By Charlyne Berens
Whilst Nebraskans voted to alternate of their bicameral, partisan legislature for a one-house, nonpartisan physique in 1934, it was once a progressive determination. the folk of the kingdom listened to George Norris, their U.S. senator, whilst he argued that the hot establishment will be extra open, extra effective, extra dependable, and extra aware of the folk it was once intended to serve. An ardent innovative, Norris confident his fellow Nebraskans nonpartisan unicameral may take strength from the elites and go back it to "the people." One condo examines the magnetic and pushed personalities at paintings in the back of the unicameral's construction and chronicles the lawmakers' struggles to stay precise to the populist, innovative imaginative and prescient of its founders and the folks of Nebraska.
Using old study, surveys of Nebraskans and of present and previous kingdom senators, in addition to in-depth interviews with senators and legislative observers, Charlyne Berens examines even if the guarantees that Norris and his fellow unicameral promoters made have held up through the years. Garnering loads of help and a few feedback from the electorate of Nebraska, the one-house legislature is still a special test in American democracy in addition to a robust image of Nebraskans' identification.
Charlyne Berens is an affiliate professor of journalism and mass communications on the collage of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the writer of strength to the folk: Social selection and the Populist/Progressive excellent and Leaving Your Mark: The Political occupation of Nebraska nation Senator Jerome Warner.
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Land was available, crops were good, and loans had been easy to come by, but prices stayed low. 0pt ——— Normal PgEnds: , (7) Power to the People / 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 men was enough to account for the price drop in a time when consumption was increasing and middlemen were making big proﬁts. The wolf seemed always to be just outside the farmer’s door, and many farmers were sure the wolf wore monopolist clothing.
He suggested that the existing legislature establish a study commission made up of members of both its houses to see what could be done to improve the body. The commission reported to the 1915 session of the legislature, recommending a one-house body with a membership somewhere between the thirty-three members then serving in the senate and the hundred in the house. ” 16 Furthermore, they said one body could more directly represent the public will of a democratic people and would be more representative and responsible, eliminating the opportunity for vote trading and buck-passing between houses.
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