices and the state Department of Transportation highway maintenance shed provided the core of the patronage.

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