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Greetings From ICI Five years ago, on Labor Day, 1951, the ICT Insurance Company officially became a Texas labor-sponsored , company. just a little later, ICT Life Insurance Company was formed by ICT. The goals of both companies were identicalto provide Texas union members with the opportunity to buy their insurance from their own companies. In the five years of ICT’s operation as a business enterprise owned and operated by and for Texas union members, the entire insurance industry of Texas has undergone some se / vere hardships. But today, on Labor Day, 1956, Texas Labor looks to a great future for its companies and ICT looks to a great future of service and profit to Texas Labor. On this Labor Day, 1956, the ICT Insurance Company and the ICT Life Insurance Company congratulate Texas Labor on its growth and accomplishments and pledge, to the working people of Texas continuing growth and accomplihment by their insurance companies. ICT Insurance Company ICT Life Insurance Company Texas GOP Sees Ike Win HOUSTON Texas Republicans are outwardly confident that they can carry the state for Eisenhower and Nixon again in 1956 even without the line-up of official support they had from Texas officeholders in 1952. The Texas delegates to the San `Don’t Spare Ike,’ Rayburn Advises SANTA FE Speaker Sam Rayburn advised Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver not to spare President Eisenhower in the presidential campaign at a Southwestern strategy meeting here this week. The Democrats will blame Eisenhower “for the shortcomings of this administration,” Rayburn said. “P resident Eisenhower should not be sparedthis is Eisenhower’s administration.” At a press conference, Stevenson had observed that someone said in the strategy conferenc’e that Eisenhower should be held responsible for his administration, but he wasn’t sure who said it. “I did,” Rayburn said. “He is the head of the administration.” Sen. Lyndon Johnson and other. Texans were also present at the seven-state meeting. Gov. Frank Clement of Tennessee is scheduled for a Texas speech for the Democratic nominees. Francisco convention are back in the state after fulfilling routine roles there. A Houston Republican woman, 32-year-old Mrs. Wallace B. Scheidau, was selected by the President to make the first of eight seconding speeches. This was the highlight of the Texas participation. “During his administration, my family:s income has gone up and yet has not been gobbled up by rising prices,” Mrs. Schneidau told the delegates and the TV audience. “We’ve been able to balance our family budget just like the President has balanced the national budget.” She also said Eisenhower restored to the White House “a religious quality and a high dignity” that was “lacking so long in Washington … I’ve said it before, and I say it again, even in Texas we’ve never seen anything so good.” Texas GOP delegates carried two Texas banners in the demonstrations for Eisenhower and Nixon. REPUBLICAN Rep. Bruce Alger of Dallas was among 27 GOP congressmen running for re-election who had their pictures taken with Eisenhower. Alger said he found Eisenhower looking grand with “a good pink glow” to his complexion. Republidan national committeeman Jack Porter of Houston said Vice President Nixon will campaign in Texas and that he hopes Eisenhower will, too. He said the GOP will be “organized in every precinct in the state” and will win in Texas if necessary without the help of Sen. Price Daniel and the new Democratic executive committee. He also said he was “fully aware” that Gov. Allan Shivers is now a “lame duck” official. \(Shivers is Delegate John Tower of Wichita Falls was worried about GOP apathy in other states, although he said it wouldn’t affect Texas “because we know we have to fight for everything we get.” Porter said apathy and complacency “will disappear in the heat of the campaign.” Texas GOP chairman John G. Adams of Harlingen said Eisenhower retains his popularity in his native state and will win over Adlai Stevenson again. He said one issue will be the possibility that Stevenson would try to return tidelands’ to federal control The GOP platform hailed the Republican controlled Congress’s return of the tidelands to state control. It also took what Thad Hutcheson, one of the two Texas members on the convention platform committee, called a compromise civil rights plank acceptable to the North and the South. The plank “accepted” the Supreme Court integration decision and endorsed enforcement with “all deliberate speed” at the local level by federal courts. Porter said Texas and the South got “everything we wanted” out of the convention. Hutcheson said it doesn’t commit “the abominable sin of trying to fool both the North and the South,” which he said the Democrats’, ,plank did. Sandlin Refuses tion reconvene Sept. 10 “for the purpose of considering matters vital to the Democratic Party of Texas.” Mrs. Kathleen Voigt of San Antonio, director of organization for the Democratic Party in Texas, made such a demand Aug. 8, charging the Shivers forces are planning to “steal” the convention by seating conservative delegations from controlling counties. Such a special convention would probably unseat the Shivers appointed executive committee. Bob M c Gr a d y of Sterrett, speaking for a twelfth district caucus in Hillsboro, said a resolu tion had been adopted there asking that the credentials hearings start four days before Sept. 11. Sandlin says there is no doubt conservatives will have a majority. “A lot of counties they \(the be their votes at the convention.” he said. He called the loyalist demands cries of the vanquished. “The liberals are putting out the usual tripe that delegates to the September convention should stop Shivers, Sandlin, and Brownell from ‘stealing’ the Sept. 11 convention,” Sandlin said. “The truth is that Texas Democrats have shown by their votes this year that middle-of-the-road conservatives still are in a great majority.” Hart, Dies in an editorial this week, maintained Daniel “seems obliged to honor his promise for an open race.” Some were also advising Daniel against a pre-November resignation on grounds that Republicans would be better organized to win a sudden-death race Nov. 6 than they would at a special election. Daniel promises to resign before his installation as governor, provided he has received the Democratic nomination. , State Ad Politics Conceded AUSTIN Tom Reavley, Texas outspoken young Secretary of State, has stirred up a small but furious hornet’s nest among a handful of weekly newspaper publishers. In keeping with the old political patronage plan, Reavley admits he put the knife to , political opponents of the Shivers administration by not giving state legal advertisements to politically unfriendly publishers. The bone of contention is $100,000 worth of legal advertising in the form of nine proposed constitutional amendments which are to be voted on in the Nov. 8 general election. Among those papers which were left off the advertising list are the Tulia Herald, the Kountze News, and the Canadian Record. Editor Ben Ezzell of the Canadian Record told his readers: “Nine amendments to the State Constitution are going to have to be voted on by the citizens of Texas next November. Prior to that election, The Record will publish the texts of these amendments as a public service to our readers …. although we will not be paid by the State of Texas for the publication. “Although the state law requires that the Secretary of State have all proposed amendments to the state constitution published ‘in a newspaper of general circulation’ in every county in the state … with the obvious intent that the newspapers so chosen ixr each county should offer the widest possible circulation and readership …. such publications are more often handled at the direction of the governor in power, or the state legislators … as political plums to be handed out to the faithful, or as a political punishment to be withheld from those newspapers which have earned official displeasure through their independent editorial policies. “We don’t know exactly where we rate in the scale, or why … but we do know that publication of the amendments has been pointedly withheld from the Record in spite of the fact that this newspaper has by far the largest circulation in Hemphill County 7 7 SECRETARY of State Reavley, contacted by the Observer, confirmed that some publishers’ opposition to the Shivers administration had been the deciding factor against their receiving any of the ads in question. However, he declared, such cases have been held to a minimum. The secretary said that although t h e amendments have been published in some 600 Texas newspapers, there have been only a few complaints. His records show that the Kountze News has been offered the opportunity to publish three of the amendments but had not answered the letter. Reavley went on to explain that the statutory powers of the Secretary of State on the matter were “very broad” and there is “nothing illegal about selecting a man’s friends” for awarding such advertising. He said in cases where he had to choose between what he termed a “state friend” and someone who had been “outspoken opposition,” with “everything else being equal,” he had, “of course,” selected the’ “friend.” He added: “I -don’t believe that this will come as a surprise to many people, and I doubt that it will be changed for a long time to come.” Reavley also thinks the whole plan of legal publications should be changed. He doesn’t believe the state got its dollars’ worth because the small print was hardly readable and “not enticing.” He suggested that instead of legal publications several thousand pamphlets should be printed on future ‘proposed amendments and distributed to the county clerks to be handed out to anyone interested. B. B. THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 5 Aug. 29, 1956